An Aftertaste of Dread: Cornell Woolrich in Fiction and Film
Keynote Lecture by James Naremore, Indiana University
This free talk is part of The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival
Into the Night: Cornell Woolrich and Film Noir
This talk explores the distinctive literary techniques and moods of Cornell Woolrich, giving emphasis to the sense of dread that pervades his fiction and can also be found in other expressions of cultural modernity. The talk will try to explain why Woolrich was so frequently adapted into film, television, and radio during what we retrospectively think of as the noir decades of the 1940s and 50s. It will also provide notes on seven films (plus one television show) that are among the best of the adaptations.
James Naremore is Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus at Indiana University and the author of the award winning More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts (rev. ed. 2008). He has taught and lectured at numerous universities in the US and abroad and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Gallery of Art, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Among his many other writings on film are The Magic World of Orson Welles (1978), Acting in the Cinema (1988), The Films of Vincente Minnelli (1993), On Kubrick (2007), and Charles Burnett: A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge (2017). His most recent publication is Film Noir: A Very Short Introduction (2019).
Tickets: $12 General Admission / $10 Seniors (65 and older) / $8 Student*
Packages: $40 for four films / $75 for all films
Advance ticket sales available online only
Day-of screening ticket sales available on-site, pending availability
*Students will have access to free rush tickets 30 minutes prior to each screening, pending availability and with a valid CUID.
About the Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival
Short story maestro, former Columbia student, muse of suspense filmmakers: Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968) lived all of these lives. The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival presents 12 adaptations of Woolrich’s fiction: from the canonized masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut to lesser known “B” films and Monogram potboilers. Many films will be screened in 35mm.
This festival is the second in a ten-year series devoted to the legacy of film noir. It was funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76), in honor of his parents.
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