Film Noir

Sunset Boulevard

Thu, Aug 16 | 6 PM

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Ritchrath

An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help set up her movie comeback. The screenwriter believes he can manipulate her, but he soon finds out he is wrong. The screenwriters ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence, madness, and death. Dir. Billy Wilder. 1950.

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Touch of Evil

Thu, Aug 30 | 6 PM

Guest Speaker: Steve Tarter

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies (Joseph Calleia), are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie (Janet Leigh), in jeopardy. Dir. Orson Welles. 1958. PG-13.

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