Film Noir & Neo Noir News

MAY 30

FNF Co-presents Restored Norwegian Classic at the SFSFF

Pan - May 30 - SFSFF

The FNF is proud to be co-presenting Pan (Norway, 1922) at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 28-June 1 at the historic Castro Theatre. This brilliant film adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun's famous 1894 novel was actor Harald Schwenzen's directorial debut. Although he never directed another film, Pan—a simple story of overwhelming attraction—is so exquisitely rendered and psychologically astute it has secured Schwenzen's reputation in cinema history. Arri Film and TV Production in Munich restored the film using the camera negative and a safety dupe print made in the early 1960s. The epilogue, half of which was missing from the recently circulating print, was completely restored. Arri also reconstructed the film's tinting as well as intertitles missing from the restored footage. Conductor, composer, pianist, and violinist Guenter Buchwald will accompany the screening. The film screens once, on Saturday, May 30, 9:30 PM. The film is co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco, and MiDNiTES for MANiACS. Go here for more on the festival, including scheduling and ticket information.

NOIR CITY returns to Chicago on August 28 through September 3; Portland (OR) on September 18 through 20; Washington D.C. on October 17 through 29. The 2015 NOIR CITY: Kansas City date is soon to be announced.

FNF Teams with Flicker Alley To Bring Restorations Home

Too Late for TearsThe Film Noir Foundation will partner with Los Angeles-based Flicker Alley to bring several of its recent restorations to the home entertainment market. DVD editions of Woman on the Run (1950) and Too Late for Tears (1949) are expected to release before the year's end, complete with bonus extras produced by the FNF. "We chose to work with Flicker Alley," said FNF president Eddie Muller, "because of its commitment to producing high quality products with what other companies might consider 'marginal' titles. Plus, [Flicker Alley founder] Jeff Masino understood that value of letting us brand these titles as Film Noir Foundation discoveries." The release of more FNF titles will depend largely on the sales numbers of these first two discs. Repeat Performance (1947), High Tide (1947), and The Guilty (1947) are likely candidates for later release, as are some of the Argentine noir films recently resurrected by the FNF. Try and Get Me! (1950), the FNF's 2012 restoration, has reportedly been forthcoming from Olive Films for two years, but there's no word yet on an actual release date.

Don't Print the Legend

Goodis, A Life in Black and WhiteGun 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. It's no stretch to declare Gun Crazy one of the essential American films—as well as a cornerstone of the auteur theory that's dominated cinema discourse since the 1960s. Its larger-than-life reputation among cinephiles has mainly been based on the recollections—also larger-than-life—of its director, Joseph H. Lewis, whose intriguing yet surprisingly short career never again reached the level of this bona-fide classic.

In this thoroughly researched and vividly told tale, FNF President and NOIR CITY co-programmer Eddie Muller explodes many of the entrenched myths about Gun Crazy—and the auteur theory itself. He subverts the film's legend with the fascinating story of its actual creation, a six-year struggle that involved an array of exceptional collaborators. Packed with never-before-seen ephemera—original script pages (some never filmed), production notes, on-set photos—Gun Crazy: The Origin of American Outlaw Cinema is now available for sale online exclusively from Black Pool Productions.

Shining a Light on a Pulp
Fiction Enigma

Goodis, A Life in Black and WhiteIn the U.S., pulp fiction writer David Goodis is best known for—or perhaps only known for—his novel Dark Passage, thanks to the popular film adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Although the film brought its author great opportunities, his Hollywood screenwriting career would shortly fizzle out. He returned to his family home in Philadelphia, disappearing from the public eye—but launching a prodigious output of original pulp paperbacks which would earn him a huge reputation, especially in France, where his novels inspired many film adaptions, including François Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player. In America, however, Goodis never again regained the mainstream success he had with Dark Passage. In 1982, French journalist Philippe Garnier decided to plumb the mysterious depths that had seemingly swallowed the reclusive writer. The resulting book, Goodis: A Life in Black and White is now available for the first time in English. You can buy it directly from Black Pool Productions or at one of our NOIR CITY festivals.

FNF Receives $65K Grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

On Thursday night, August 14, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hosted their annual grant awards banquet at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton Hotel. For the second consecutive year, one of the grant recipients was the Film Noir Foundation —with actress and new FNF advisory council member Rose McGowan accepting on behalf of the Foundation and FNF promotional director Daryl Sparks in attendance. The $25,000 grant was immediately put to use, helping to complete restoration work on the FNF's latest film restoration project.

At the end of September, HFPA board member Yoram Kahana contacted the FNF to advise us that after additional consideration, HFPA had decided to increase the 2014 grant to the FNF by an additional $40,000! It seems that the grant proposal for Woman on the Run created by FNF Promotional Director Daryl Sparks was so impressive that HFPA president Theo Kingma— once he'd beheld for himself the detailed 47-page document — took the unprecedented step of funding the grant in full! And, on-stage opening night of NOIRCITY 13, HFPA's Yoram Kahana presented FNF president Eddie Muller with a plaque celebrating the restoration of Woman on the Run prior to the film's re-premiere. Quite the memorable restoration!

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FNF's Czar To Host TCM's "Summer of Darkness"

Summer of DarknessTurner Classic Movies has announced that FNF president Eddie Muller will be hosting the network's "Summer of Darkness" this June and July. During those months TCM will dedicate 24 hours each Friday to a lineup comprised exclusively of film noir. Muller will present four movies each night during prime-time, 36 films in all, as host of TCM's "Friday Night Spotlight." In addition to serving as on-air host, the "Czar of Noir" also chose the films he'll be presenting.

"I'm grateful to TCM for the chance to share my passion for these films," Muller said. "And I'm pleased that they let me throw in the occasional pitch for the Film Noir Foundation."

In fact, Muller will be hosting the TCM broadcast premieres of two FNF restorations, Woman on the Run (June 5) and Too Late for Tears (July 17). Some of his other selections include thematic groupings that focus on San Francisco, wartime noir, John Alton, the King Brothers, and much more.


The "Czar of Noir" Heads to the Big Apple

Victims of SinEddie Muller will appear Saturday afternoon, June 6, at Manhattan's legendary Film Forum to host the screening of Joseph H. Lewis' Gun Crazy (1950) and sign copies of his new book! FNF board member and film scholar Foster Hirsch will introduce Eddie. Eddie will also stick around to introduce the Mexican noir classic Victims of Sin (2014 NOIR CITY festival audience favorite), playing as part of a tribute to cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.

Meet Eddie and get a signed copy of his latest book, Gun Crazy: The Origin of American Outlaw Cinema. Packed with never-before-seen ephemera—original script pages (some never filmed), production notes, on-set photos—this thoroughly researched and vividly told tale explodes many of the entrenched myths about Gun Crazy as well as the auteur theory itself. Can't make the signing? The book is available for sale online from Black Pool Productions.

Spring Donation Drive
Winner Announced

The 101 Best Film Noir Posters by Mark FertigThe winner, in a random drawing, of the FNF's April NOIR CITY e-mag donation drive prize is John Winkler of Arlington, MA. For his donation, John receives a copy of Mark Fertig's poster book, The 101 Best Film Noir Posters of the 1940s and 1950s from Fantagraphics Books. Here's what director William Friedkin writes in the book's foreword:

"Mark Fertig...provides useful insight into the origins and characters of the films, and his plot summaries are tight, tough, and to the point -- like the films he celebrates and loves."

John will also receive a year's subscription to NOIR CITY e-magazine. You can subscribe to the e-mag at anytime here.

Woman on the Run, The Guilty Latest Lost Treasures Restored
by FNF

Woman on the Run - The Guilty, latest Film Noir Foundation restorations

A pair of seemingly lost films, Woman on the Run (1950) and The Guilty (1947), are the Film Noir Foundation's "rescues" for 2014. Both have been restored in brand new 35mm negatives; pristine prints of each will be presented to audiences on the NOIR CITY festival circuit in 2015. Woman on the Run is a unique noir love story, shot largely on location in San Francisco, with star Ann Sheridan serving as the film's unbilled executive producer. The film vanished from circulation after the termination of the independent production's distribution deal with Universal in the mid-1950s. + READ MORE.

AUG 20 - 23

Czech Noir

Czech Noir Film Festival 2015The Noir Film Festival returns August 20-23 to its unique home, Křivoklát Castle located in the Czech Republic. This regal setting should prove the perfect backdrop for the Gothic Noir series, one of eleven series that forms this year's programming. The festival's third incarnation also includes three separate series honoring noir legends Joan Crawford, John Garfield and Orson Welles. The HBO Projections and Czech/Czechoslovak Noirs Annual series, festival favorites, return this year. The Noir Parodies, Remakes and French Noir series will provide alternative views of the genre. Check out the official website for more information including how to follow their ongoing programming announcements via social media.


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