Film Noir, which emerged as a cinematic style in the 1940s, first came to life on the pages of the “hardboiled” writers of the previous decade. One of them was James M. Cain. Two of his novels, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, were adapted for the screen in the mid-1940s and provide textbook examples of the genre. But what is Film Noir? We will see some fascinating film clips from experts, but we will come to our own conclusions after we read and discuss each literary work, followed by a screening and discussion of the film adaptations.
Read: The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, James M. Cain