While technically meaning "black film" in French, as a genre film noir classics are perhaps more accurately described as post World War II crime films whose pessimism and menace cast dark shadows across America's blinding brightness. But as this series proves, film noir doesn't have to be monochromatic, as we present five noirs whose explosive color paints a bleak but exciting picture of dreams gone wrong.
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Jeffries (James Stewart), a prize-winning photographer, has a broken leg, and sits sweating out his days spying on the neighbors from his cramped apartment. At first aghast at his pursuits, girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) eventually join him as he uncovers--or thinks he uncovers--a murder. This classic is at once sexy, thrilling, hilarious, and one of the most entertaining pictures the Master ever gave us.
Presented by the Heights Theater and The Trylon Microcinema
35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.