MJCC film festival to showcase noir

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The Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC) is ushering in October with a healthy dose of noir.

The titular Maltese Falcon is seen in this screengrab from the popular noir film. It is one of five that will be showcased by the Cultural Centre over five nights.

Five seminal noir films will be screened over five nights in the Mae Wilson Theatre: The Night of the Hunter on Oct. 1; The Maltese Falcon on Oct. 2; Laura on Oct. 3; Double Indemnity on Oct. 4; and, finally, Sunset Boulevard on Oct. 5.

"When we had our first film festival last fall … we asked people to fill out a survey as they were leaving about what future festival they'd like to see, or what actors," said Mandy Higgins, a spokesperson for the MJCC. "A lot of people said Humphrey Bogart, and that had me thinking about film noir."

The MJCC lined up one Bogart film in the Maltese Falcon, and fleshed out the list with some other films of equally high pedigree.

"The five films we have here are considered by the US National Film Registry to be classic noir films," Higgins said. "These are very well regarded films by critics."

The line-up, she said, "is a grand slam line-up of film noir."

"If you've never seen a noir film and would like to know what it is, come see any of these," said Higgins. "You'll probably be hooked."

Doors open on each of the five film nights at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, cash-only, at the doors.


Organizations: Mae Wilson Theatre, US National Film Registry

Geographic location: Sunset Boulevard

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