Kit Film Noir Festival

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

WEDNESDAY–SUNDAY, MARCH 21–25, 2018

 

The Inaugural Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir

Programmed by Rob King, Film and Media Studies

 

Paris 1946. The war is over and American films are once again in Parisian theaters. The French immediately notice a shift in the sensibility of Hollywood’s crime films. They call it noir.

 

This festival—the first in a ten-year series exclusively devoted to the legacy of film noir—returns us to that pivotal moment in film history some seven decades ago. For its inaugural year, the Kit Film Noir Festival will present eight of the films that screened in France that season and inspired the label film noir. Most films will be shown in 35mm.

 

Screenings will be accompanied by talks featuring film scholars James Naremore, Indiana University, and Thomas Elsaesser and Annette Insdorf, Film and Media Studies, and Paul Schrader. All talks will be streamed live here.

Kit Film Noir Festival 2018 [TRAILER]

Complete Festival Schedule

Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 pm

Keynote address by James Naremore, Indiana University

The Lantern, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm

The Maltese Falcon

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Friday, March 23, 7:30 pm

Double Indemnity

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Saturday, March 24

12 pm: The Lodger

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

3 pm: Laura

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

5 pm: Paul Schrader in Conversation with Annette Insdorf, Film and Media Studies

The Lantern, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Tune in to watch live!

7 pm: Murder, My Sweet

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Sunday, March 25

1 pm: The Suspect

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

3:30 pm: Phantom Lady, followed by a lecture by Thomas Elsaesser, Film and Media Studies

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Tune in to watch Thomas Elsaesser's lecture live!

7 pm: Scarlet Street

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Tickets: $12 General Admission / $10 Senior Citizen (65 and older) / $8 Student

Packages: $40 for four films / $75 for all eight films

Advance ticket sales online; online and on-site sales on the day of screenings.

 

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

 

For more information, contact filmnoir@columbia.edu

 

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 $500,000 Donation

Film Noir Festival to Premiere at Columbia Following $500,000 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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