The Film Noir Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement.
It is our mission to find and preserve films in danger of being lost or irreparably damaged, and to ensure that high quality prints of these classic films remain in circulation for theatrical exhibition to future generations.
That's the high-toned legalese. Here are the facts: Even as the high-tech revolution lets us own vast film libraries on DVD, the risk grows greater all the time that 35mm prints of some films will fall into disuse and eventually disintegrate—especially lesser-known titles that have slipped through the cultural cracks, but are worthy of rediscovery.
As a focal point of the classic film noir revival, the Foundation serves as a conduit between film companies and repertory cinemas still eager to screen these films in 35mm. Revenues generated by ticket sales encourage studios film archives to strike new prints of films that are at risk of disappearing from public view, either through neglect or scarcity. Once these films sare unearthed and returned to circulation, the chances exponentially increase that they will be reissued on DVD, available in pristine, affordable form for future generations of film-lovers.
Since 2005, the Film Noir Foundation has saved the following films:
The Prowler (1951) – Funded by the FNF in conjunction with the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Cry Danger (1951)
High Tide (1947) - Funded by the FNF in conjunction with the Packard Humanities Institute
Try and Get Me! (1951)
Repeat Performance (1947) - Funded by the FNF in conjunction with the Packard Humanities Institute
Too Late for Tears (1949)
Funded by the FNF
The Window (1949)
Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
High Wall (1947)
The Hunted (1948)
Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
Cry Tough (1959)
Three Strangers (1946)
Southside 1-1000 (1950)
Fostered and screened by the FNF, funded by film studios
I Love Trouble (1948)
Night Has 1000 Eyes (1948)
Alias Nick Beal (1949)
Strangers In the Night (1944)
Naked Alibi (1954)
Slaughter on 10th Avenue (1957)
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Woman on the Run (1950) (digital copy from 35mm before only print was destroyed)
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Congratulations to John Membrino, winner of NOIR CITY e-magazine's first contest! John won a copy of the new TCM Vault Collection Blu-ray release of Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai (1947). It contains both a Blu-ray and a DVD copy of the film, plus an on-camera discussion of the film with the FNF's "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller. To celebrate the launch of NOIR CITY e-magazine's summer issue, NOIR CITY picked one lucky winner at random from new subscribers to receive Lady.
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Is there a better way to treat yourself or the noir lover in your life than by buying a little something that expresses darkness and desire "just because"? You can actually righteously give yourself a pat on the back for your indulgence in retail therapy, because with every purchase, you're supporting the Film Noir Foundation's preservation efforts. We have plenty to choose from. First, there's NOIR CITY Naked! A glorious wall calendar filled with 365 days of darkness and desire! Only $5. Buy it here!
Or how about giving one (or more) of our NOIR CITY Annuals, comprising articles from the FNF's spectacular NOIR CITY e-magazine. Or, if you too think "It's a bitter little world," then help spread our nihilistic (or is that "realist?") philosophy with official Film Noir Foundation merchandise, emblazoned with our favorite downbeat quote: t-shirts; covers for your iProducts, Kindles and laptops; and most importantly, barware. Not so bitter? We have a selection of items featuring just the FNF logo. All can be found at our Cafe Press store.
For the latest in noir news from the small screen to the big screen and beyond, visit our news page. We'll keep you updated on FNF projects and events, films festivals, noir related happenings in other mediums, as well as noir and neo-noir titles released on disc and digital.
Check our monthly listings for noir and neo-noir films coming up on TCM.
Our archives feature an expanding catalog of noir-related video, ranging from exclusive interviews, to festival guest appearances, to short films inspired by film noir.
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FROM A DONOR Just wanted to start by telling you that I am extremely happy to have found your Foundation. I am 38 years of age, and for the last few years I have become a fan of 40s and 50s movies. My parents are Greek. They moved to Australia before I was born, and the fact that I am a Greek Australian who loves old movies is rare.... I have my parents to thank—especially my father, because he always had great enthusiasm whenever Bogart or Cagney was on the television. I have your NOIR CITY e-magazines, and they are nothing short of amazing... Thank you for your time and thank you for saving the greatest years of film. — Daniel Sarantidis
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— Patrick Shields