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Join our 10th anniversary retrospective of rarely seen '40s and '50s crime dramas (plus one modern neo-noir).

Watch and discuss the casts, directors and screenplays each week.

  • Session 1: Conflict
    Humphrey Bogart and Alexis Smith explore the unstable criminal mind in Curtis Bernhardt’s twisty psychological thriller (1945), with Sydney Greenstreet.

  • Session 2: Nightmare Alley
    The ultimate carny noir: Tyrone Power is the supper-club mentalist and geek, romancing Ann Sothern, Coleen Gray and Helen Walker, from William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel.

  • Session 3: Desert Fury
    Lizabeth Scott partners Burt Lancaster, John Hodiak partners Wendell Corey in “the gayest movie ever produced in Hollywood’s Golden Era” (1947), rarely seen.

  • Session 4: T-Men & Raw Deal
    Noir’s toughest ‘48 double feature with Dennis O’Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt and Raymond Burr, both by Anthony Mann and ace cameraman John Alton.

  • Session 5: Sudden Fear
    Broadway actor Jack Palance and his mistress (Gloria Grahame) can’t wait for him to marry Sutton Place playwright Joan Crawford, in David Miller’s razor-sharp 1952 noir.

  • Session 6: The Thief
    Ray Milland plays a Communist spy pursued to the topmost spires of the Empire State Building (not faked), in this jaw-dropping, untelevised 1952 noir in which not a word is spoken.

  • Session 7: Angel Face
    Jean Simmons as noir’s most unhinged femme fatale, opposite Robert Mitchum, in Otto Preminger’s unforgettable 1953 shocker with Mona Freeman.

  • Session 8: The Killer Inside Me
    Jim Thompson’s best 25-cent crime novel of 1952 becomes the most controversial neo-noir of 2010, with Casey Affleck as the deputy sheriff who murders Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson.


Brief Biography
Kurt Brokaw
is associate teaching professor at The New School and senior film critic of The Independent.

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