Through a Lens Darkly

Shelly Isaacs
Movies / Arts & Letters

Course Description

The "noir" world is a domain simmering with suspense, where betrayal, revenge and passion reveal hearts of darkness and good and evil are not always what they seem. This session's four films take us on an exploration into the place where darker impulses reign.


  1. The Third Murder - Japan: A criminal with a record of previous crimes, becomes a suspect in a murder case. Although he pleads guilty, a prominent lawyer harbors other ideas, which could mean the difference between life and death.
  2. Moka - France: A grieving woman pursues the people who she believes are responsible for killing her son in a hit-and-run. However, she finds that the path towards justice can be treacherous and serpentine.
  3. The Shepherd - Spain: A man who lives alone and tends his sheep on a plot of land that is the target of a land-grabbing construction company refuses to sell and becomes the target of his neighbors.
  4. The Big Picture - France: After a successful young lawyer discovers his wife in an affair, he accidentally murders her lover, assumes the dead man's identity, and journeys into the world to discover who he really is.

About the Instructor

  • Shelly Isaacs is the founder and host for Cafe Cinematheque, where he shares his passion for film in venues throughout South Florida. Isaacs was a creative director/writer/producer and director in advertising, specializing in film, TV and radio promotion. He holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he also taught graduate level courses in cultural studies. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, making his program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.