NOIR CITY Seattle returns to the SIFF Cinema Egyptian with a slate of 20 international films, February 14 – 20. The festival opens with two new Argentine restorations funded by the FNF: La bestia debe morir (The Beast Must Die) and El vampiro negro (The Black Vampire). Arrive early to enjoy live tango music beginning at 5:45 PM from the Ben Thomas Trio. Period clothing encouraged!
The 2020 edition of NOIR CITY Seattle will take the audience on a "bitter little world" tour. Our port of calls will include Japan, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Czechia, Korea and Germany. Tour guides include some of the world's most revered filmmakers: Julien Duvivier, Jean-Pierre Melville, Suzuki Seijin, Masahiro Shinoda and Robert Siodmak.
All the films will be introduced by FNF president Eddie Muller except for the four French noirs on Saturday, February 15. Your hosts for that day will be Seattle-based contributors to NOIR CITY e-magazine, Vince and Rosemarie Keenan. The duo also pens the Lillian Frost & Edith Head mystery series under the pseudonym Renee Patrick.
To see the full-lineup of films and buy passes, as well as tickets for individual film screenings, go here.
NOIR CITY: Seattle: Feb 14-20, 2020
NOIR CITY: Hollywood: Mar 6-15, 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
The Film Noir Foundation will premiere two new restorations at NOIR CITY 18, both little-known 1950s noir gems from Argentine director Román Viñoly Barreto: La bestia debe morir (1952) and El vampiro negro (1953). Both restorations were completed in 2019 by the FNF's preservation partner, UCLA Film & Television Archive, with support provided from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust).
La bestia debe morir is an adaptation of Nicholas Blake's celebrated 1938 novel The Beast Must Die. Blake was actually a pseudonym of Irish poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis. The book was noted for an unusual structure combining a first-person narrative of murderous revenge with a whodunit plot more familiar to fans of Blake's Sherlockian British detective, Nigel Strangeways.
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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.
The preservation of this nearly lost classic noir has been accomplished through the long-standing partnership of the FNF and UCLA Film & Television Archive. Additional funding assistance for Trapped was provided through a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust).
Trapped Blu-Ray/DVD bonus materials include:
✽ "Freeing Trapped" — A documentary on the film's creation and history, featuring interviews with Eddie Muller, Donna Lethal, and others.
✽ "A Sedulous Cinderella: Richard Fleischer Remembered" — A remembrance of the man, the director, and the father, by his son Mark Fleischer.
✽ Audio Commentary Track — Featuring author and FNF board member Alan K. Rode and film historian Julie Kirgo.
✽ 24-Page Souvenir Booklet — Featuring rare photographs, poster art, and commentary by FNF president Eddie Muller.
Prefer streaming to cable? We got you covered! Check out the newest edition to our website, I Wake Up Streaming—a 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 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 Third Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival will return to Lenfest Center for the Arts, March 25–29, 2020. The festival will explore films about the Jewish experience during the political turmoil of post-WWII America. The programming comprises films about anti-Semitism, Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire (1947), the lasting impact of the trauma of WWII on returning veterans and their families, Fred Zinnemann's Act of Violence (1949) and Hollywood's oblique discussions of the blacklist like Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success (1957). The screenings will also include John Berry's He Ran All The Way (1951) starring one of the most notorious victim of the blacklist, John Garfield. The 2020 edition of Kit Noir also pays tribute to the Jewish emigre filmmakers who helped shaped the film noir genre with its inclusion of films directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and Billy Wilder. Screenings will be accompanied by discussions with film scholars Noah Isenberg, Vincent Brook, and Steven Ross. All talks will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. This year's festival is guest-programmed by Ann Douglas, Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
The full schedule of 11 films, mostly screening in 35mm, is available on the University of Columbia School of Arts' website. Tickets go on sale the week of February 24.
The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant—Aparna Subramanian of NYU. Ms. Aparna will receive her MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation in 2021 from the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
The FNF's charitable grant, funded by the Mysel family in honor of the late film preservationist Nancy Mysel who supervised FNF restorations of The Prowler and Cry Danger, grants funding to students enrolled in film restoration and preservation studies. The 2020 grant announcement was made Saturday night, February 1, at NOIR CITY 18 by festival host Eddie Muller, with a thoughtful video by Ms. Subramanian screened for the San Francisco audience. Details on how to apply for the grant are available here.
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