“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 François 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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