Program Details

A Summer of Cinematic Matinees, Part III: Film Noir in the Light of Day

Shelly Isaacs
Video Catch-up

Course Description

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


  1. "The Secret in Their Eyes" -Argentina, 2009: In this Academy Award Winning Film, a retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
  2. "Le Samourai: - France, 1967: A masterwork of modern noir, and a film that would influence Hollywood films to come, is the story of Jef Costello, a hit man, his rituals, and his love who goes from being the hunter to the hunted.
  3. "Man on the Train" - France, 2003: Milan is a beleaguered old thief who rolls into a small French town with the aim of robbing its bank and retiring in peace. However, a chance meeting with a local professor who has always dreamed of adventure delays his scheme and leads to an unexpected relationship. 
  4. "Decision to Leave" - South Korea, 2022: In this modern take influenced by the Master, Alfred Hitchcock, a man plummets to his death from a mountain peak in South Korea. Did he jump, or was he pushed? When detective Hae-joon arrives on the scene, and digs deeper into the investigation, he finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire.

About the Instructor

  • Shelly Isaacs, M.A. is founder and host for Café Cinematheque International, a foreign language film program presented in venues throughout South Florida. As a creative director/writer/producer and director in advertising, Isaacs specialized in promoting movies & entertainment. He earned a master's degree in media ecology studies from New York University, and taught graduate-level courses in cultural studies. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, a film program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.