Saturday, June 13, 2015

Film Noir Friday

(Double Indemnity (1944), one of my all time favorites)

I love Film Noir. Film Noir is hard-boiled crime fiction from the 1940s and 1950s. It's filmed in black and white, and involves a central figure, usually a private eye, plainclothes policeman, aging boxer, hapless drifter, or some victim of circumstance caught in a web of crime and deceit. It shows us the dark underbelly of society, making us uncomfortable with the fine line that divides the good and bad in everybody. 

This summer Turner Classic Movies is having a Film Noir festival every Friday night. Summer of Darkness will feature over 100 Film Noir classics. And, as part of this festival, TCM is also offering a free nine-week Internet based Film Noir course available to non-TCM subscribers as well. I'm not a TCM subscriber but not to worry. Many of these classic Noir films are available on YouTube for free, including the German Expressionistic film M.

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