Film Noir & The Blacklist: Fear and Loathing in Hollywood @ Cinema 21, Portland [from 14 April to 19 May]

Film Noir & The Blacklist: Fear and Loathing in Hollywood

- 19
11:00 - 13:30

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Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
This intensive six-week course will focus on one of Hollywood's most infamously notorious chapters: the Blacklist, a government-mandated witch-hunt that decimated much of the film community in the late 1940s and early 50s. Writers, directors and actors alike were all subjected to the dogged scrutiny of the House Un-American Activities Committee in a feverish attempt to rid Hollywood of any and all Communist infiltration after World War II. The overall impact of the Blacklist would eventually lead to the dissolution of many great careers. The work of these radical artists will be on full display during this thrilling evocation of Hollywood's most dangerous period.

Crime films, now more commonly referred to as film noir, became the most fertile soil for writers, producers and directors searching for a platform for their personal and often socially subversive ideologies. Many of these scabrous low-budget films, often dealing overtly with serious social problems (prison brutality, anti-Semitism, political corruption, mob violence, etc), went largely unnoticed by censors and government watchdogs, enabling a steady stream of highly charged, meaningful films to invade the public consciousness. Ultimately these artists would pay a severe price for the right to freely express their ideas and concerns, leaving behind a battle-scarred Hollywood landscape that would take decades to heal.


Body and Soul (1947)
Crossfire (1947)
Brute Force (1947)
Force of Evil (1948)
Try and Get Me (1950)
The Prowler (1951)

COST: $79.99

Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.
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