Crime Noir Film Series at Carolina Theatre
by Zack Smith
You can’t quibble with the Carolina Theatre’s choices for a mini-fest of crime films. The four titles that will screen in repertory are all fine in their own right, but it’s a bit misleading for them to be grouped together in a Crime Noir Film Series. What we call film noir has its roots in two related film aesthetics from the 1930s: German Expressionism—particularly films by Fritz Lang—and the hard-boiled crime potboilers that Hollywood studios, especially Warner Bros., churned out beginning in the same decade.