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Afternoon Noir

This summer could get a little steamy with a new movie series at Bosler! French film critics coined the term film noir to describe the dark (in both lighting and mood) movies popular in American cinema in the 1940s, filled with suspicion, anxiety, menace, and just a hint of sensuality. Many of these films were based on the hardboiled detective stories of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James Cain made popular during the Depression, and featured good killers, bad detectives, and femmes fatales. Join us every Monday at 2:00 beginning on June 2 as we view some of the classics of the genre, beginning with the one that (arguably) started it all...

 

Our public performance license prohibits us from advertising film titles outside of the library. You can pick up a flyer at Bosler with the film titlesfor the series, or you can watch our website and facebook for hints about upcoming offerings. Reservations are not necessary. Click here for more information or call (717) 243-4642 ext 3224. Screenings will be held in our Community Room. Feel free to bring your own snacks.

 

Movie titles will be displayed in the library, but here are some clues for this series' showings:

 

Monday | June 2 | 2:00 pm

The investigation of a publishing tycoon's dying words reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life. Written and directed by Orson Wells. (1941)

 

Monday | June 9 | 2:00 pm

Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, directed by John Huston. (1941)

 

Monday | June 16 | 2:00 pm

A hired gun and his gangster boss fall out over a woman (Veronica Lake). Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, directed by Stuart Heisler. (1942)

 

Monday | June 23 | 2:00 pm

An insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) gets seduced by a client (Barbara Stanwyck) into plotting her husband’s death. Based on the novel by James Cain, directed by Billy Wilder. (1944)

 

Monday | June 30 | 2:00 pm

A skipper-for-hire's romance with a beautiful drifter is complicated by his involvement with the French resistance. Based on a story by Ernest Hemingway, directed by Howard Hawkes. (1944)

 

Monday | July 7 | 2:00 pm

A mystery woman is a murder suspect's (Alan Curtis) only alibi for the night of his wife's death. Based on the novel by William Irish, directed by Robert Siodmak. (1944)

 

Monday | July 14 | 2:00 pm

Illicit lovers (Lana Turner & John Garfield) plot to kill the woman's older husband. Based on the novel by James Cain, directed by Tay Garnett. (1946)

 

Monday | July 21 | 2:00 pm

Private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) investigates a society girl's (Lauren Bacall) involvement in the murder of a pornographer. Based on the novel by Raymond Chandler, directed by Howard Hawkes. (1946)

 

Monday | July 28 | 2:00 pm

A veteran (Alan Ladd) fights to prove he didn't kill his cheating wife. Based on a story by Raymond Chandler, directed by George Marshall. (1946)

 

Monday | August 4 | 2:00 pm

A gambler (Glenn Ford) discovers an old flame (Rita Hayworth) in South America, but she's married to his new boss. Based on a story by E. A. Ellington, directed by Charles Vidor. (1946)

 

Monday | August 11 | 2:00 pm

A murderer (Laurence Tierney) marries a young innocent then goes after her more experienced sister. Based on the novel by James Gunn, directed by Robert Wise. (1947)

 

Monday | August 18 | 2:00 pm

A married woman's (Joan Crawford) passion for a former love drives her mad. Based on a story by Rita Weiman, directed by Curtis Bernhardt. (1947)

 

Monday | August 25 | 2:00 pm

After an unjust prison sentence, a young innocent gets mixed-up with hardened criminals and a violent escape. Based on the novel by Edward Anderson, directed by Nicholas Ray. (1948)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 12, 2014

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