The Cinematheque’s annual Film Noir summer season celebrates one of the American cinema’s richest and most creative periods in all its stylish, seductive, and cynical glories. During the month of August, a dozen dark, delirious gems from noir’s hard-boiled heyday (the early 1940s to the late 1950s) will raise Cain (James M. Cain, that is, represented by a trio of classic films), take rare noir forays in lurid colour (Niagara, House of Bamboo, and Leave Her to Heaven), and otherwise shock, awe, and entertain with the crime, corruption, cruelty, and chaos of the pitiless noir universe. Included are new restorations of three essential, definitive noirs: Double Indemnity, The Lady from Shanghai, and Gun Crazy. And, on the evening of Sunday, August 3, enjoy a special B.C. Day long-weekend noir triple bill of The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce!