American Cinema: Film Noir (1995)
Originally produced for PBS, the American Cinema series examines what is probably the leading American art form: film. Chock-full of clips from important films, and interviews with the men and women who made them, each episode is an in-depth look at an important facet of the history of American film. This particular episode examines film noir. From the lighting techniques to the actors who uttered so many famous gruff one-liners, the program offers a survey of this important genre. Also discussed are the genre's roots in German Expressionism.