Jazz Scores of Film Noir

Part of the Harlem Renaissance Initiative

Date(s) & Times

March 8, 9, and 10, 2013

Friday and Saturday: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM / Sunday: 6:00 PM


$5 per film / Purchase tickets at the door


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The Studio@620 presents “Jazz Scores of Film Noir”, a festival comprised of five films which feature soundtracks by influential composers and musicians as part of the year long Harlem Renaissance Initiative. The term film noir, is French for “black film” and was first applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank in 1946. Known for a gritty edge, melodrama, and often featuring a femme fatale, the Film Noir genre always entertains. Admission $5 per film. Purchase tickets at the door.

Friday March 8

7:00 PM “Odds Against Tomorrow” (1959) Directed by  Robert Wise. With Harry Belafonte, Ed Begley, and Robert Ryan. Music by John Lewis performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet with pianistBill Evans. “Odds Against Tomorrow” transforms the suspenseful heist genre into an explosive allegory of racism in America.
9:00 PM “Experiment in Terror” (1962) Directed by Blake Edwards With Lee Remick, Glenn Ford, and Ross Martin. Music by Henry Mancini. “Experiment in Terror” is an atmospheric thriller concerning a pretty San Francisco bank teller who is coerced into embezzling money by an asthmatic psycho killer.

Saturday March 9

7:00 PM “Elevator to the Gallows” (1958) Directed by Louis Malle With Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet. Music by Miles Davis. ‘Elevator to the Gallows” has been noted as “perhaps the most perfect use of jazz improvisation in cinema history”. Filmed in Paris, the film is in French with English subtitles.
9:00 PM “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957) Directed by Alex Mackendrick With Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, and Susan Harrison. Music by Elmer Bernstein featuring Chico Hamilton and his quintet. “Sweet Smell of Success” captures the sinister seductions and neurotic impulses of New York.

Sunday March 10

6:00 PM “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959) Directed by Otto Preminger With James Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott and Ben Gazzara. Music by Duke Ellington. One of the most immensely entertaining and intelligent courtroom dramas ever made also features Ellington’s masterful score, interweaving of blues, swing, and classical influences among others.