This year, Noir Film Festival, the only noir festival held in a castle, will move to a new venue. After the first year at the Kokořín castle and 7 years at the Křivoklát castle, the home of the Noir Film Festival since 2014, this unique event will move to the Český Šternberk castle one of the oldest stone castles in Bohemia and will take place August 18-22. As usual, the programming will be split between multiple concurrent series.
Noir Without Prejudice is the main programming unit, films include Crossfire (1947), a taut film noir that examined anti-Semitism starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan in an unforgettable, disturbing performance. This groundbreaking film was overshadowed by the Oscar wining drama Gentleman's Agreement, released the same year which explored the same subject. No Way Out (1950), Storm Warning (1951), The Lawless (1950) and The Well (1951) round out the series.
The festival also takes on one of the most common film noir tropes, amnesia. Amnesiac Noir includes two of the best examples of this subgenre, Somewhere in the Night (1946) and High Wall (1947) which includes a rare good girl role for Audrey Totter.
The festival also includes an Ida Lupino retrospective, showcasing films directed by Lupino and produced by The Filmakers, the production company she co-founded: The Bigamist (1953) co-starring Lupino, Joan Fontaine and Edmond O'Brien; Not Wanted (1949); Never Fear (1949); Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951); and her only strictly noir film, The Hitch-Hiker (1953).
As always, the festival will include Czecholslovak Noir. This year's lineup comprises The Plain Old Maid (Ošklivá slečna, 1959, director: Miroslav Hubáček); Romeo, Juliet and Darkness (Romeo, Julie a tma, 1959, director: Jiří Weiss); Vertigo (Závrať, 1962, director: Karel Kachyňa); and Snake Poison (I, 1981, director: František Vláčil). This year the festival will again honor silver screen acting greats: Bette Davis and Victor Mature with screenings of their respective voyages into noir territory, Beyond the Forest (1949) and I Wake Up Screaming (1941).
The final series included in this year's programming is Bollywood Noir. According to festival programmers, Guru Dutt's directional debut Baazi (1951), is closet to a traditional Hollywood noir. The last two films in the selection are closely related to the Gothic Cinema: Madhumati (1958) and Kohraa (1964). The latter is loosely adapted from Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca (1938), the basis of the Hitchcock film of the same name.
The Arthur Lyons' Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs was cancelled for 2020 "due to the challenges of producing the festival during the COVID pandemic." The 2021 edition of the festival will take place October 21 through October 24.
In the absence of live events the San Francisco Silent Film Festival has moved online to continue to bring our audience engaging content. Masterclasses with amazing musicians, an online version of our beloved Amazing Tales from the Archives program, member screenings and more—check out SFSFF online today!
Midcentury Productions' events in Los Angeles and San Francisco were delayed in 2020 due to COVID. "Here is what's likely to occur in San Francisco as soon as it's possible to return. Our Georges Simenon series will be restructured. Our special Jean Gabin event will be revamped and rescheduled. We expect to have several all-day weekend events as well, to preview our approach for the 2021 edition of THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT, which will combine past festival favorites with more unseen rarities from "the lost continent" of French noir."
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The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant—Ari Negovschi.
You can now own your own copy of the FNF funded restoration on Trapped (1949), available from Flicker Alley in a Blu-ray/DVD combo. In Richard Fleischer's 1949 noir, T-Men investigating a flood of phony $20s spring convicted counterfeiter Tris Stewart (Lloyd Bridges) from the joint to use as an undercover operative. But Tris is only stringing the Feds along until he makes a score and scoots to Mexico with his red-hot squeeze, Meg (Barbara Payton). The double- and triple-crosses come fast and furious, as no one's sure who's a crook and who's a copper. A hasty and hard-edged B with exceptional camerawork by DP Guy Roe.+ READ MORE
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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THIS MONTH'S BROADCASTS
Thursday, July 15 and 29 at 7:00 pm PT. Broadcasts are available to watch on our YouTube channel the following day.
The Film Noir Foundation's acclaimed publication, previously available exclusively to patrons in digital form, is now available as a separate, stand-alone printed magazine. Every issue filled with articles by the finest film writers in the world, exploring the world of noir in both classic and contemporary cinema—and its influence on other media. Get every new issue delivered to your actual mailbox—on-demand!
Donors to the Film Noir Foundation will continue to receive the magazine in downloadable PDF form. Physical editions available only as separate purchases via Amazon.com for $14.99. All FNF proceeds from the sale of the magazine aid the FNF's mission of rescuing and restoring films!
Hard copy magazines are available starting with issue #31, featuring "Modern Noir Master" Mike Hodges. Back issues #1 – #30 are available for purchase in digital form only.
You can now hold in your hands the only magazine in the world devoted exclusively to NOIR. Enjoying turning actual pages filled with superb writing, spectacular design, and stunning imagery.
Yoram Kahana was one of the Film Noir Foundation's greatest allies. His association with us even pre-dates the FNF's creation. Our first meeting was at one of the earliest noir festivals at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, presented in conjunction with the American Cinematheque. At the end of the evening Yoram approached me, the first time I'd ever seen what would become a familiar visage: the wild tangle of white hair, the light-colored, lightweight, lived-in outfit (complete with photojournalist vest) suggesting a war correspondent in some humid, hostile outpost (nah, just Hollywood). The bemused, crooked smile—and, of course, the gruff, almost indecipherable accent that prevented me from really knowing his name until I looked it up online. → READ MORE
The revised and expanded edition of FNF prez and Noir Alley host Eddie Muller's Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir is now available for purchase from the TCM Shop or your favorite bookseller.
Presented by Turner Classic Movies, Muller's film noir lover's bible takes readers on a tour of the urban landscape of the grim and gritty genre in a definitive, highly illustrated volume. Dark City expands with new chapters and a fresh collection of restored photos that illustrate the mythic landscape of the imagination. It's a place where the men and women who created film noir often find themselves dangling from the same sinister heights as the silver-screen characters to whom they gave life.
Muller guides fans on a spellbinding trip through treacherous terrain: Hollywood in the post-WWII years, where art, politics, scandal, style—and brilliant craftsmanship—produced a new approach to moviemaking, and a new type of cultural lore. This journey hits all the finer neighborhoods: Shamus Flats, Vixenville, Blind Alley, Losers' Lane—with stops at The Precinct, The Psych Ward, The Big House, and other dank corners, with shady protagonists ready to spill their bitter life story before retreating to the shadows.
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