Join us on the second Sunday of each month for screenings of the finest films in the grittiest genre. There will be some introductory remarks and then discussion after the movie.

Leading the series is Bill Birken, a lover of film noir and a PhD. In English History from UNC-Chapel Hill who has worked in the Cataloging Department of UNC-Davis Library for more than forty years.

Meeting Room B

  • The Killers
    April 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Iconic noir and the big film debut of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, with a killer score by Miklos Rosza, that the audience will recognize. Directed by Robert Siodmak in 1946.

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  • Out of the Past
    May 12, 2019
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Many many consider this perhaps the best noir ever made. Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas, are dynamite! Directed by Jacques Tourneur in 1947.

    Get a preview here
  • Force of Evil
    June 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - The great John Garfield in his prime, supported by Thomas Gomez, who the year before became the first Hispanic actor nominated for an Academy award. (He's even better in this!) Directed by Abraham Polonsky in 1948.

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  • Raw Deal
    July 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Anthony Mann was one of the great noir directors. This may be his best. With the legendary cinematographer, John Alton, behind the camera. Released 1948.

    Seeing is believing. Check it out here.
  • The Set-Up
    August 11, 2019
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - There are many great noir boxing movies. Garfield in "Body and Soul". Douglas in the "Champion", but even they can't top Robert Ryan's performance in this one. Not merely a great noir or a great boxing movie, just a great movie, period. Ryan was an inter-collegiate heavyweight boxing champion at Dartmouth. The film is done in real-time. Not easy, but realized to perfection here. Directed by Robert Wise in 1949.

    Not sure? Take a look here.

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