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Jessica Pickens
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Monday nights are dark at the Elkin Library.

Throughout the month of August, the Elkin Library will be showing classic film noir movies from the 1940s and 1950s on Monday evenings.

The film noir movies go along with the library’s theme of night for their summer program, said librarian Martha Smith.

“The theme of our summer program this year was night. For children it was ‘dream big,’ for teens it was ‘own the night’ and adults it was ‘between the sheets,’” Smith said. “The films go along with our adult program. We did some research and found the top rated film noir films.”

Smith picked four films directed by John Houston or Billy Wilder. The first film shown last Monday, Aug. 6, was the “Maltese Falcon” (1941) starring Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet and Mary Astor.

The movies are shown at 6:15 p.m. on Monday evenings in the library’s multipurpose room. The events are free and popcorn and lemonade are served.

Movie schedule:

-August 13: “Asphalt Jungle” (1950) stars Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Marilyn Monroe and James Whitmore and is directed by John Houston. The film follows a man, just out of prison, trying to pull off a million dollar burglary. However, his fool proof plan runs into bad luck.

-August 20: The first film to give a serious look at alcoholism, “The Lost Weekend (1945) stars Ray Milland and Jane Wyman and is directed by Billy Wilder. Milland won the Academy Award for Best Acting for his role in the film.

-August 22: An unsuccessful screenwriter, played by William Holden, finds himself in a bizarre relationship with a faded silent screen star, played by Gloria Swanson, in “Sunset Blvd” (1950). The film is directed by Billy Wilder and marked the return of Gloria Swanson’s career.

Reach Jessica Pickens at 835-1513 ext. 18 or jpickens@heartlandpublications.com

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