Los Angeles Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan and Vincent Brook, a film scholar and author of “Driven to Darkness: Jewish Émigré Directors and the Rise of Film Noir," will examine contributions of Jewish directors from Billy Wilder to the
Their conversation will be bookended by two movies directed by Jewish filmmakers.
The event is presented in association with the Autry exhibit, "Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic."
Screening at 11:30 a.m. is Jewish emigre director Fred Zinnnemann's underrated 1948 thriller "Act of Violence," which Brook describes as "a compendium of noir elements." Robert Ryan stars as a vengeful World War II vet who stalks his former commanding officer (Van Heflin) for betraying his men's plan to escape from a Nazi POW camp.
Turan and Brook's conversation commences at 2 p.m., followed by Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 dark comedy