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After WWII, the U.S. emerged as a world power, enjoying the greatest economic boom in the history of the world. America was experiencing a cultural malaise that reached its climax during the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s. The black and white crime dramas which French critics dubbed Film Noir, often featured a war weary male anti-hero led further astray by a scheming woman toward a tragic end. Come see and hear about some of the characters who made up this dark world, and the elements of culture these atmospheric films represent. Virtual program, please register under events!