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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 pays 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 will include 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 is guest-programmed by Ann Douglas, Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. The lineup features 11 films released between 1945 and 1957, with a majority of titles screening on 35mm film.


Screenings will be accompanied by discussions featuring film scholars Ann Douglas, Noah Isenberg, Vincent Brook, and Steven J. Ross. All talks will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

7:30 pm

Keynote lecture by Ann Douglas, Columbia University

Thursday, March 24, 2022

7:30 pm Detour

9:15 pm Ruthless

Introduced by Noah Isenberg, University of Texas at Austin

Friday, March 25, 2022

7 pm Crossfire 

8:55 pm Ace in the Hole

Saturday, March 26, 2022


1 pm: The Spiral Staircase

3:30 pm Act of Violence

Followed by a lecture by Vincent Brook, UCLA

7 pm Notorious 

9 pm The Stranger

Sunday, March 27, 2022


1 pm He Ran All the Way 

3:30 pm Lecture by Steven J. Ross

5:30 pm Scandal Sheet

8 pm Sweet Smell of Success