La Bête Humaine (The Human Beast)


La Bête Humaine (The Human Beast)

KinoNoir 16mm Film Series

Kinonik’s presentation of 16mm films continues with a trail-blazing precursor to the film noir genre. From Émile Zola’s classic novel, this story of murder, infidelity, seduction, and revenge centers around a group of deceitful train passengers in France. Combining poetic realism with noir motifs, it explores an early femme fatale in cinema and the tormented psyche of the railroad engineer she seduces. Followed by a post-film discussion led by our archival film nonprofit program partner, Kinonik.

About KinoNoir

The 2019 noir program is a journey into the dark side of domestic entanglements, with the noir lens focused on darkened living rooms and bedrooms. Looking beyond noir's usual suspects, the lineup includes kept men, dangerous daughters, obsessive uncles, cheating spouses, sons with mother issues, and criminally inclined clans. While the relationships vary, violence, bad ends, psychological damage, and obsessions bind the characters. Screenings will be followed by discussions of the intersection of noir sensibilities and domestic relationships. 

Presented in the original 16mm format, this is an important regional opportunity to reconnect with the unique sensory conditions of cinema presented on celluloid film. While recent digital restorations have allowed new audiences to more fully appreciate the quality of the cinematographic vision of classic directors, experiencing the magic tactility of the flicker and hum of traditional filmic media is an integral experience to their presentation. Join us in staying curious and keeping endangered media histories alive and thriving in Portland.

KinoNoir is presented on the second Monday of the month by Kinonik with support from the Maine Humanities Council.

About Kinonik

Kinonik’s mission is to promote and support the study of cinema through theatrical screenings projected from film. Kinonik screens 16mm films from the donated collection of Juris Ubans and donated academic collections; the eclectic selection offers a rich overview of film from the early days of cinema to the 60s. Join us in the shared darkness to rediscover the power of 24 fps communal cinema.

August 12, 2019
8:00 PM