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Posted on: December 5, 2017

Linebaugh Library hosts an Introduction to Film Noir beginning Feb. 1

Film Noir

On the first Thursday of the month, beginning Feb. 1, Linebaugh Public Library will host “An Introduction to Film Noir,” led by Dr. Elyce Rae Helford. The series will run from February through April, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, at Linebaugh.

Each session will address a central element of this dominant American film style of the 1940s-1950s. The monthly meetings will include a brief talk followed by the screening of a classic noir film.

The following is a schedule of the proposed topics and films to be viewed:

February 1

Topic: Film Noir’s Origins

Screening: Crossfire (1947)

March 1

Topic: The Noir Look

Screening: The Big Combo (1955)

April 5

Topic: The Femme Fatale

Screening: Double Indemnity (1944)

May 3

Topic: The End of an Era

Screening: Touch of Evil (1958)

Elyce Rae Helford is a professor of English at MTSU. She teaches courses including Gender and Film, Film Noir, Survey of Popular Culture, Literature and the Holocaust, and Introduction to Women’s Studies. Her publications include three edited collections, Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek (1996), Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (2000), and The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture (2016). She is currently completing a book on gender in the films of Hollywood director George Cukor.

Participants will be eligible for door prizes provided by the Chair of English at MTSU. This event is free and open to the public.

Linebaugh Public Library is located at 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro. Smyrna Public Library is located at 400 Enon Springs Rd. West in Smyrna. Eagleville Bicentennial Public Library is located at 317 Hwy 99E in Eagleville. MGL Library is located inside Patterson Park Community Center at 521 Mercury Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Explore, Imagine, Engage through RCLS. For more information, call 615-893-4131 or visit

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