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Destination: NOIR CITY 2020

Save the date! NOIR CITY returns to its home at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre for its 18th edition, January 24–February 2, 2020. The full line-up will be announced at our NOIR CITY Xmas show, December 18 at the Castro.

Can't make it to the Castro for NOIR CITY Xmas? Don't shout, don't cry—the schedule, program notes, and both single tickets and Passports (all access festival passes) will all be available the same night on

NOIR CITY Passports are now available here for purchase. This all-access festival pass grants the bearer: entry to all films during NOIR CITY 18's 10-day run; separate passport holders' queue for early admittance to the theatre for all shows; and the opening night passholders' reception (Castro Theatre mezzanine) beginning at 6 pm on January 24, 2020.


NOIR CITY Xmas (San Francisco): Dec 18, 2019
NOIR CITY 18 (San Francisco): Jan 24-Feb 2, 2020
NOIR CITY: Seattle: Feb 14-20, 2020
NOIR CITY: Hollywood: Mar 5-15, 2020
NOIR CITY Austin: May 15-17, 2020
NOIR CITY: Boston: Jun 12-14, 2020
NOIR CITY: Chicago: dates TBD
NOIR CITY: Detroit: Sep 18-20, 2020
NOIR CITY: D.C.: dates TBD

I Wake Up Streaming

Prefer streaming to cable? We got you covered! Check out the newest edition to our website, I Wake Up Streaminga monthly 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.

NOIR CITY 18 Accomodations

If you're an out-of-towner looking for lodging near the Castro Theatre, our friends at Beck's Motor Lodge are offering discounted room rates for festival guests during NOIR CITY 18. Beginning January 23 through February 2, 2020, you can get a room with a Queen bed for $169 plus tax, and for a room with 2 beds the cost is $189 plus tax.

Located at 2222 Market near the intersection of 15th and Sanchez, Beck's Motor Lodge is walking distance to the Castro Theatre. While the exterior of the iconic mid-century motel (built in 1958) hasn't changed much over the years, the interior rooms have all been totally refurbished with new furniture and bathrooms, 32" flat screen televisions, refrigerators and coffee makers. Parking is still free, as is access to wi-fi.

Call Beck's Motor Lodge at 415-621-8212 or email them at to make your reservation. Important: Make sure you tell Beck's you're calling for the NOIR CITY 18 festival rate.

FNF To Debut Two Argentine Restorations in 2020

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.

Trapped Restored and Released by FNF, UCLA

Trapped - Film Noir Foundation restoration

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. + READ MORE

From the Collection of
Eddie Muller

Belgian NoirThe 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

Don't Print the Legend

Gun Crazy - Eddie MullerGun 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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NOIR CITY Xmas - December 18, 2019

Join us Wednesday, December 18, at 7:30 pm, for a special evening of yule cruelty, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a dark holiday classic from south of the border—and reveals the entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe, coming January 24–February 2, 2020 to the majestic Castro Theatre.


Dolores del Río, one of the most beautiful actresses of all-time, stars in this noir-laden thriller as identical twins: María, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man María once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, María can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Co-starring José Baviera, Agustín Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips.

Del Río enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and '30s, before she returned to her native Mexico in the '40s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Gavaldón and writer-activist José Revueltas, who would make 11 more films together, becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

La Otra (1946)

Enjoy this hot-blooded noir appetizer in anticipation of the full-blown feast of international noir coming January 24–February 2, 2020 … NOIR CITY 18!


In Spanish; DCP with English subtitles

1946, Mexico. Producciones Mercurio. 96 minutes. Story: Rian James and Roberto Gavaldón, adapted by Jack Wagner; Screenplay: José Revueltas; Director: Roberto Gavaldón

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Noir and Neo-Noir news

Love our film reviews in the NOIR CITY e-magazine? Get you noir-tinged movie and streaming news faster from our newly added NOW PLAYING area. Contributors include syndicated newspaper columnist Sean Axmaker; the East Bay Express' chief film reviewer Kelly Vance and Nathalie Atkinson, a columnist for The Globe and Mail and the creator and host of the popular film series Designing the Movies.

And the Winner Is...

Here are the winners of the FNF's NOIR CITY E-mag #27 donation drive held November 4 - 12, 2019:

☆ The two winners of Warner Archive's new release of The Set-Up (1949): Jane Lovell, Fairfield, CA, and Mark Kalow, Santa Cruz, CA.

☆ The two winners of two Warner Archive films highlighting directors: Anthony Mann's Two O'Clock Courage (1945) DVD and Fritz Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) Blu-ray: James Lowe, St. Louis, MO; Raoul Walsh's The Man I Love (1947) DVD and Jean Negulesco's The Conspirators (1944): J.N. Adams, Havana, FL

☆ The winner of the Warner Archive "San Francisco" triple Dark Passage (1947) Blu-ray, Hell on Frisco Bay (1955) Blu-ray, and the DVD Born to Kill with Eddie Muller commentary, plus the Fantagraphics' hard-cover book The High Cost of Dying by EC Comics' Reed Crandall: Carol Baker, Morristown, NJ

☆ The new-subscriber winner of the single Warner Archive Blu-ray of The Set-Up (1949): Angela Dancey, Chicago, IL.

☆ The new-subscriber winner of the Warner Archive Blu-ray of The Big Sleep (1946): Thomas Buckley, Washington, D.C.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Film Noir Foundation! A reminder that anyone who contributes $20 or more to the FNF and signs up our mailing list always receives a free year's subscription to NOIR CITY e-magazine. Contributors may receive additional FNF thank you gifts depending on the amount of the donation.


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