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NOIR CITY: Boston on June 14-16, 2024

NOIR CITY retuns to Beantown

NOIR CITY Boston returns to its home at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge MA, June 14-16. This year’s line-up pairs classic American noirs with films from other countries that share similar DNA. FNF advisory board member and Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties author Foster Hirsch will introduce the five double features screening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will also be a bonus screening of Elevator to the Gallows on Monday, June 17.

Full schedule and program notes available here.

Want to save some of your hard-earned do-re-mi—get the NOIR CITY Boston Ticket Pack. Ticket packs are $80 before June 1 (price increases to $90 on June 1). Individual tickets are also available for all the screenings.

NOIR CITY Boston Ticket Pack available here.

CONFIRMED 2024 NOIR CITY DATES

NOIR CITY: Boston: Jun 14-16
The Brattle, Cambridge, MA

NOIR CITY: Portland: Jul 19-21
Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR

NOIR CITY: Chicago: Sep 6-12
Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL

NOIR CITY: Detroit: Sep 20-22
Redford Theatre, Detroit, MI

NOIR CITY: D.C.: Oct 11-24
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

NOIR CITY: Philadelphia: Nov 15-17
The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA

*Other U.S. cities will be added as festival dates are confirmed.

Lucas Cullen

2024 Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant recipient announced

At NOIR CITY 21 festival in Oakland, the Film Noir Foundation announced the recipient of 2024’s FNF-Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant — Lucas Cullen from the Selznick School in Rochester, New York. Lucas was gracious enough to supply us with an on-screen acceptance/thank-you video the audience could enjoy.

Lucas Cullen is an archivist, artist, film programmer, and writer who grew up living next to a limestone quarry in the Welsh Mountains of Pennsylvania with his twin brother, Derrick. He received a B.S. in Film, Video, & Theatre and a minor in English Language & Literature from Maryland’s Stevenson University and is currently a student in the Certificate Program at The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation.

Lucas previously served as a year-round Assistant Manager at The SNF Parkway/Maryland Film Festival, a Programming Associate for the virtual editions of MdFF 2020 and 2021, and a clerk at Beyond Video — Baltimore’s non-profit, all-volunteer-run video library. He is a member of the Irish Arts Center.

You can read more about how the grant was originally established on the FNF Grant page. There is also an exciting essay from UCLA’s Gabrielle Norte describing her 2023 activities and what she was able to accomplish as last year’s grant recipient.

Newest FNF restoration available for pre-order

Preserved by the Film Noir Foundation in 2013 and now beautifully restored through the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Never Open That Door (No abras nunca esa puerta) is a significant example of the cross-cultural cinematic legacy shared by the United States and Argentina during the post-WWII era. Based on two short stories by American master of suspense fiction Cornell Woolrich, the film is brilliantly directed by Argentine filmmaker Carlos Hugo Christensen with extraordinary cinematography by Pablo Tabernero. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY

Says FNF founder Eddie Muller about this recent restoration, “It is a revelation to experience the work of an all-American author, in Spanish, and rendered as well – or perhaps better – than any Hollywood adaptation of his work.”

Originally a three-part anthology of Woolrich tales, Never Open That Door was released separately from the 73-minute film If I Should Die Before I Wake (Si muero antes de despertar) adapted by screenwriter Alejandro Casona and Christensen. An exceedingly rare archival conservation scan of If I Should Die Before I Wake is featured in this publication. 

BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDE:

✽ Introduction by author, film historian, and "noirchaeologist" Eddie Muller

✽ Audio commentary by author and film historian Guido Segal

✽ New documentary on Cornell Woolrich

✽ Newly recorded conversation - with Argentina's leading film archivist and cinema historian Fernando Martín Peña

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. + READ MORE

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. + READ MORE

Eddie Muller - Anne Hockens  - Ask Eddie

Ask Eddie anything!

Did you know that The Film Noir Foundation livestreams every two weeks on our Facebook page in which Eddie Muller answers questions submitted by our e‑mail subscribers? All previous broadcasts are available on our YouTube broadcast archives page.

Subscribe to our mailing list, so you can get your question answered.

The latest ASK EDDIE broadcast on Facebook May 9 and on YouTube the following day.

And the winner is...

We are proud to announce the the winners of the FNF's NOIR CITY Magazine #40 donation drive held April 26 - May 3, 2024

Existing donors

The five winners of the five NOIR CITY Magazine - digital - back issues — #2, #16, #19, #24, #25 — Amanda Mapel, Las Vegas, NV; Erik VanBetuw, Redmond, WA; Leroy Sorenson, Minneapolis, MN; Marcio Lopes Correa, Asa Sul, Brasilia - Brazil; and Thomas Ritz, Columbia, CA

Winner of the Blu-ray/DVD of FNF restoration Too Late for Tears (1949): Valerie Brooks, Leaburg, OR

Winner of the Criterion DVD of Mulholland Drive (2001): Mark Hesse, St. Cloud, MN

The winner of the Criterion release Blu-ray of Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Stranger on the Third Floor (1940), a copy of Eddie Muller’s Gun Crazy: The Origin of American Outlaw Cinema, and illustrator Graham Chaffee’s To Have and To Hold from Fantagraphics: Mark Browning, South Charleston, WV

Continuing the Los Angeles theme of the current issue, the winner of the Blu-ray of Harper (1966); a DVD of The Grifters (1990); and the Criterion Blu-ray release of Double Indemnity (1944).  Also included — an FNF copy of Cutter’s Way (1981) on a double bill with Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979): Louis Nastro, Sacramento, CA

New donors

The five new-subscriber winners of the five NOIR CITY Magazine back issues —  #2, #16, #19, #24, #25 — are: Colin Rier, Vancouver, British Columbia; Ray Nielsen, Aloha, OR; Laurie Canham, Summerfield, NC; Ingred Chamberlin, San Diego, CA; and George Caldwell, Paisley, Scotland

Winner of the Criterion DVD of Mulholland Drive (2001): Mark Hesse, St. Cloud, MN

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.

NOIR BAR

Cocktails and Noir

FNF prez Eddie Muller's newest book, NOIR BAR: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir combines two of his greatest passions, film noir and cocktails.

In the words of the author, "Noir Bar offers a booze-based excursion through America's most popular film genre, pairing easy-to-master recipes with the kind of behind-the-scenes anecdotes that I like to include in my film intros and books." Some of the drinks are the ones being imbibed on screen and some are named after the films, the characters or the actors themselves. The recipes came from a variety of sources including Ernest Hemmingway and Sam Fuller. Some were even created by Eddie himself. Eddie also draws on his past as a bartender to coach you on the supplies and the techniques you will need to create these libations in your own home. The book is stylishly laid out and filled with movie stills, poster art, behind-the-scenes images, and cocktail photography. The book is available from Running Press.

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

Czar of Noir's Dark City available

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. + READ MORE

El vampiro negro

Blu‑ray/DVD of FNF restoration available

Argentine director Román Viñoly Barreto's El vampiro negro (The Black Vampire) is available from Flicker Alley in a deluxe Blu‑ray/DVD edition. A virtually unknown remake of Fritz Lang's seminal 1931 thriller M, this 1953 Argentine noir is a female-centered take on the tale. + 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

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