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Crime Scene: Europe

Friday, Nov 18 — Sunday, Nov 20, 2011

A program of the New Literature from Europe Festival in New York.

The term film noir was coined by European critics in the 1940s to describe a group of American crime movies; these critics found depth and resonance in movies that were not yet taken seriously in their home country. In the series Crime Scene: Europe, directors from across the Continent create their own shades of noir, with innovative approaches to the hard-boiled genre. The series ranges from Czech and Austrian films of the 1940s and early 1950s rarely seen in the U.S. to contemporary productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Romania.

Crime Scene: Europe is part of the eighth annual New Literature from Europe Festival; this year’s edition is devoted to the crime novel and thriller. The festival starts with three days of readings and discussions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, from November 15–17, followed by film screenings at the Museum. For more details, visit newlitfromeurope.org. Among the writers featured in the literary part of the festival is the Polish novelist Zygmunt Miloszewski, who will introduce the screening of Entanglement, which is based on his book.

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