Film Noir & Neo Noir News

Czech Noir Film Festival Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Noir Film Festival will return for its 10th iteration to Český Šternberk Castle August 17-21 with an impressive 55 screenings. The castle, serving for the festival's home for the second year in a row, dates from the mid-13th century and is located on the west side of the river Sázava ic.

As usual, the festival's programming will be split between multiple, concurrent series. The main series, Blacklisted, will focus on those prominent Hollywood figures whose careers were stunted or even ended by the Hollywood Blacklist. Screenings will include Force of Evil (1948, written and directed by Abraham Polonsky, starring John Garfield), Thieves' Highway (1949, directed by Jules Dassin, written by A. I. Bezzerides) and He Ran All the Way (1951, directed by John Berry, written by Dalton Trumbo, and starring John Garfield).

The festival will also include a retrospective of the legendry B-movie director an Edgar G. Ulmer's works and a series of screenings featuring films that the festival presented at their first rendition. The latter will feature big stars in big pictures: Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946), Joan Crawford in the film that she won a Best Actress Oscar for, Mildred Pierce (1946), and an against type Gene Tierney playing one of the most loathed femme fatales in noir history in the technicolor noir Leave Her to Heaven (1945). The "Best of the 1st Edition" series concludes with Robert Aldrich's envelope pushing Kiss Me Deadly (1955).

The Special Screenings series will include the four-part Czech TV series Rédl (2018) starring Ondřej Sokol, based on a script by Miro Šifra and directed by Jan Hřebejk. Set in 1992, the story centers on Roman Rédl a Military Prosecutor at the height of his career who must prevent General Ference, the last chief of the State Security (StB) to escape during the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The nine-part series The Riddle of the Puzzle (Záhada hlavolamu) will also play. The series is based on Jaroslav Foglar's iconic book about the boys' club the Rapid Arrows, and was made in 1969 by director Hynek Bočan, a long-time patron and regular visitor of the Noir Film Festival.

The complete program will be announced on June 17. From this date, it will be possible to book and purchase individual tickets for all screenings. However, it is already possible to purchase basic festival passes. For further information, visit the festival website.

UPCOMING NOIR CITY DATES

NOIR CITY: Chicago: Aug 26-Sep 1
NOIR CITY: Detroit: Sep 23-25
NOIR CITY: D.C.: Oct 14-27

Repeat Performance

Repeat Performance Now Available

The FNF's restoration of Repeat Performance (1947) has been released in a beautiful Blu-ray/DVD combo set that includes extensive special features. Order your copy now from Flicker Alley. An amazingly original hybrid of film noir, supernatural fantasy, and backstage melodrama, the film stars Joan Leslie as a Broadway actress who magically relives the previous year of her life, but can she alter the fateful mistakes and misjudgments that led to a New Year's Eve tragedy? Think of it as film noir's answer to It's a Wonderful Life or a full-length precursor to The Twilight Zone. + READ MORE

Katie Higley

2022 Grant Recipient

The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant—Katie Higley. A McNair Scholar and student archival assistant at Central Michigan University, Katie Higley is the current student head of the CMU Clarke Historical Library's film project. In this capacity, she has processed film and created an encoded finding aid for the library's largest film collection, Channel 9&10 News. It was her work on this project that led Katie to apply for the McNair Scholars Program. + READ MORE

The Bitter Stems and The Beast Must Die on Flicker Alley

Two FNF Argentine Restorations Available on Blu-ray/DVD

We are proud to announce the release of two FNF restorations as Blu-ray/DVD combos from Flicker Alley: The Bitter Stems and The Beast Must Die, two classics of Argentine noir.. →  READ MORE

Eddie Muller and Bill Arney

Bill Arney

Eddie Muller Remembers the Voice of NOIR CITY

The NOIR CITY film festival has lost a bit of its soul. WILLIAM P. ARNEY aka "The Voice of NOIR CITY," died on Monday, September 27. He'd been battling an assortment of maladies over the past few months, but none that seemed lethal. In fact, Bill called me the day before he died and he sounded the same as always—charming and avuncular, with that gruff voice straight out of a 1940s film noir. An undetected virus in his lungs dropped him for the count the following day.

Bill and I had been friends from the moment we met, March 19, 2005. It was an event celebrating the American Library Association's declaration of landmark status for 891 Post St. in San Francisco. That's where Dashiell Hammett lived when he wrote The Maltese Falcon.→ READ MORE

Yoram Kahana

Yoram Kahana

Remembering Our Champion

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 wil d tangle of white hair, the light-colored, lightweight, lived-in outfit (complete with photojourvalist 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

Dark City, the
				Lost World of Film Noir by Eddie Muller

Czar of Noir's DARK CITY available now!

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.

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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Our most recent edition of ASK EDDIE livestreamed on Thursday, June 2 on Facebook and is available on our YouTube channel. July dates TBA.

Mannequin in Red

Scandinavian Noir at the Roxie

Midcentury Productions will present two matinée double features of Scandinavian noir this weekend at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre, as part of their ongoing Midcentury Madness series, a tour of international film noir. On Saturday, July 9, noon, host and producer Don Malcom presents two films directed by Sweden's Arne Mattson, Mannequin in Red (1958) and The Doll (1962). The former is the second in a thriller series featuring a husband-and-wife team, Kasja and John Hillman. They set out to solve the murder of a model who had a secret life as a blackmailer. The latter tells the tale of a lonely night watchmen (Per Oscarsson) who brings home a mannequin for company. She comes to life to his initial delight.

On Sunday July 10, noon, the series turns to Norway for Kare Bergstrom's The Lake of the Dead (1958) and Arne Skouen's Nine Lives (1957). In Lake, a group of six friends travel to a cabin in the woods for a relaxing weekend of camping, instead they find themselves embroiled in a supernatural mystery. Nine Lives is based on the true story of a Norwegian saboteur trying to find his way to safety in Sweden after the Nazis killed all his fellow commandos.

The series will continue July 30-31 for a double feature of Eastern European noir and a double bill of films starring Don Murray who will be in attendance. Tickets and showtimes are available on the Roxie's website.

John Cassavetes - Johnny Staccato

John Cassavetes' TV Noir Beginnings

UCLA Film & Television Archive shined a light on John Cassavetes' early television career with their program "Johnny Staccato—Directed by John Cassavetes" on April 24 at Los Angeles' Hammer Museum.

Cassavetes, known for his considerable contributions to Independent Cinema, plays the titular character, a jazz pianist who solves crimes in the seedy parts of New York City. Both the acting and directing styles that became trademarks of his own films can be seen in the episodes that he directed.

Brian Light, author of the article "Johnny Staccato Scats the Blues" for the FNF's NOIR CITY Magazine introduced the screening. You can watch his introduction here.

The Guilty - High Tide on Flicker Alley

Two FNF Restoration Set

The FNF funded restorations of two 1947 film noirs, The Guilty and High Tide are now available for pre-order in a beautiful Blu-ray/DVD combo set that includes extensive special features from Flicker Alley. John Reinhardt's The Guilty centers on war veterans Mike Carr (Don Castle) and Johnny Dixon (Wally Cassell), roommates in a low-rent tenement. They are romantically entangled with twin sisters Estelle and Linda Mitchell (Bonita Granville, in a dual role). When one sister turns up dead, the boys are hounded by a suspicious police inspector (Regis Toomey). Working on only three sets, with a shoestring budget, Reinhardt and director of photography Henry Sharp evoke the dreadful, dead-of-night ambiance that was the domain of the era's most prolific noir scribe, Cornell Woolrich. The rarely seen noir has been restored from a 35mm nitrate composite fine-grain master by UCLA Film & Television Archive and is now presented in this world-premiere edition.

High Tide was the second of two crime thrillers independently produced in 1947 by Texas oil tycoon Jack Wrather. It carries over from The Guilty the same screenwriter and cameraman, the same protagonist in actor Don Castle, and the same director, John Reinhardt, whose playful inventiveness enlivened several post-WW II films noir. The action gets rolling with one of the greatest framing gimmicks in noir: a speeding car crashes onto a rocky shoreline and its occupants, newspaper editor Hugh Fresney (Lee Tracy) and private eye Tim Slade (Don Castle) recount the plot as the rising tide threatens to drown them. In flashback, we learn that Slade was brought in by muckraking editor Fresney as protection against a mobster (Anthony Warde) his paper is investigating. Things quickly get complicated as Fresney's boss has a wife (Julia Bishop) eager to resume a smoldering romance with Slade. This forgotten noir was rescued with the combined efforts of the FNF, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the British Film Institute. Restoration funding was provided by the FNF in conjunction with the Packard Humanities Institute.

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