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NOIR CITY Chicago August 25-31

NOIR CITY Returns to the Windy City

NOIR CITY Chicago returns to the Music Box Theatre August 25-31, with an epically suspenseful series of criminal capers! "The Big Knockover" celebrates the history of the heist film from black-and-white Hollywood classics such as The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Kansas City Confidential (1952), to 1974's The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3, to the stunning contemporary thriller from Argentina El Aura (2005). This year's focus on hold-ups, heists, and schemes gone awry provides the perfect opportunity to venture beyond the 1940s and '50s to show how noir has expanded and transformed over the decades. NOIR CITY Chicago's opening night will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential with a screening of the film in 35mm. For the full schedule and ticket information, visit the MusicBox website.


NOIR CITY Chicago:  August 25-31
NOIR CITY Detroit:  September 22-24
NOIR CITY D.C.:  October 14-26
NOIR CITY Xmas: Wed., December 20
NOIR CITY SF: January 26-February. 4, 2018

NOIR CITY returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre, January 26 - February 4, 2018, for its 16th edition. The 2018 film festival will focus on films noirs from the years 1941-1953. The theme, schedule and final poster for NOIR CITY 16 will be unveiled at NOIR CITY Xmas on December 20 at the Castro. You will be able to pick up passports (full series passes) for the festival that night at the theatre along with official Film Noir Foundation merchandise. Passports and individual tickets will also go on sale that night at the NOIR CITY festival website.

The Feminine Side of Pulp Noir

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is presenting a film series inspired by the Library of America's recent anthology Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (ed. Sarah Weinman). Band of Outsiders: Women Crime Writers includes justly famous noirs: Otto Preminger's Laura (1944), based on the novel by Vera Caspry, and Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place (1950), based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, as well as lesser known Hollywood gems: Roy Ward Baker's Don't Bother to Knock (1952), based on the novel Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong and featuring an early and atypical role for Marilyn Monroe, and Robert Montgomery's Ride the Pink Horse, also based on a book by Hughes and produced by Alfred Hitchcock's protégé Joan Harrison. The series, curated by Kathy Geritz and Judy Bloch, runs now through August 17. Complete film notes, schedule and tickets available at the BAMPFA website.

The Czar of Noir Now on TCM

NOIR ALLEY on TCM every SundayWe're ecstatic that FNF president and NOIR CITY producer Eddie Muller is now hosting a new franchise for Turner Classic Movies, Noir Alley. Every Sunday at 10 a.m. EST / 7 a.m. PST, Muller presents a classic film noir. The series kicked off on March 5 with arguably the first and greatest noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941) based on the novel by pulp fiction great Dashiell Hammett and starring an outstanding ensemble of actors: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

Noir Alley is designed to be an immersive, multiplatform experience for both seasoned noir fans and newcomers to the genre. Fans are invited to engage with the Noir Alley community through social media by joining the conversation on the @NoirAlley Twitter page and Noir Alley Facebook page and tagging #NoirAlley. Noir Alley's Twitter and Facebook pages feature a constantly refreshed collection of special content, including exclusive videos from Eddie Muller. View TCM's Noir Alley schedule.

Woman on the Run Blu-ray/DVD – International Recognition

We are very proud that Flicker Alley's Blu-ray/DVD release of the FNF's 35mm restoration of Woman on the Run (1950) was honored by to Lorenzo Codelli naming it as his "Personal Choice" at the 2017 Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards. The DVD/Blu-ray release was one of 35 finalists for the DVD Awards at this year's Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, Italy. Organized by the Cineteca di Bologna, the 9-day event ran June 24 – July 2 and is one of the world's major festivals of film restoration. This wasn't the first time the FNF has been part of Il Cinema Ritrovato; in 2015. The FNF's then-newly-restored 35mm Woman on the Run print made its European premiere at the Cineteca's festival to wide acclaim. To see the list of Il Cinema Ritrovato 2017 DVD honorees go here.

From the Collection of
Eddie Muller

Belgian NoirThe 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

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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FNF Receives $25K Grant from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for 2017

[Celebrity Sighting – Film Noir Foundation's Daryl Sparks (right) and Brian Light (left) with Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk at HFPA's grant awards dinner, August 2, 2017, Beverly Hilton Hotel/Los Angeles.]

For the fifth consecutive year, the Film Noir Foundation is a grant recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust. This year's $25,000 grant, along with 2016's endowment, will be used to help fund a specific film restoration project the FNF hopes to premiere in 2018.

HFPA's mission is to foster education, diversity, and creative expression in art and film through a variety of programs and special grants. For more than 25 years, the HFPA Charitable Trust has committed nearly $30 million in grants, provided more than 1,500 scholarships, and helped restore over 90 films – including three completed FNF restorations.

This year's grants banquet was held Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel with FNF promotional director and grants manager Daryl Sparks in attendance. Also representing the FNF was NOIR CITY e-mag contributing writer Brian Light. The evening's festivities were hosted by Chelsea Handler with highlighted award presentations by various Hollywood celebrities including Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Mackie, Mark Hamill, Katherine Hahn, Chrissy Metz, Chadwick Boseman, Alison Brie, Patrick Stewart, Elisabeth Moss, and Bob Odenkirk.

Czech Film Noir Fest Returns

Noir Film Festival in Krivoklat

The fifth edition of Noir Film Festival in the Czech Republic will take place August 17–20 and held in a breathtaking venue, the majestic 12th century Křivoklát Castle Castle, about 100km outside Prague. More than 40 screenings will be held in the castle's upper courtyard as well as four historical halls. This year's programming includes a Humphrey Bogart retrospective, series on trains in film noir and Mexican noir, and tributes to the film noir icons Lizabeth Scott and Robert Mitchum. This year's festival will also include the series, Noir South of El Paso and Alfred Hitchcock – On the Frontier of Noir, as well as their annual HBO screenings and Czechoslovak Noir series.The complete program is available on the festival's official website.

New Episode of NOIR TALK: Special Guest Michael Kronenberg

NoirTalk podcastIn the new episode of NOIR TALK, host and producer Haggai Elitzur sits down with NOIR CITY e‑magazine art director Michael Kronenberg to discuss graphic design, comic books, and boxing. Michael shares how he first started working with the FNF on the NOIR CITY e-mag and the process of designing each issue. The pair also discuss the NOIR CITY e-mag comics issue (Issue #15, Spring 2015) and comics in general, as well as the state of comic-book films behind and in front of the camera.The discussion concludes with the "sweet science," including the source for Michael's passion for boxing, boxing on film, and his new boxing e-magazine Ringside Seat. You can listen either on SoundCloud or on iTunes. Mobile users on Android can subscribe to the podcast using the RSS feed.


Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood Visits Sacramento

Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950 will make its final stop on its national tour at Sacramento's California Museum on May 16—Oct 15. Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the exhibit explores how the experiences of German-speaking exiles—many of them Jewish—shaped the classic films of Hollywood's Golden Age.

When the Nazis banned Jews from the German film industry in 1933, it launched an exodus of Europe's top talent. Over 800 movie professionals arrived in Los Angeles over the next fifteen years. Among them were directors Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder and Robert Siodmak and actors Marlene Dietrich, Paul Henreid, and Peter Lorre. The exhibit features over 60 portraits of these émigrés who made significant contributions to Hollywood filmmaking and the development of film noir in particular. The film noir section of the exhibit includes production stills and an original costume worn by Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945). In addition, original posters, storyboards, production stills and more from Scarlet Street (1945), directed by Fritz Lang; The Killers (1946), directed by Robert Siodmak; and Double Indemnity (1944) and Sunset Boulevard (1950), both directed by Billy Wilder, are included. For more information and related programming, visit the California Museum website.


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