TCM's NOIR ALLEY - Sundays at 10am ET
A silhouetted figure in the shadows. A cloud of cigarette smoke. A face defined by the stripes of Venetian blinds. And, of course, that pervasive atmosphere of tension and dread. These are among the elements that lead us down the dark streets of film noir, an iconic and distinctly American film genre, which we will celebrate Sunday mornings at 10AM (ET).
This new franchise is hosted by San Francisco-based writer and president of the Film Noir Foundation, Eddie Muller--the "Czar of Noir." This month's noir choices, all heavy-hitters in their field, include: The Maltese Falcon (1941), directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor; Detour (1945), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage; Act of Violence (1948), directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Van Heflin and Robert Ryan; and Tension (1949), directed by John Berry and starring Richard Basehart and Audrey Totter.