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Hello, Ricochet! I’ve been invited to lecture at Hillsdale on film noir this March as part of the upcoming program on the genre and its place in American culture, a program called CCA IV. I’ll be talking about the most beautiful noir ever made, Laura (1944). I know more than a few of you are connected in some way to Hillsdale and many more are admirers, so perhaps I will see some of you, or your children, there! Why should not there be a Ricochet Hillsdale meeting? Or Hillsdale Ricochet meeting, for that matter…
I leave you with the song, famously composed in a hurry by the man who wrote the music for the film, David Raksin, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, but later become a jazz standard. Here’s Sinatra’s recording from ’57.