'The Burglar' Screening and Book Club with the Art Alliance Writers' Workshop and Lightbox Film Center at UArts

November 14, 2019

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, 6 p.m. screening; 7:30 p.m. book discussion

Art Alliance at University of the Arts

251 S. 18th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Join the Art Alliance Writers' Workshop and Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 as we dive into noir writer David Goodis's The Burglar, a story of love, seduction and betrayal among a family of thieves.

The Film: Screening at 6 p.m.
Starring Dan Duryea as Nat Harbin, a professional thief, and Jayne Mansfield as his ward, The Burglar is the 1957 film adaption of David Goodis' Philadelphia noir. When Nat and his crew set their sights on a wealthy Philadelphia spiritualist and her prized bejeweled necklace, the robbery is the easiest part; tensions rise amongst the thieves and soon they are on the run from more than just the law. 

Directed by Paul Wendkos and with a screenplay by David Goodis himself, The Burglar bears all the hallmarks of classic noir, Philadelphia-style.

Register for the film


The Book Club: Discussion at 7:30 p.m.
Stay tuned after the film for the book club discussion of The Burglar. Presented by the Art Alliance Writers' Workshop and in honor of the Invisible City exhibition, the book club explores the best-known work of David Goodis, who was one of the most prodigious noir-writers of his time and was known for his especially dark storylines. UArts Creative Writing Faculty and Art Alliance Writers' Workshop Coordinator Steven Kleinman will lead a discussion considering this short novel, its author and the film.

Copies of a collection of Goodis' stories, including The Burglar, are available for purchase at the Art Alliance. Kindle editions of the book can also be found online for purchase.


Invisible City Programming Series

The Burglar Screening and Book Club with the Art Alliance Writers' Workshop and Lightbox Film Center at UArts

With UArts Creative Writing Faculty Steven Kleinman


Lightbox Film Center at the University of the Arts presents an unparalleled slate of repertory, nonfiction, experimental and international cinema. Beyond the traditional movie theater experience, Lightbox delivers enriching film programs with artist talks, live music and other multi-disciplinary programs year-round.


The Art Alliance Writers' Workshop is a creative alternative to the traditional MFA writing program. It is an intensive one-year certificate program taught by leading University of the Art Creative Writing faculty that is completed on a part-time basis.


Steven Kleinman is a senior lecturer in Critical Studies and Creative Writing at University of the Arts and serves as coordinator for the Art Alliance Writers' Workshop. His poems and reviews have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Oversound, American Literary Review, Tikkun and other journals. He has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences and he is a contributing editor at The American Poetry Review.