Surrender yourself to the sleek and sexy world of Film Noir
Global conflict is a pretty awful thing, but there’s at least one small positive we can take away from it – it makes for some pretty spectacular art. Born as the product of the Great Depression and the disillusionment of the post-war era, the genre of film noir has remained one of the most enduring in the cinematic universe. After all, what’s not to love about femme fatales, private eyes and all of the neon? From March 31 to May 21, GOMA’s Cinémathèque will take on the moody and broody classics for Film Noir, a program that celebrates the darker side of life.
Integrating a mixture of modern marvels and old-time favourites, Film Noir has been curated to explore the best titles from before the genre’s inception right up until the present day. Pre-noir films such as Josef von Sternberg’s Underworld stand alongside classic titles to the tune of Double Indemnity and The Big Sleep, joining some of this generation’s own interpretations of the genre like Drive and Gone Girl. If you’re not quite across the concept, don’t fret – you can catch a free introductory session on Saturday April 1 with Jane Stadler, the University of Queensland’s Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies.
Adding another layer of sophistication to the Film Noir roster is the special screenings that marry movies with a live score. Viewers can take in silent masterpieces that have been re-scored in two very different ways – Underworld will be accompanied by a live performance on the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer organ by David Bailey, and F. W. Murnau’s Der Letzte Mann gets a post-rock makeover when local band hazards of swimming naked provide a live soundtrack.
Want to get in touch with your more sinister side? You can take a look at the seductive Film Noir program and pre-purchase tickets to screenings through GOMA.