Film Noir Screening Series at SECCA

"On Thursday June 11th SECCA will kick off the 1st annual Going Dark Film Noir Screening Series. Over the course of six weeks SECCA will screen a definitive noir film every Thursday night 8pm in the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium. 

Inspired by SECCA’s current exhibition Alternative Modernisms, the selections for Going Dark center around motifs that characterize the film noir genre and highlight the work of directors and actors who were essential to the creation of the noir style, including Fritz Lang, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Mitchum, Gloria Grahame, Sterling Hayden and many more.

Overly theatrical and highly stylized film noir is a genre of fatalism and pessimism, of mean streets and shadows, of bottom-feeders and the defeated. Through stories saturated in guilt, desperation, lost innocence, ill-fated romance and violent desire the films featured in Going Dark strip away the veneer of civilization and explore the darkest aspects of modernity. 

Tickets are $5 at the door. Cash and credit card accepted.

Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 8:00 PM
Double Indemnity  (1944)
In this film noir masterpiece, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets seduced by the beautiful Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) and tricked into plotting the murder of her husband. 

Directed by Billy Wilder
Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson
107 min

Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 8:00 PM
Thunder Road  (1958)
Hard-edged Tennessee moonshine runner Luke Doolin (Robert Mitchum) makes risky high-speed deliveries for his father, Vernon (Trevor Bardette). Under pressure from both gangsters and the government, Luke must defend his way of life. 

Directed by Arthur Ripley
Starring Robert Mitchum, Trevor Bardette and Gene Barry
92 min

Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 8:00 PM
The Big Heat  (1953)
Homicide detective Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) is hell-bent on uncovering the far-reaching corruption of the violent gangster Mike Lagna (Alexander Scourby) and his sadistic henchman Vince Stone (Lee Marvin). As Bannion gets close to exposing the truth he is marked for death and his family is put in mortal danger. 

Directed by Fritz Lang
Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Alexander Scourby and Lee Marvin
90 min

Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 8:00 PM
The Wrong Man  (1956)
Drawn from the true story of a man charged with a crime he didn’t commit, this film follows the story of musician Manny Balestrero (Henry Fonda), who stands accused of armed robbery. His defense attorney says its all a misunderstanding, but the stress of the case threatens to destroy Manny’s family before his name can be cleared.   

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Anthony Quayle 
105 min

Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 8:00 PM
The Asphalt Jungle  (1950)
Led by aging criminal mastermind Doc Riedenschneider, a gang of thieves executes a plan to steal $1 million in jewels. As they scramble to pick up the pieces after the successful heist, the men become entangled in webs of deceit, betrayal and murder. 

Directed by John Huston
Starring Sterling Hayden, Marilyn Monroe and Louis Calhern
112 min

Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 8:00 PM
The Killing  (1956)
Before he goes straight and marries his girlfriend, Veteran criminal Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) recruits a team of small-time crooks for one last heist to steal millions from a racetrack. When the covetous and less-than-faithful wife of one of his cohorts learns about Johnny’s scheme, she hatches a plot of her own.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Starring Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray and Vince Edwards

85 min"

- A Press Release

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