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MARCH 23–27, 2022


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

Film Noir & the Jewish Experience:
From WWII to the Blacklist

Programmed by Ann Douglas, Department of English and Comparative Literature
Managed by Rob King, Film & Media Studies and Soheil Rezayazdi, Columbia Film


The 2022 edition of the Kit Noir Festival paid homage to the role Jewish filmmakers played in the creation of film noir, and will showcase films that speak to the Jewish experience during a time of extreme political turmoil.


The festival included films by émigré directors (Edgar G. Ulmer, Billy Wilder), films that address anti-Semitism (Crossfire) and World War II (Act of Violence, The Stranger), and films on the blacklist and the media (Scandal Sheet, Sweet Smell of Success). This year’s festival was guest-programmed by Ann Douglas, Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. The lineup featured 11 films released between 1945 and 1957, with a majority of titles screening on 35mm film.


Screenings were accompanied by discussions featuring film scholars Ann Douglas, Noah Isenberg, Vincent Brook, and Steven J. Ross. Proof of vaccination and indoor masking was required for all in-person screenings and lectures.


The series included a free pre-festival virtual screening on March 19–20 of Odds Against Tomorrow. See the festival schedule for full details on films and showtimes.


Click here to view the printed festival program.

Festival Films

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959, Robert Wise, Virtual Screening)
Ace in the Hole (1951, Billy Wilder, DCP)
Act of Violence (1949, Fred Zinnemann, DCP)
Crossfire (1947, Edward Dmytryk, 35mm)
Detour (1945, Edgar G. Ulmer, DCP)
He Ran All the Way (1951, John Berry, 35mm)
Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock, 35mm)
Ruthless (1948, Edgar G. Ulmer, 35mm)
Scandal Sheet (1952, Phil Karlson, 35mm)
The Spiral Staircase (1946, Robert Siodmak, 35mm)
The Stranger (1946, Orson Welles, 35mm)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957, Alexander Mackendrick, 35mm)