Cigar Society of Chicago
presents an encore performance of

Film Noir, with Augustus Higginson

Augustus Higginson writes, "Double Indemnity. The Maltese Falcon. Sunset Boulevard. A Touch of Evil. These stylish classic Hollywood crime dramas all belong to a cinematic genre known as film noir, which saw its golden age from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Taking its cues from the hard-boiled detective writings of authors such as Ben Hecht and Raymond Chandler, its cynicism, sexual motivations, and dishonored characters are a direct reaction to the 'feel good' musicals and light comedies of the 1930s. Stylistically, film noir was heavily influenced by German Expressionist photography, with its low-key black and white visual style, strange camera angles, and smoke-filled rooms."

Gus's interest in film noir originates in his fascination with early Los Angeles and both the fictional and real life characters that created it. In his presentation, he will weave a gleaming black-and-white thread through numerous stills and clips from classics of the genre.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
5:30-7:00 pm CDT

Sign in 5:00-5:30 pm for informal cigar and cocktail chatter.
The event will be called to order at 5:30.
There will be a Q&A session following the lecture. Audience participation is invited.
The event will conclude at 7 pm.
An optional cocktail party and discussion will continue after the event.
Be sure to have your cocktails and cigars at ready hand.

Register for this event.

Augustus Higginson is a well known figure around the Cigar Society and several other City clubs.  He is a lecturer and docent at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, where he guides visitors on walking tours, and he has taught classes in the history of architecture and interior design at Robert Morris College.  He has two degrees in art history (BA '81 UC Santa Barbara, MA '85 UC Davis).  He is an accomplished painter.  Some of his own rather monumental architectural paintings grace the private dining room at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at