THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 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.
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.