By Debbie Adlof | 10th October 2009
Seven movies in four days with some of the top names in 1940s and ’50s Hollywood highlight Peoria’s 9th Annual Film Noir Festival at downtown Peoria’s nonprofit Apollo Theater and Peoria Public Library’s Lakeview Branch October 21-24.
Femme fatale Barbara Stanwyck, tough-guy Robert Mitchum, sultry Rita Hayworth and legendary Burt Lancaster star in the movies, a popular crime genre featuring stark photography, bleak plots and an atmosphere of dread.
The four-day fest kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the library’s Lakeview location with a free screening of “Affair in Trinidad,” followed by three double features at the Apollo.
Mitchum stars in “The Big Steal” and “Night of the Hunter,” showing Thursday, Oct. 22.
Stanwyck stars in “Sorry, Wrong Number” and “Double Indemnity,” on Friday, Oct. 23.
Lancaster stars in “Kiss the Blood off My Hands” and “Criss Cross” on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Co-sponsored by the Apollo Theater and Friends of the Peoria Public Library, the double features will be introduced by author and historian Norm Kelly (Mitchum), Illinois Central College professor Craig Shurtleff (Stanwyck) and journalist and Western Illinois University professor Bill Knight (Lancaster)
Showtimes all are at 7:00 p.m., and the Apollo’s suggested donation is $5 and $4 for kids, students and seniors. For details call (309) 673-4343.
"Film noir" is French for "black or dark film" and is defined as the classic period in Hollywood from the 1940s through the 1950s when crime dramas were shot in low-key black and white.