Create Your Own Film Noir Festival


Dear School of the Arts Community,

This year’s Kit Noir Film Festival, which was set to begin tonight, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. We’re writing with some links to help you get your noir fix in the meantime at home. Nearly all of the films we screened at our 2018 and 2019 festivals are available to stream or rent online. You’ll find links to view the films below.

We will be in touch once we have the rescheduled dates for the third annual festival: “Film Noir & the Jewish Experience: From WWII to the Blacklist.” For now: cozy up with your favorite snack, grab the remote, and press play!

Stay safe and well,
Columbia University School of the Arts


2019 Kit Noir Film Festival

Into the Night: Cornell Woolrich and Film Noir

The 2019 Kit Noir Festival showcased the stories of Cornell Woolrich: prolific fiction writer and former Columbia student. The festival included 12 adaptations of his writing from directors like Alfred Hitchcock, François Truffaut, Jacques Tourneur, and others. Eleven of those adaptations are available to stream online.

Deadline at Dawn (DailyMotion, free)
Nightmare (Amazon $5.99)
Black Angel (Amazon $3.99)
The Guilty (, free)
Fall Guy (Amazon $3.99)
Leopard Man (Amazon $2.99)
The Return of the Whistler (YouTube, free)
The Chase (YouTube, free)
The Window (, free)
Four O’Clock (, free)
Rear Window (Hulu with Starz add-on, Amazon $3.99)

2018 Kit Noir Film Festival

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir

The inaugural Kit Noir Festival highlighted the American films that inspired French film critics to coin the phrase “film noir” in the 1940s. The festival included eight features, all of which you can stream online. It also included a lecture by the late Thomas Elsaesser and a conversation with filmmaker Paul Schrader.

Double Indemnity (Hulu, with Starz add-on, Amazon $3.99)
Maltese Falcon (Amazon $2.99)
The Lodger (YouTube, free)
Laura (Amazon $3.99)
Murder, My Sweet (Amazon $2.99)
The Suspect (YouTube, free)
Phantom Lady (Amazon $3.99)
Scarlet Street (Criterion Channel, free on Tubi)

The Kit Noir Film Festival is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit CC ’76, in honor of his parents.

All Spring 2020 School of the Arts events have been postponed or cancelled until further notice. Please see our Cancelled Events page for a list of all events and updates.

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