“Klute” (1971) concludes the latest smARTfilm series at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 6. (Image courtesy of Warner Brothers)
                                Image courtesy of Warner Brothers | “Klute” (1971) concludes the latest smARTfilm series at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 6.

“Klute” (1971) concludes the latest smARTfilm series at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 6. (Image courtesy of Warner Brothers) Image courtesy of Warner Brothers | “Klute” (1971) concludes the latest smARTfilm series at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Film noir returns in latest BIMA smARTFilm series

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will continue the latest smARTfilm series with four film noir screenings in the museum auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and optional dinner seating in the Bistro begins at 5:30. Reservations are recommended, call 206-451-4011 to secure a table.

For ticket availability and prices, visit www.brownpapertickets.com (producer #218169).

The “film noir” genre is a uniquely American phenomenon term used to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those films that emphasize cynical attitudes. Each of these films represent a style of cinematic graphic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism and menace.

The series schedule includes:

Jan. 16: “Naked City” (1948)

New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder.

Jan. 23: “Ace in the Hole” (1951)

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. Directed by Billy Wilder and stars Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling and Robert Arthur.

Jan. 30: “Elevator to the Gallows” (1958)

In French, with subtitles. A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. Directed by Louis Malle and stars Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny and Jean-Marc Bory. Its score, composed by Miles Davis and performed (in Paris) by Davis and his local pickup quintet, is worth hearing entirely on its own.

Feb. 6: “Klute” (1971)

A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and stars Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi and Roy Scheider.

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