August 31, 2011

Emory Cinematheque features film noir this fall

A still from the 1947 film "Out of the Past." (Photo courtesy of Department of Film and Media Studies)

The Emory Cinematheque Series presents "Dark Streets and Dangerous Dames: Film Noir (1944-1996)" for its weekly 35mm screenings this fall.

The series opens Aug. 31 with the 1947 classic "Out of the Past" starring Robert Mitchum. Other titles include "Double Indemnity" (1944), "Chinatown" (1974), and "Pulp Fiction" (1994). The free screenings are held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 205.

Series curator Michele Schreiber says film noir never ceases to fascinate audiences.

"These films are unique in their dark and pessimistic depiction of American culture—a rarity in the classical Hollywood period—and contain a host of other ingredients that make them among American cinema's best: great music, striking visuals, interesting storytelling, and complex character types," says Schreiber, assistant professor of film studies.

Emory Cinematheque, a collaboration between Emory College and the Department of Film and Media Studies, is one of the few film series bringing 35mm repertory programming to the Southeast. In addition, the film department hosts special screenings and lectures by international filmmakers, scholars and critics.

For the full Cinematheque fall series and other Emory film events, visit

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