Matthew Hoffman, who programmed the LaSalle Bank Cinema from 1999 to 2003, has launched a screening and lecture series on late-40s noir at the Park Ridge Public Library. It continues this Thursday, April 9, at 7 PM with Edmund Goulding’s Nightmare Alley (1947), followed by George Cukor’s A Double Life (1947) on April 16, Robert Wise’s The Set-Up (1949) on April 23, and Robert Siodmak’s Criss Cross (1949) on May 8.
All screenings are by DVD projection, but Hoffman is an observant and devoted film fan (he took advantage of his tenure at LaSalle Bank to present an exhaustive retrospective on German expatriate William Dieterle), so the lectures should be good. The Park Ridge Library is located at 20 S. Prospect in Park Ridge; the phone is 847-825-3123. According to a press release it’s “in the heart of uptown Park Ridge, at the corner of Touhy, Northwest Highway, and Prospect, across from the Pickwick Theatre.”
In January, Hoffman launched a Facebook page to promote the series: Film Noir Style now has more than 700 members. “A couple of members who were in the Chicagoland area actually came last night, which was cool,” Hoffman wrote after last week’s screening of Otto Preminger’s Fallen Angel (1945). “It’s nice to actually meet some of these people on these social networking sites.”