Film noir, as its classically defined, had a circumscribed lifespan from the early postwar about-to-boom years through the late 1950s, when color films began to displace black-and-white. But the genres allure and influence will never wane, as anybody whos winced at the term neo-noir will agree. Venerable programmer Elliot Lavines latest foray into the catacombs of movie history, Not Necessarily Noir, extends a line from the official end of film noir to the end of the millennium. Every choice is inspired, from Mickey One, Arthur Penns kooky, jazzy 1965 saga of a piano player (Warren Beatty) on the run, to Jonathan Demmes largely unknown Last Embrace (1979), which puts an intelligence spook (Roy Scheider) through Hitchcockian paces. Lavine mixes in a handful of little-known oddities from the 40s and 50s, but the post-Watergate films are the series real revelation.
Aug. 20-Sept. 2, 2010