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Occurs on Saturday April 29 2023

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


Kay White Hall Theater
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

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Talks on the Rock: In Defense of the Femme Fatale - Robert Horton and Elizabeth Shepherd

$20 General
$18 Member
Youth (18-) FREE (must reserve ticket)

Ever since Eve offered Adam the apple, the femme fatale has taken the Fall in a lot of art. This includes the shadowy Hollywood style we now call "film noir," where vixens such as Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity), Rita Hayworth (Gilda), and Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street) caused havoc. Let's defend these enormously entertaining noir women—they have their reasons, too—and ponder why this cynical genre is more popular than ever today.

Join renown Seattle film critic Robert Horton and Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber editor (and film enthusiast), Elizabeth Shepherd for a fun and interesting exploration of film noir. Robert will share a lecture followed by an onstage discussion with Elizabeth. 

Robert Horton has been a film critic in Seattle for many years. Robert is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the host of the radio show “The Music and the Movies, on Voice of Vashon.” He was the longtime film critic of the Seattle Weekly and the Daily Herald (Everett, Washington) and a regular contributor to Film Comment and other magazines. He has appeared on The Today Show, taught at Seattle University and at Seattle Film Institute, and for many years was a weekly guest on KUOW radio. 

Elizabeth Shepherd, who has served as arts editor, reporter, and now the editor of The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, also had a long career in the world of art-house cinema, curating youth and family programming for both Facets Multimedia, in Chicago, and Northwest Film Forum, in Seattle. 

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