Forum fest going dark

Pix reflect noir sensibilities

Film Forum will get all dark and stormy as it unspools the first-ever “Neo-Noir Festival” Feb. 18-April 6.

Festival’s 61 films were selected as repping noir sensibilities in post-1940s cinema, according to director of repertory programming Bruce Goldstein, who derived the concept from Foster Hirsch’s recent tome “Lost Highways.”

“Although people aren’t smoking as much and the men don’t wear hats,” Goldstein said, fest’s neo-noir selections (which stretch in time from Jean-Luc Goddard’s 1959 debut “Breathless” to Sam Raimi’s 1998 thriller “A Simple Plan”) display the basic noir elements of alienation, cynicism, disillusionment, seduction, crime and coolly performed violence.

“A lot of them are cult movies with relatively low budgets,” Goldstein told Daily Variety. “Noir has been a great classic genre for independent filmmakers to approach, especially in the ’90s. I guess (the style) manages to capture the cynicism of the era, and the greed.”

Among other scheduled pics are “Fargo”; “Pulp Fiction”; “Blue Velvet”; “Stormy Monday”; “Taxi Driver”; “Chinatown”; “Superfly”; “The Long Goodbye”; “Klute”; “Blowout”; and foreign films including Truffaut’s “Shoot the Piano Player,” John Woo’s “The Killer” and Danny Boyle’s “Shallow Grave.”

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