Back in Black: Clute and Edwards Collaborate on New Noir Initiative (June-July 2015)

Clute and Edwards are proud to announce Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir, a free multimedia online course open to learners worldwide and sure to satisfy fans of the podcasts. Enrollment is open until July 19, 2015. Join now at the link above. While it has been three years since the last episode of Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir

The Maltese Touch of Evil Video Essay

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While many scholars have focused on noir as a dark visual style, or a worldview marked by the anxieties and stark realities of modernity, few have addressed noir's high degree of self-consciousness or its profoundly quirky humor. In their new book, The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism, Clute and Edwards focus on these underappreciated characteristics of noir to demonstrate how films noir frame their "intertextual" borrowings from on another and create visual puns, and how these gestures function to generate both compelling narratives and critical reflections upon those narratives.

Clute and Edwards Publish New Noir Book

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Dartmouth College Press (University Press of New England) has released Clute and Edwards' new study of film noir, The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism. …

Out of the Past's Top Ten Podcasts on Australian National Radio

Australian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast 10 episodes of Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir on its weekly series entitled Top of the Pods., advertised by ABC as: "some of the best audio to be found in the podcast universe...On Top of the Pods you can try everything and there will always be something to grab you by the ears and engage your cerebellum. …

Clute and Edwards Q&A and Book Signing at the Decatur Book Festival

Clute and Edwards have been invited to the Decatur Book Festival to discuss their book, The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism. The Decatur Book Festival is one of the largest book fests in the country. Clute and Edwards will be in a Q&A style interview with moderator Curt Holman. After the panel, they will be signing copies of their book. …

Clute Contributes to Mulholland Books Blog


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Clute was invited by Mullholland Books, the suspense and crime imprint of Little, Brown and Company, to contribute a short article on hard-boiled writer extraordinaire Jim Thompson—in honor of Mulholland's new ebook releases of Thompson's novels. For Clute's thoughts on THE GRIFTERS, and the power of Thompson's prose, click the above link.

OTTO and Annotating Films Noir

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In a MediaCommons Post, we briefly trace the evolution and application of a powerful new video annotation platform that enables collaborative viewing and encourages cooperative, crowd-sourced criticism. This new tool, called OTTO (Open Text Tool for Online video), was first used in conjunction with a video annotation assignment in a Film Noir MOOC (taught by Richard Edwards) that generated close readings of key moments in film noir, but its potential uses extend much further: the tool could change how films and videos are taught with its capacity to simply and powerfully join critical analyses to film moments, and relate discreet analyses by source and by runtime across films that share stylistic or generic traits. …

Clute and Edwards on Jules Dassin's Rififi: The Top of the Pods Broadcast

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Join Out of the Past team Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards as they review Rififi, directed by Jules Dassin in France, where he'd fled after being blacklisted by Hollywood in 1949. Dassin cobbled together a small budget and a motley crew of B stars to create a heist masterpiece: the tale of a ragtag internat

Clute and Edwards on 1948's He Walked by Night: The Top of the Pods Broadcast

Clute and Edwards are pleased to announce that the Out of the Past podcasts are being broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Radio National, as part of their new "Top of the Pods" programming —their selection of the world's best podcasts.

It is truly an honor to be included in this program, and a pleasure to hear the podcasts introduced by ABC host Robbie Buck. …

Clute and Edwards Present at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood


One of the programming themes at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival is "Noir Style," and two official Club TCM presentations will be dedicated to the topic: On Thursday, April 12, Clute and Edwards will discuss the hard-boiled literary roots and self-conscious visual style of noir with TCM senior writer/producer Scott McGee (a former guest on Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir) and sign copies of their new book, The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism (

Clute and Edwards, 2005-2012