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OLD WEIRD AMERICA: Film Noir

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Program Type: Lecture
Age: Adult

After WWII, the U. S. emerged as a world power, enjoying the greatest economic boom in the history of the world. While many remember that optimism was at an all-time high, America was actually 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 the about some of the characters who made up this dark world, and the elements of culture these atmospheric films represent.

 

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