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January 14, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Downtown Eugene Public Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

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Cheyney Ryan: Film Noir at the Library

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A talk for the NEA Big Read of "The Maltese Falcon."

Movies called "film noir"— such as “The Maltese Falcon,” “Double Indemnity,” “The Big Sleep,” and “Touch of Evil” -- are among the gems of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Join Cheyney Ryan for a talk exploring the relationship of noir films to other movies of the time, and their political context in the post-World War II era. He will also share some stories about the actors in these films.

Dr. Cheyney Ryan is professor emeritus at the University of Oregon, where he taught for many years. He is now senior fellow in politics and director of human rights programs at Oxford University. His father was the movie actor Robert Ryan, known for his work in film noir.

This free event is part of the NEA Big Read: a community celebration of Dashiell Hammett’s classic noir novel “The Maltese Falcon.” Events will include performances, talks, films, and more at Eugene Public Library and in the community. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, co-sponsored locally by Eugene Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation.