Time for Film Friday! Our theme this month is Alfred Hitchcock and we’re spotlighting some of the films he directed before migrating to Hollywood in 1939. The first full-length film he made was “The Pleasure Garden” in 1926. During the 1920s and 1930s, Hitchcock directed more than fifteen films in a variety of genres, and by 1938 he was considered one of the best filmmakers in England. Legacy-defining films he directed during this period (which you can check out on DVD at the Rolla Public Library) include The Lodger, Blackmail, The Lady Vanishes, and The 39 Steps.
We added several noir films to the DVD collection! These classics feature performers like Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Mitchum, and Burt Lancaster. Want to go beyond the movies?Place a curbside order for our Hammett, Chandler, or Cain hardboiled crime novels. And if you want to delve deeper into the themes or atmospheres of the genre, check out “Edward Hopper: Portraits of America” which explores a painter whose work often reflects the themes and atmospheres of Classic Noir.
Since we can’t meet in person for the Classic Movie Club, we’re launching “Film Friday” where we spotlight classic genres each week! For the month of January we are spotlighting Classic Film Noir. Watch Derek describe the basics of the genre. Check our advisory guide for Classic Noir Films that you can checkout via curbside here.