‘Film Noir’ celebrates one of the most seductive and enduring cinema movements. Conjuring images of private detectives, femme fatales, neon-lit streets and dive bars, Film noir melded the glamour and thrills of Hollywood’s crime films with the black and white aesthetics of German expressionism. Sexy, smart and sinister, these films offered escapism for 1940s and 1950s audiences still reeling from the Depression, two world wars and Cold War tensions.
‘Film Noir’ considers a history of this distinctly American style. It brings together a selection of pre-noir films from the 1920s and 1930s, including beloved gangster stories (The Public Enemy 1931, William A Wellman) and influential German expressionist films (M 1931, Fritz Lang), alongside film noir classics (Double Indemnity 1944, Billy Wilder; The Big Sleep 1946, Howard Hawks). It also considers contemporary cinemas with the themes and aesthetics of film noir (Taxi Driver 1976, Martin Scorsese; Drive 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn) and its ongoing international influence (Goldstone 2016, Ivan Sen).
LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL
Jean Reno (Da Vinci Code, Ronin) is Leon, a deadly and elusive killer. He lives a routine life, alone in New York with just his pot-plant for company-until the day his twelve year-old neighbour Mathilde (Star Wars’ Nathalie Portman in her screen debut) rings his doorbell in desperation. Mathilde has just narrowly escaped being murdered along with her parents and baby brother by a ruthless and corrupt cop Stansfield (Gary Oldman, The Fifth Element, The Dark Night) and his colleagues. Leon reluctantly takes Mathilde under his wing, and the two go on the run. But Mathilde wants revenge, and as she soon discovers, Leon can teach her how to exact it.
Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 6:00 PM
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD