New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and Broadway star Melissa Errico join forces to curate FIAF’s new CinéSalon series Out of the Dark: The Mystery of Film Noir. Running weekly from May 4 to July 5, 2021, the series marks the first in-person events presented in Florence Gould Hall by FIAF since March 2020. Certain films will also be available to stream virtually.
Incorporating both French and American examples—and some that involve French filmmakers who immigrated to America—the series explores the many sides of the ‘noir’ vision in cinema. A special attention is paid to the Franco-American dialogue at its core. Each film will be prefaced by a video introduction by Gopnik or Errico created exclusively for FIAF. They will discuss each film’s place in the evolution of the genre, pointing out its musical and dramatic affinities with their concert Mystery on May 6.
Adam Gopnik: “First discovered as “un nouveau genre ‘policier’” by French film critics in the years just after the Second World War, when a rush of previously unseen Hollywood thrillers and melodramas suddenly hit French cinemas, the newly named American genre “film noir” fit seamlessly with contemporary French preoccupations with violence, emptiness, and the search for meaning in a dark and duplicitous world.“