Film Noir & Crime Novel Lecture Plus Screening of The Postman Always Rings Twice
Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
As part of the 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir, noir novelist Denise Hamilton presents the lecture Double Helix: The Rise of Film Noir and the L.A. Crime Novelists Who Created the Genre. Hamilton will discuss the inspiration Hollywood derived from its noir bards, reaching all the way back to the 1920s to such crime writers as Paul Cain, Raymond Chandler, Horace McCoy, Dorothy B. Hughes, Leigh Brackett and James M. Cain. This fascinating one-hour discussion will be followed by a screening of noir classic The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring Lana Turner and John Garfield as a pair of murderous lovers in director Tay Garnett’s much-imitated but never-equaled dark romance. Based on the novel by the great James M. Cain, the title famously refers to Cain’s own postman, who would ring twice when delivering rejection notices from publishers. Audience members will see this Hollywood classic at the same theater at which it first premiered in 1946.