Best Of: The World Of Film Noir / Colson Whitehead

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Best Of: The World Of Film Noir / Colson Whitehead

Saturday, 1 January

We talk about classic film noir — movies from the '40s and '50s with doomed characters, sexual heat and double crosses — with Eddie Muller, host of the Turner Classic Movies show Noir Alley and author of Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir.

Film critic Justin Chang reviews the new movie The Tragedy of Macbeth, starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

Also, Colson Whitehead talks about Harlem, hooligans, race and class in the '60s. His new novel, Harlem Shuffle, is about a furniture store owner who's sideline is fencing stolen goods. Whitehead won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Underground Railroad, about a 15-year-old enslaved girl who escapes a brutal Georgia plantation. The novel was adapted into a TV series for Amazon.
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