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:
Cry Danger (1951)
The Prowler (1951) – Funded by the FNF in conjunction with the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Try and Get Me! (1951)
Repeat Performance (1947) - Funded by the FNF in conjunction with the Packard Humanities Institute
High Tide (1947) - Funded by the FNF in conjunction with the Packard Humanities Institute
Too Late for Tears (1949)
The Guilty (1947)
Woman on the Run (1950)
Los tallos amargos (1956)
Funded by the FNF
No abras nunca esa puerta (Don't Open That Door) (1952)
Si muero antes de despertar (If I Die Before I Wake) (1952)
Apenas un delincuente (Hardly a Criminal) (1953)
El vampiro negro (The Black Vampire) (1953)
The Underworld Story (1950)
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)
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. 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 access to the best writing on noir available today, and to enjoy one of the most cutting-edge interactive multimedia cinema publications in the world, subscribe to NOIR CITY. Start by adding your name to our mailing list and then making a donation of $20 or more to the FNF.
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Here's the print version you've been waiting for—the best of the best from 2015's NOIR CITY e-magazine contributors. Add this volume to your collection—essays, interviews, profiles, tributes, and reviews of classic and modern noir films by Ray Banks, David Corbett, Christa Faust, Vince Keenan, Jake Hinkson, Terrill Lee Lankford, Kim Morgan, Imogen Sara Smith, and others, including Murder She Made/The Exceptional Career of Joan Harrison from editor-in-chief Eddie Muller. Book layout and design by Michael Kronenberg, of course. And, when you purchase the NOIR CITY Annual 8, you'll be helping fund the FNF's restoration efforts. → Now available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Our Video Archives feature an expanding catalog of noir-related video, ranging from exclusive interviews, to festival guest appearances, to short films inspired by film noir.
LATEST ADDITION Alan K. Rode's interview with Steven C. Smith, author of A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann, at the 2015 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival. WATCH.
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