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Our Film Noir Festival is back for another year this March. Steve Tartar hosts a movie and discussion each Saturday in March at 2:00pm at the Main branch in the auditorium. Each showing is free and open to the public.
This year the festival has picked movies that focus on bookstores with each movie having a bookstore scene in the storyline. Come early and browse our Friendly Finds Used Bookstore, run by our Friends of Peoria Public Library, and find some hidden treasure and get inspired by our bookstore. Then settle in to watch a classic noir film in digital projection and sound.
Here’s a short synopsis of each film being shown during the festival:
March 3: The Big Sleep (1946) starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall-
“Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.”
March 10: Ministry of Fear (1944) starting Ray Milland- “Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.”
March 17: Vertigo (1958) starring Jimmy Stewart
“A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.”
March 24: Man Bait (1952) starring George Brent
“The married owner of a bookstore is attracted to his sexy blonde clerk. He finally gives in to temptation and makes a pass at her, but that only results in him getting enmeshed in blackmail and murder.”
March 31: The Big Steal (1948) starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer
“An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancée.”
Please see our website for more information, www.peoriapubliclibrary.org, or call 309-497-2000.
*All synopsis were found on www.IMdB.com
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