Is “film noir” a genre? A style? There might not be a correct answer to this eternal question, and we want to celebrate that ambiguity. We’re thrilled to present a special series dedicated to essential American movies that explore and embrace the noir tropes in different and exciting ways, both canonical and subversive. Anti-heroes, femme fatales, fierce cynicism, cigarette smoke… From Ida Lupino’s striking renegade thriller The Hitch-Hiker
(first woman-directed noir ever!) and Bogie’s existential distress in Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece In a Lonely Place
, to Scorsese’s modern, exhilarating revisitation of urban malaise in Taxi Driver
, it doesn’t get any darker than this.