Inaugural Kit Film Noir Festival At Columbia University

The first annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival, presented March 21 – 25, 2018 by the Columbia University School of the Arts at the new Lenfest Center for the Arts in Harlem, NY. Titled The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir, the program is the first in a projected annual 10-year series devoted to the legacy of film noir.

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Eight films, all in 35mm: Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944), Laura (Preminger, 1944), The Lodger (Brahm, 1944), The Maltese Falcon (Huston, 1941), Murder, My Sweet (Dmytryk, 1944), Phantom Lady (Siodmak, 1944), Scarlet Street (Lang, 1945), and The Suspect (Siodmak, 1944). These were among the U.S. films shown in Paris following World War II, when American movies returned after an absence of several years and astonished French audiences with the change in style, tone, and theme from pre-war Hollywood. French critics gave this trend a name that has stuck: film noir.

Screenings will be accompanied by discussions with James Naremore, Indiana University; Thomas Elsaesser and Annette Insdorf, Film and Media Studies, Columbia University; and writer-director Paul Schrader.

The festival is curated by Rob King, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Film and Media Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts.

The festival is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76) in honor of his parents, Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit. Information about his parents’ passion for film noir can be found here.

Screenings will be accompanied by discussions with James Naremore, Indiana University; Thomas Elsaesser and Annette Insdorf, Film and Media Studies, Columbia University; and writer-director Paul Schrader.

The festival is curated by Rob King, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Film and Media Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts.

The festival is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76) in honor of his parents, Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit. Information about his parents’ passion for film noir can be found here.

March 21–25, 2018

Tickets: $12 General Admission / $10 Senior Citizen (65 and older) / $8 Student
Packages: $40 for four films / $75 for all eight films

Advance ticket sales are available online. For sales day of screening, tickets will be available online and on-site.

For a complete festival schedule and ticketing information, please visit https://arts.columbia.edu/noir

Wednesday, March 21
7:30 pm
Keynote address by James Naremore, Indiana University
The Lantern, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Thursday, March 22
7:30 pm
The Maltese Falcon (Huston, 1941)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Friday, March 23
7:30 pm
Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Saturday, March 24
12 pm
The Lodger (Brahm, 1944)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

3 pm
Laura (Preminger, 1944)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

5 pm
Paul Schrader in Conversation with Annette Insdorf, Film and Media Studies
The Lantern, Lenfest Center for the Arts

7 pm
Murder, My Sweet (Dmytryk, 1944)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Sunday, March 25
1 pm
The Suspect (Siodmak, 1944)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

3:30 pm
Phantom Lady (Siodmak, 1944)
followed by a lecture by Thomas Elsaesser, Film and Media Studies
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

7 pm
Scarlet Street (Lang, 1945)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Lenfest Center for the Arts, West 125th Street, between Broadway and 12th Avenue, lenfest.arts.columbia.edu

Photo credit: Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity, 1944. Via hollywoodlady.tumblr.com/

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