‘Film Noir’ celebrates one of the most seductive and enduring cinema movements. Conjuring images of private detectives, femme fatales, neon-lit streets and dive bars, film noir melded the glamour and thrills of Hollywood’s crime films with the black and white aesthetics of German expressionism.

Sexy, smart and sinister, these films offered escapism for 1940s and 1950s audiences still reeling from the Depression, two world wars and Cold War tensions.

‘Film Noir’ considers a history of this distinctly American style. It brings together a selection of pre-noir films from the 1920s and 1930s, including beloved gangster stories (Underworld 1927, Josef von Sternberg) and influential German expressionist films (M 1931, Fritz Lang), alongside film noir classics (Double Indemnity 1994, Billy Wilder; The Big Sleep 1946, Howard Hawks).

It also considers contemporary cinemas with the themes and aesthetics of film noir (Taxi Driver 1976, Martin Scorsese; Drive 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn) and its ongoing international influence (Goldstone 2016, Ivan Sen).

For ticketed film programs the Cinémathèque Box Office opens one hour prior to screenings and you are able to purchase snacks and refreshments during this time. You are more than welcome to take your drinks into the cinema. As we do not screen trailers prior to films, we suggest you arrive early to allow plenty of time to enter and find a seat.

For the full program, visit qagoma.qld.gov.au.

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