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Queensland’s GOMA Reveals FILM NOIR Retrospective for 2017!

19 December 2016

Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art have unveiled a FILM NOIR retrospective for 2017, running from March 31st to May 21st, with curated programming ranging from silent era classics like 1927’s UNDERWORLD to Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 neo-noir masterpiece, DRIVE.

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).

Here’s a breakdown of the programming over the six weeks of the retrospective:

Friday March 31st 2017
MEMENTO
GONE GIRL

Saturday April 1st 2017
DOUBLE INDEMNITY

Sunday April 2nd 2017
UNDERWORLD (1927)
THE ROARING TWENTIES

Wednesday April 5th 2017
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
DOUBLE INDEMNITY

Friday April 7th 2017
STRAIGHT DOWN LOW
FRESH
TAXI DRIVER

Saturday April 8th 2017
PORT OF SHADOWS
THE MALTESE FALCON

Sunday April 9th 2017
GOLDSTONE
ANIMAL KINGDOM

Wednesday April 12th 2017
KISS ME DEADLY
THE HITCH-HIKER (1953)

Saturday April 15th 2017
IN A LONELY PLACE
THE BIG SLEEP

Sunday April 16th 2017
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Monday April 17th 2017
CHINATOWN
MEMENTO

Wednesday April 19th 2017
M – A TOWN IS LOOKING FOR A MURDERER
THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Friday April 21st 2017
LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL
NIGHTCRAWLER

Saturday April 22nd 2017
D.O.A. (1950)
KISS ME DEADLY

Sunday April 23rd 2017
DER LETZTE MANN (1924)
LE CERCLE ROUGE (THE RED CIRCLE)

Wednesday April 26th 2017
OUT OF THE PAST
LAURA

Friday April 28th 2017
FARGO
JACKIE BROWN

Saturday April 29th 2017
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE

Sunday April 30th 2017
M – A TOWN IS LOOKING FOR A MURDERER
SCARLET STREET

Wednesday May 3rd 2017
ACE IN THE HOLE
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE

Friday May 5th 2017
WINTER’S BONE
BLADE RUNNER

Saturday May 6th 2017
THE THIRD MAN
TOUCH OF EVIL

Sunday May 7th 2017
ACE IN THE HOLE
THE STRANGLE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS

Wednesday May 10th 2017
THE BIG SLEEP
IN A LONELY PLACE

Friday May 12th 2017
RESERVOIR DOGS
OLDBOY

Saturday May 13th 2017
GUN CRAZY (1950)
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

Sunday May 14th 2017
SCARLET STREET
THE BIG HEAT

Wednesday May 17th 2017
CHINATOWN
TAXI DRIVER

Friday May 19th 2017
BOUND
DRIVE

Saturday May 20th 2017
LANTANA
LAURA

Sunday May 21st 2017
OUT OF THE PAST
THE STRANGLE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS

For more details and ticket information visit the QAGOME site.