Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Kit Film Noir Film Festival 2019

The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival

Into the Night:
Cornell Woolrich and Film Noir


Wednesday-Sunday, March 27-31, 2019

Many films shown on 35mm. Click here or see below for full schedule.

The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
The Lenfest Center for the Arts
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“As a master of dread, he has conceivably no pulp equal.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum


Short story maestro, former Columbia student, muse of suspense filmmakers: Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968) lived all of these lives. A prolific man of letters, Woolrich has had his novels and stories adapted into nearly 40 films and dozens of episodes of radio and television. Yet despite his strong influence on the postwar crime film, Woolrich has remained overshadowed by his hard-boiled contemporaries: Chandler, Hammett, and Cain.

The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival seeks to correct this oversight. The festival will present 11 adaptations of Woolrich’s fiction: from the canonized masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window) and Fran├žois Truffaut (The Bride Wore Black) to lesser known “B” films such as Monogram potboilersFall Guy and The Guilty.

The screenings will be accompanied by a series of talks by Woolrich experts and film historians. Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, located in Butler Library, will also host an accompanying exhibit of items from the Cornell Woolrich Papers.

Students have access to free rush tickets for each screening with a CUID pending availability.
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Weds, March 27

7:30pm: Keynote Lecture by James Naremore (University of Indiana)
Free with registration

Thurs, March 28

7:30pm: Deadline at Dawn and Nightmare (double bill)
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Fri, March 29

7:30pm: Black Angel
Followed by a discussion with Francis M. Nevins (Cornell Woolrich biographer) and Ann Douglas (Columbia University)
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Sat, March 30:
“B Movie” Woolrich Day


1pm: The Guilty and Fall Guy (double bill)
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4:15pm: Lecture by Frank Krutnik (University of Sussex)
Free with registration

6pm: The Leopard Man and Return of the Whistler(double bill)
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9:15pm: The Chase
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Sun, March 31:
Woolrich/Hitchcock/Truffaut Day


1pm: The Window
Followed by a free screening of “Four O’Clock”
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4:15pm: Lecture by Pamela Robertson Wojcik (Notre Dame)
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6pm: The Bride Wore Black
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8:45pm: Rear Window
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Programmed by Rob King (Columbia University). Festival managed by Soheil Rezayazdi.

This festival is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76), in honor of his parents.

Tickets: $12 General Admission / $10 Seniors (65 and older) / $8 Student*
Packages: $40 for four films / $75 for all eight films
Advance ticket sales available online only
Day-of screening ticket sales available on-site, pending availability

*Students will have access to free rush tickets 30 minutes prior to each screening, pending availability and with a valid CUID.

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