Q Night at the Movies presents another night of crime, this week in the style of film noir and neo-noir. The evening begins with an exploration of the masked men of lucha libre in an episode of Voces focused on the Latino wrestling sport. Then the night explores noir in earnest, starting with On Story’s conversation with L.A. Confidential creative Brian Helgeland. Mob movie “Bullitt” follows, and the night concludes with a discussion about crime dramas in Pioneers of Television.
Voces on PBS Tales of Masked Men at 6:30 p.m.
Explore “lucha libre” and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico. Part circus and part athletic contest, the sport, famous for its masked wrestlers, provides a sense of “home” for new immigrants in the United States. It also continues to expand and build on its unique cultural tradition in countries where it enjoys enduring popularity.
On Story A Conversation with Brian Helgeland at 7:30 p.m.
Brian Helgeland, the creative force behind “42,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Mystic River,” and “A Knight’s Tale,” shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry. Accompanied by the short film “Hector Is Gonna Kill Nate,” from Ari Issler about a basketball student that rolls into his High School gym looking for revenge.
All-Star Film Collection Bullitt at 8 p.m.
A San Francisco police detective (Steve McQueen) gets hold of a mob-witness/corruption case and won’t let go.
Pioneers of Television Crime Dramas at 9:55 p.m.
As viewers reveled in being transported to shadowy underworlds, creative geniuses emerged in the forms of Jack Webb (“Dragnet”), Desi Arnaz (“The Untouchables”) and Bruce Geller (“Mannix” and “Mission: Impossible”). Groundbreaking actors Bill Cosby (“I Spy”) and Angie Dickinson (“Police Woman”) reveal the methods behind their successes as the first African-American and breakthrough female lead characters in a television series. Barbara Bain and Martin Landau share the secrets behind the success of the innovative hit “Mission: Impossible, ” while the evolution of Peter Falk’s amazing characterization in his role as “Columbo” is recalled. And James Garner, in his only recent interview, along with series creator Stephen J. Cannell, recounts the success of the “The Rockford Files'” reluctant crime solver.
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