Beginning March 3, Real Art Ways in Hartford will begin another one of its “Film 101 series” of themed movies followed by discussions. The theme is “Shadows & Gunpowder, a study of Film Noir.”
The four screenings will be at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Ian Ally-Seals is the host and will teach the post-film sessions.
“Murder My Sweet” kicks off the series. Dick Powell and Claire Trevor star in Edward Dmytryk’s 1944 mystery, adapted from a novel by Raymond Chandler, about detective Philip Marlowe looking for an ex-con’s ex-girlfriend.
On March 17, the titles is “The Killing.” Stanley Kubrick directed this 1956 thriller about a race-track robbery, which stars Sterling Hayden.
On March 31, the series continues with “Bob Le Flambeur.” Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1956 French-language crime story is about a casino robbery.
The series ends on April 28 with “Blood Simple.” The Coen Brothers’ 1984 feature-directing debut stars Frances McDormand as a woman whose husband hires a private detective to follow her. It is rated R. Admission to each film is $11, $8 students and seniors, $6 members, $5.50 student and senior members. Real Art Ways is at 56 Arbor St. realartways.org.