Bruce Noir

brucenoir_bkgnd_only250DARKNESS, FILMS AND SPRINGSTEEN

A weekend-long film and discussion event exploring the genre that influenced the music of Bruce Springsteen.

This August 23-24, The ShowRoom Cinema will host BRUCE NOIR, a film and discussion series focusing on the noir genre and its influence on Bruce Springsteen’s life and work.

“NOIR . . . A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS BEING PULLED APART.” – Bruce Springsteen, UK Telegraph, 2010

Springsteen has been quoted as saying that the film noir genre was an influence on his music, and as we all know Bruce’s music has always evoked a particular sense of place. As the movie theater in his adopted city of Asbury Park, it places us in a unique position to pay homage to this genre that had such an impact on his creative process. August 23-24 will be a very special event at The ShowRoom Cinema.

We’re pleased to have as our host the author Wallace Stroby, a renowned specialist in the noir genre.

A preliminary rundown of the films and featured events for the weekend currently scheduled include:


FRIDAY: AUGUST 23; 7:30P – 11:00P

Introduction with Wallace Stroby and Dennis Tafoya – a discussion of the noir film genre. What makes this genre so interesting to writers – and songwriters – and how it influenced Springsteen.

Screening of the movie: GUN CRAZY, with a post-film discussion of its importance on Springsteen influence.

A SKYPE INTERVIEW with PETER AMES CARLIN, author of BRUCE. An in-depth discussion of the economic/social/class themes in Bruce’s most noir-like songs. And some background of how the Springsteen family history/Bruce’s childhood played out like a noir movie.



1:00P Screening of the movie: BADLANDS, with post-film discussion.

4:00P Screening of the movie: OUT OF THE PAST

Post-film discussion and demonstration entitled THE PRICE YOU PAY: an examination of how the intersection of classic film noir and the lyrics of Bruce Springteen have influenced the ongoing series of photographs entitled “Jersey Noir” with photographer MARK KRAJNAK.

The Price You Pay examines how the intersection of classic film noir and the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen have shaped and influenced my ongoing series of photographs called Jersey Noir.  Incorporating film noir themes and lighting techniques and also key Springsteen lyrics, these images illustrate a man living on the outside, looking for salvation, redemption, personal transformation, but always just trying to hang on to the end of his rope… while lighting another Lucky Strike.


7:30P Screening of the movie: ATLANTIC CITY, with post-film discussion.

9:30P Screening of the movie: THUNDER ROAD


Bookmark this page or email us for news and updates as the weekend agenda continues to develop. Tickets on sale now.


films and schedule subject to change



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