First up is 1941's The Maltese Falcon, which "influenced film noir and the detective film in general," Delapa notes. Then, on April 11, series-goers will get a chance to eyeball 1974's Chinatown, a noir homage with a twist. In Delapa's view, "Chinatown's story presents stark, ironic contrasts to Falcon and other films like it." The same can be said of future juxtapositions: 1956's The Searchers and 1976's Taxi Driver; 1945's Detour and 1984's Blood Simple; and 1953's Tokyo Story and 1985's Stranger Than Paradise. Delapa hopes the effect will be inspiring in every sense of the word.
The Maltese Falcon screens at 7 p.m. at the museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Admission is $8, $7 for museum members, and series passes are available. Get the details at 720-913-0105 or www.denverartmuseum.org.
Fri., April 4, 2008