Film Noir Screening: The Big Sleep

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 6:15 PM


The Big Sleep, dir. Howard Hawks, 1946
See Humphrey Bogart's portrayal of the hard-boiled detective, Philip Marlowe, in this classic of film noir. Adapted from Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel, the film was noteworthy for its labyrinthine plot structure and onscreen dynamism between real-life star couple, Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Beginning with a blackmail scenario, but traveling through all manner of shady and criminal behavior (including seven murders), the film sketches the dark world of noir as a relentlessly chaotic and morally troubled universe.

The Hard-Boiled Detective Interrogates an Ambiguous Space
UW-Milwaukee associate professor Vicki Callahan will facilitate a discussion after the film, during which she will examine the role of the hard-boiled detective in navigating, exploring, and deciphering this morally ambiguous space.

See Double Indemnity, Thursday, March 11, for part two in this series.
Being held in conjunction with the Street Seen exhibition.

Lubar Auditorium
Free with Museum admission

Vicki Callahan is Associate Professor at UW-Milwaukee and, this year, a visiting scholar at USC's Institute for Multimedia Literacy, where she is piloting a course for the Brave New Educators initiative (with Robert Greenwald's documentary film group, Brave New Films). She is the author of Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora, and the Crime Serials of Louis Feuillade and editor of the forthcoming Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History. She co-authors with Lina Srivastava, transmedia-activism.com, a resource site for using cross-media platforms to effect social change.

Being held in conjunction with the Street Seen exhibition.