Film Noir Series - CRIME: Pulp, Art and Hollywood

Thursday, January 24, 2013

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Thu, 2013-01-24 18:00 - 20:00

Join our Film and Discussion Series with Facilitator Ron Hagell: "M".

German technicians and directors migrated to Hollywood through the middle of the 20th century and greatly influenced a style of crime dramas known collectively as “film noir,” liter-ally “black movies.” The look was dominated by sparse settings, high key shadowy lighting, tough talking cops and bad guys (and girls). The style so dominated the screen that its legacy is still with us today.
This series looks at the style from the origins in Berlin into the end of the beginning, with 40s & 50s Hollywood movies that are now classics.

“M” (1931) Directed by Fritz Lang (Metropolis) and made in pre-war / Pre-Nazi Berlin. Hollywood was influenced greatly by German expressionism and with this film, in particular: a crime drama with a twist. The Berlin underworld is getting a bad name so they go after a whistling child killer played by Peter Lorre. Scenes in the underworld kangaroo court are not to be missed.

Film discussions will be led by Ron Hagell, BA, MFA – an experienced film writer/director who has taught screenwriting around the world (RISD, University of London, Frankfurt University
and more).

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