NOIR CITY Chicago will return to its home at the Music Box Theatre for the eleventh time September 6-12. This year's NOIR CITY will take audiences on a trip back in time, through the ever-changing 1950s. This year's slate of films track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation. Also included in this year's program is the FNF's latest 35mm restoration–1949's Trapped from Eagle-Lion Films, starring Lloyd Bridges and infamous bad girl Barbara Payton. FNF president Eddie Muller will host the opening weekend, September 6-8 and FNF board member Alan K. Rode will take the reigns for the remainder of the festival, September 9-12. We'll let you know when the schedule and tickets are available on the theater's website
NOIR CITY returns for a fourth year to Detroit, September 20 – 22. This year's opening night will be held at a new venue, the Detroit Institute of Arts. The festival returns to its usual venue, the historic Redford Theatre, for weekend screenings, September 21 - 22. FNF prez Eddie Muller will host all eight screenings as well as an Opening Night Cocktail reception at the museum's Crystal Gallery Café held prior to the festival's first double bill: Sam Fuller's cynical Cold War thriller Pickup on South Street (1953) and William Dieterle's rarely screened The Turning Point (1952). We'll let you know when tickets are available on the DIA's website.
The latest FNF restoration, Richard Fleischer's Trapped (1949), is paired with Henry Hathaway's technicolor noir Niagara (1953) to kick off the Redford Theatre screenings on Saturday afternoon. Richard Quine's steamy tale of lust and avarice, Pushover (1954) and Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly (1955), based on the notorious Mickey Spillane novel, screen that evening. A Sunday matinée double feature finishes off the festivities: Orson Welles' masterpiece Touch of Evil (1958) and Sam Fuller's groundbreaking The Crimson Kimono (1960).
The NOIR CITY: Detroit All-Access Pass ($35) will get you entry to all eight films, a commemorative poster, PLUS a private reception and onstage Q&A with Eddie Muller on Saturday night, September 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Redford Theatre. The All-Access Pass will only be available at RedfordTheatre.com We'll let you know when the passes and individual tickets are available on the theater's website.
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Trapped, a 1949 film noir produced by short-lived Eagle-Lion Pictures, is the latest restoration project of the Film Noir Foundation. The restored film had its world premiere in San Francisco on Friday, January 25, kicking off the 17th annual NOIR CITY festival, at the Castro Theatre. The preservation has been accomplished through the long-standing partnership of the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive. Additional funding assistance for Trapped was provided through a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust.
One of the first and best B-features by future Hollywood A-list director Richard Fleischer, Trapped is one of the few Fleischer films yet to be resurrected from this fertile yet neglected period of the director's career. Eagle-Lion films did not have the archival protection of a major studio and many of its original 35mm features have been dispersed to parts unknown. After a long and nearly fruitless search for restoration elements, UCLA motion picture archivist and FNF advisory council member Todd Wiener discovered that a private collector in New York had deposited a 35mm print of Trapped at the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The FNF paid a nominal fee to arrange loan of the print to UCLA Film & Television Archive for the restoration.
The 35mm restoration of Trapped will be screened nationally as part of the FNF's NOIR CITY film festival programs in 2019, as well as being eventually released on Blu-ray and DVD through the FNF's partnership with Flicker Alley, which to date has distributed its restored versions of Woman on the Run (1950), Too Late for Tears (1949), and The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950). Other titles in the Blu-ray pipeline include restorations of Repeat Performance (1947) and the Argentine noir Los tallos amargos / The Bitter Stems (1956).
You can read the full story of the film's restoration in the current issue of NOIR CITY e-magazine. Subscribe today to get your copy. Your dollars will go towards the FNF's restoration efforts.
East Bay Express chief film reviewer Kelly Vance joins NOIR TALK producer/host Haggai Elitzur to chat about our website's newly added "Now Playing" area, a guide to noir-tinged movie and streaming news. (You can also enjoy Kelly's films reviews in NOIR CITY e-magazine.)
The pair also discuss a number of recent classic film noir releases on Blu-ray from specialty outlets like KL Studio Classics, Olive Films, VCI, ClassicFlix, Cohen Film Collection, Twilight Time, and Warner Archive. Flicker Alley's fully loaded dual Blu-ray/DVD editions of the FNF-funded restorations of Too Late for Tears (1949) and Woman on the Run (1950) as well as their upcoming release of our latest restoration project, The Man who Cheated Himself (1950) are included in the conversation.You can listen either on SoundCloud or on iTunes.
The WORLD OF FILM NOIR was created in black and white, but its intrigue and passion was sold worldwide by movie posters -- in vivid color -- that enticed audiences into this sinister and sensual demimonde. Nowhere on earth was the come-on more colorful than in Belgium, where the nation's standardly sized posters (a mere 14" x 22") virtually exploded with the danger and desire at the heart of cinema's most alluring and durable genre. Small posters from a small country--but packed with more lust and larceny than Hollywood would dare.
NOW, EXCLUSIVELY FROM BLACK POOL PRODUCTIONS—Eddie Muller, "The Czar of Noir," presents 24 glorious Belgian cinema posters from his personal collection, reproduced as 5-1/4" x 7" cards, each complete with his terse and tangy commentary highlighting what made these films—and this artwork--so magical and memorable. $20 + tax/shipping at BlackPoolProductions.com.
Gun Crazy caused barely a ripple in public consciousness when it hit movie screens in 1950. Yet over time it would prove to be the most innovative and provocative motion picture of its era—a simple genre film, but packed with so much cinematic bravura and timeless symbolism, its power has spanned decades, crossed oceans, and influenced countless filmmakers.
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The FNF is proud to be co-presenting the Bay Area premiere of Tamás Topolánszky's Curtiz (2018) at this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. This biopic examines a major turning point in Hungarian director Michael Curtiz's life, the troubled production of one his greatest directorial efforts, Casablanca. His on-set problems are overshadowed by his quest to save relatives caught up in the Nazi dragnet of Jews and the reappearance of his estranged daughter. FNF prez Eddie Muller will introduce the July 20th screening, 6:00 pm at the Castro Theatre. Following the screening, Eddie will be in conversation with FNF board member and Curtiz biographer Alan K. Rode.
The film plays twice more during the festival, Wednesday July 24, 8:30 p.m. at Palo Alto's CineArts in and on Saturday July 27, 6:40 p.m. at the Albany Twin. SFJFF 39 runs July 18 – August 4. Festival tickets, passes and schedule are available on the SFJFF website.
Prefer streaming to cable? We got you covered! Check out the newest edition to our website, I Wake Up Streaming—a monthly classic noir streaming column written by critic Sean Axmaker. Sean is here to guide you through the labyrinth of streaming services and lead you to the best classic film noirs available. He already regularly contributes to the FNF's NOIR CITY e-magazine as well as the NOIR NOW PLAYING section of our website. Sean also writes the syndicated newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website.
The FNF will premiere two new restorations in 2020, both little-known 1950s noir gems from Argentine director Román Viñoly Barreto. The FNF's preservation partner, UCLA Film & Television Archive, recently completed work on La bestia debe morir (1952), an adaptation of Nicholas Blake's celebrated 1938 novel The Beast Must Die. The book was adapted for the screen by Barreto and actor Narciso Ibáñez Menta. Spanish-born Ibáñez Menta was renowned in the '40s and '50s for horror and fantasy films, but in this full-fledged noir he portrays a writer hell-bent on uncovering the identity of the hit-and-run driver who killed his son … and murdering him.
Viñoly Barreto also directed the FNF's other 2020 restoration premiere, El vampiro negro (1953), which is currently being restored through UCLA. The FNF previously funded a preservation print of the film that screened at several 2014 NOIR CITY festivals; according to FNF prez Eddie Muller, "We realized the film was so unique, and so compelling, it had to be completely restored, including fixes to the damaged original negative." El vampiro negro is an inspired reimaging of Fritz Lang's classic M, transposed from Berlin to Buenos Aires. Both restorations are expected to premiere at the NOIR CITY festival in San Francisco, which begins January 24, 2020.
There's a veritable cornucopia for noir lovers this summer at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. First up, a retrospective of an iconic film noir director, Fritz Lang's America, featuring 12 films from Lang's Hollywood period. The series kicks off on June 21 with The Big Heat (1953) and ends with While the City Sleeps (1956). Along the way BAMPFA will also present six more of Lang's noirs: Human Desire (1954), The Woman in the Window (1944), Scarlet Street (1945), Secret Beyond the Door (1948), Clash by Night (1952) and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956). The series includes 35mm Archival Prints from George Eastman Museum, Harvard Film Archive, and The Library of Congress.
Fans of Mexican can look forward to two Julio Bracho helmed films, 1943's Another Dawn (Distinto amanecer) on June 22 and 1945's Twilight (Crepúsculo) on June 29. Fans of neo-noir will want to see Transit (2018) directed by Christian Petzold who previously brilliantly updated The Postman Always Rings Twice to modern Germany with his 2008 film Jerichow.
Noir Film Festival will return for its seventh edition August 23-26 to its breathtaking home, the majestic 12th century Křivoklát Castle, about 100km outside Prague in Czechia. The festival always comprises multiple series, this year's subjects include a tribute to one of pulp fiction's greatest writers, Cornell Woolrich with screenings of some of the best adaptations of his canon: Robert Siodmak's Phantom Lady (1944); Roy William Neill's Black Angel (1946); and Ted Tetzlaff's The Window (1949). The festival will also explore heist films, the centerpiece screening will be Stanley Kubrick's influential contribution to the genre, 1952's The Killing. The fest will also honor both halves of film noir's power couple, Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd with screenings of Georges Marshall's The Blue Dahlia (1946) to salute Lake and to salute Alan Ladd, Frank Tuttle's This Gun for Hire (1942). Programmers Jana Bébarová and Milan Hain have also included a Fritz Lang retrospective including 1944's Ministry of Fear and 1952's Clash by Night. Visit the festival's English language webpage for a list of this year's screenings.
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