The 2019 Festival of the Future City film programme includes a season of classic film noirs. We are grateful to BFI for its support.

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Most films identified – however loosely – as noir, have a modern urban setting. This is not necessarily a city – it could be a small town – but a large city offers a particularly potent combination of the alienation, paranoia, chaos, fear, corruption, greed, social division and loneliness that lie on the other side of the American dream. The image of the city in film noir is largely a negative one with a sense that any glamour, excitement or cultural sophistication on offer are for the powerful few. For the protagonist the city is an ambivalent place of menace and mental unravelling.

Read more about film noir in the Film Noir and the City blog. See below for details of the films that will be screened at Cube during this season.

(film noir illustration by Miles Tewson)
Miles Tewson Film Noir

The Naked City
Sun 20 October 2019, 15:00-17:00
Cube Cinema, Price: £6/ £5
A police procedural partly filmed on location in the city of New York, The Naked City‘s visual style was inspired by the unflinching images of city life depicted by press photographer Weegee, who was hired as a consultant on the film.

Further details and booking link

Image courtesy of Park Circus/Master Licensing

The Naked City

The Asphalt Jungle
Sun 27 October 2019, 15:00-17:00
Cube Cinema, Price: £6/ £5
Set in an unnamed mid-western city, this gritty film – nominated for the Academy Award for best director – tells the story of a meticulously-planned jewellery heist and the double-crosses, bad luck, police brutality, murder and suicide that follow.

Further details and booking link

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Warner Bros.

The Asphalt Jungle

Kiss Me Deadly
Sun 3 November 2019, 15:00-17:00
Cube Cinema, Price: £6/ £5
Adapted from a hard-boiled, pulp-fiction novel by Mickey Spillane, this explosive Los Angeles-set movie follows a ruthless private eye as he tracks down a gang dealing in stolen radioactive material. The on-street shooting captures a downtown Los Angeles that has now been lost as many of the Bunker Hill locations were demolished during redevelopment in the 1960s.

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Image courtesy of Park Circus/MGM Studios

Kiss Me Deadly

Odds Against Tomorrow
Sun 10 November 2019, 15:00-17:00
Cube Cinema, Price: £6/ £5
Often considered the last movie of the classic film noir era, this is a taut heist movie in which racism is a key theme. Partly shot on location, Philip French described the depiction of New York City as ‘morally and physically chilling’.

Further details and booking link

Image courtesy of Park Circus/MGM Studios

Odds Against Tomorrow

My Name is Julia Ross
Thu 14 November, 20:00-21:30
Cube Cinema, Price: £5/ £4
This mystery-melodrama opens in a Hollywood-version of London where Julia Ross, desperate for work, is sent by an employment agency to be the live-in personal secretary of a wealthy widow. With a 12-day shooting schedule, this was originally planned as a ‘B’ movie but proved so popular at previews it was promoted to top-of-the-bill feature. Director Joseph H Lewis would later direct the noir classics Gun Crazy and The Big Combo.

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My Name is Julia Ross

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