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This Saturday: PROTO-NOIR

The American film noir genre that flourished briefly in the late 1940s and early 1950s had its roots in German Expressionist films of the 1920s. The German filmmalkers' thematic preoccupation with the dark side of human nature, expressed in shadowy lighting, stark mise-en-scene and morally ambivalent characters, was profoundly influential upon post-war cinema, and resonates today.


This Saturday's Movies - 4/29/2017
4:00 PM
Berlin: The song of the city, from the trains, to the people, to the theatre,starting at the earliest morning (about 5:00am) and ending in the deepest night.

(Germany, 1927, B&W, 72 mins, dir. Walter Ruttmann, Silent with music score)

5:05 PM
Marianne Darelle finds that she is suddenly and forcefully drawn to a small seaside town that she has never been to before, and there she begins a strange relationship with a married man -- and is shocked to discover that he, too, was pulled into the town by a force that he can't explain, either.

(One Step Beyond, 1959-1961 television series about the supernatural.)

5:30 PM
As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death. In order to reunite herself with her fiance, she must save one of three couples from a fate similar to hers.

(Germany, 1921, B&W, dir. Fritz Lang, with Lil Dagover & Walter Janssen, Silent with music score)

7:30 PM
The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

(Germany, 1929, B&W, 133 mins, dir. G. W. Pabst, with Louise Brooks & Fritz Kortner, Silent with music score)

10:00 PM
Thymiane Henning, an innocent young girl, is raped by the clerk of her father's pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family, and must fend for herself in a harsh, cruel world.

(Germany; 1929; B&W; 116 mins.; dir. G.W. Pabst; with Louise Brooks & Andre Roanne; Silent with music score)



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