Kit Noir Film Festival

Still from Double Indemnity featured at The Inaugural Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival

Thank you to everyone who attended The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival! Check this space for updates on Kit Noir 2020!



The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival

Into the Night: Cornell Woolrich and Film Noir


Programmed by Rob King, Film and Media Studies

Managed by Soheil Rezayazdi, Columbia University


“As a master of dread, he has conceivably no pulp equal.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum


Short story maestro, former Columbia student, muse of suspense filmmakers: Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968) lived all of these lives. A prolific man of letters, Woolrich has had his novels and stories adapted into nearly 40 films and dozens of episodes of radio and television. Yet despite his strong influence on the postwar crime film, Woolrich has remained overshadowed by his hard-boiled contemporaries: Chandler, Hammett, and Cain.


The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival seeks to correct this oversight. The festival will present 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.


Screenings will be accompanied by discussions featuring film scholars Ann Douglas, Frank Krutnik, James Naremore, Francis M. Nevins, and Pamela Wojcik. All talks will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library will also host an accompanying exhibit of items from the Cornell Woolrich Papers, which reside at Columbia University.



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.

Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 pm

Keynote address by James Naremore, Indiana University

Thursday, March 28

7:30 pm: Deadline at Dawn

9:20 pm: Nightmare

Friday, March 29, 7:30 pm

Black Angel, followed by a conversation between Ann Douglas, English and Comparative Literature, and Francis M. Nevins, Saint Louis University

Saturday, March 30: “B Movie” Woolrich

1 pm: The Guilty

2:25 pm: Fall Guy

4:15 pm: "Woolrich Noir" and the B Film, Lecture by Frank Krutnik, University of Sussex 

6 pm: The Leopard Man

7:25 pm: Return of the Whistler

9:15 pm: The Chase

Sunday, March 31: Woolrich/Hitchcock/Truffaut

1 pm: The Window

2:30 pm: “Four O’Clock”

4:15 pm: Lecture by Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame

6 pm: The Bride Wore Black

8:45 pm: Rear Window

This festival is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76), in honor of his parents.


Trailer by Columbia College student Sam Fentress CC '19 and Columbia College alumnus Matthew Rivera CC '18.


For more information, contact [email protected]


About Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit


Born and raised in the early 1920's in the New York Metropolitan area, Dr. Saul Kit (Passaic, NJ) and Dorothy Anken Kit (Jackson Heights, Queens) were lovers of literature, theater and film. Dorothy, an interior decorator, wrote poetry and plays in her leisure time, and had a strong artistic bent, which included creating needlepoint designs based on famous works of art, as well as based on her own original designs, many of which were commissioned by her friends. A GI bill undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, Saul went on to receive his PhD in Biochemistry from Berkeley, the location of the birth of their oldest child Sally (Syracuse, Class of 1971). Saul carried out his post-doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, where his first son, Malon (Columbia School of Engineering, Class of 1973), was born. Suffering from the bitter cold winters of Chicago, Saul subsequently moved the family to the warmest place he could find a job, Houston, Texas, where his second son, Gordon (Columbia College, Class of 1976) was born. Saul’s extraordinary 35-year scientific career included important discoveries in cancer, virology, and vaccine research. He was Chief of the section of Nucleoprotein Metabolism in the Department of Biochemistry at M.D. Anderson Hospital, and later Professor and Head of the Division of Biochemical Virology at Baylor College of Medicine, both in Houston. Saul was a recipient of numerous research grants from various government and private organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and The American Cancer Society. For over 25 years he received a Research Career Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1987, Saul, along with his son Malon, were honored with the Distinguished Inventor of the Year Award for developing the world's first genetically engineered vaccine to be licensed by the US government. Saul and Malon were granted numerous United States and International patents for their pioneering vaccine inventions, aided by their patent attorney son/brother, Gordon. Gordon’s generous gift to Columbia funds the film noir festival in honor of his parents.

Impact Stories

Film Noir Festival to Premiere at Columbia Following Generous Donation

Film Noir Festival to Premiere at Columbia Following Generous Donation

January 16, 2018

The inaugural Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival, named after Kit’s parents (pictured below), has been established thanks to a $500,000 donation to the School of the Arts’ Film program.

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