NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD returns to the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre March 24- April 2 to take audiences on a trip back in time with a program replicating the movie-going experience of the classic noir era, ten double bills, each featuring a major studio "A" paired with a shorter "B" movie. The "A" films in the series include Fritz Lang's masterpiece of The Big Heat and the first cinematic pairing of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd, This Gun for Hire (1942). Otto Preminger's Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) reunites Laura co-stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in an even darker tale of love and crime. The film was shot by another Laura alumni, the great Joseph LaShelle, and will be presented at NOIR CITY in a stunning 35mm nitrate print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Programmers Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode and Gwen Deglise have also chosen to revive some of their favorite rarities from 18 years of noir festivals at the Egyptian and many never-before-screened obscurities. Among these gems waiting to be rediscovered is Caluctta (1947)—one of the long-missing titles on the noir résumé of the great John Farrow. Frequent co-stars Alan Ladd and William Bendix play cargo pilots seeking revenge when their best buddy dies under suspicious circumstances. Loretta Young represents the distaff side of crime in William Dieterle's The Accused (1948), presented in a restored 35mm print from the Library of Congress. Young stars as a buttoned-up college professor who finds herself on the wrong side of the law (and in the middle of a love triangle) after killing a sexually aggressive student in self-defense. The FNF's Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode will be your guides down the dark alleyways of classic Hollywood noir. The full schedule and program notes can be found on the American Cinematheque's website.
As if that weren't enough…NOIR CITY Hollywood will return to the Egyptian for a second outing this year, the later festival, tentatively scheduled for late June will present a variation on "The Big Knockover" program that played in San Francisco. We'll update you as plans for the second festival are announced.
The heist theme from San Francisco's NOIR CITY 15: The Big Knockover will be carried through in most of the NOIR CITY festivals scheduled around the U.S. in the coming months.This year's satellite festivals include Austin, May 19–21 (co-presented with the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz); Chicago, August 25 (co-presented with Chicago's Music Box Theatre); Detroit, September 22–24 (co-presented with the historic Redford Theatre); and Washington D.C., October 14–26 (co-presented with the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center) in Silver Spring, MD. FNF president Eddie Muller notes that the various festivals will not necessarily play the same lineup of titles.
Although this year's TCM Classic Film Festival's central theme is Make 'Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies, film noir will also be amply represented. TCM will be screening the FNF-funded 35mm preservation print of Cy Endfield's The Underworld Story (1950). The classic noir stars Dan Duryea as Mike Reese, an unethical journalist-turned-newspaper publisher who becomes involved in creating the news—and not just writing it—when there's a murder case involving another publisher (Herbert Marshall). As in previous years, TCMFF's screenings will include special introductions to provide context about each film. FNF president and TCM's Noir Alley host, Eddie Muller will introduce this screening.
Muller will be introducing two more classic noirs during the festival, John Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1941) and William Wyler's Detective Story (1951). Muller will interview actress Lee Grant prior to the latter film in which she made her big screen debut. The Czar of Noir will also introduce the gritty boxing drama Requiem for a Heavyweight as well as Preston Sturges' dark comedy Unfaithfully Yours. Muller will also share stories about his work for the FNF at the Club TCM event "Bring 'em Back Alive: Tales of Film Restorations."
CM will also be showcasing rarely screened nitrate films in order "to showcase the history of cinema and highlight the institutions that work hard to protect original nitrate prints for contemporary audiences to experience, including Academy Film Archive, George Eastman Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive." The line-up includes one of the finest noirs ever made, Otto Preminger's Laura (1944). Black Narcissus (1947), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and Lady in the Dark (1944) comprise the rest of the series. All the screenings will be at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. Visit the TCMFF website for the most up-to-date information on the festival, running April 6-9.
The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant —Robert Anen of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Robert is enrolled in NYU's graduate program to receive his Masters of Arts in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. The grant was announced Saturday night, January 28, at NOIR CITY 15 by festival host Eddie Muller, and an "acceptance" video by Mr. Anen was screened for the San Francisco audience.
Read about Robet Anen's lost film discovery in this NY Times article from October 2016: A Lost Snippet of Film History, Found in a Home Movie shot in 1964.
The 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 BlackPoolProductions.com.
Gun 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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We'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; participating in a live tweeting session through the @NoirAlley Twitter handle during the March 26 screening of Tension; diving into Noir Alley's Twitter and Facebook pages, which will feature a constantly refreshed collection of special content, including exclusive videos from Eddie Muller. View TCM's Noir Alley schedule.
We're excited to announce the premier of NOIR TALK, a new podcast devoted to discussing the Film Noir Foundation, produced and hosted by Haggai Elitzur, a longtime supporter of the Foundation and NOIR CITY. FNF president and founder Eddie Muller is the show's first guest. The inaugural episode includes a tribute to the late Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, a discussion of Muller's new TCM series Noir Alley, his scheduled appearance at the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival and the NOIR CITY ANNUAL 9, a compendium of articles from the 2016 issues of the FNF's NOIR CITY e-magazine. You can listen either on SoundCloud or on iTunes. Mobile users on Android can subscribe to the podcast using the RSS feed.
As part of their winter film series, the North Carolina Museum of Art will present a pair of classic films noir starring two of the biggest female stars from the golden age of Mexican cinema. Playing first on March 17 is Roberto Gavaldon's The Kneeling Goddess (La diosa arrodillada) from 1947. In this tale of doomed erotic desire, smoldering diva Maria Félix—known as "la devoradora de hombres" (the man-eater)—models for a sensuous nude statue, and her beauty ensnares a respectable man married to a delicate invalid. Roberto Gavaldon's The Other One (La otra) from 1946 follows on March 24. This film takes on another classic noir trope, the evil twin. Dolores del Rio, the first Latina actress to successfully crossover to Hollywood, eventually returned to her native Mexico for the meaty roles she could no longer land in Tinseltown like this one. She plays both a struggling working girl and the rich and heedless sister that obsesses her. Tickets are available at NCMA's website.
The fifth edition of Noir Film Festival in the Czech Republic will take place August 17–20, and includes a Humphrey Bogart retrospective, a series on trains in film noir, Mexican noir, and tributes to the film noir icons Lizabeth Scott and Robert Mitchum. The festival is 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. Announced films include Raoul Walsh's High Sierra (1941), Charles David's Lady on a Train (1945), Anthony Mann's The Tall Target (1951), Richard Fleishcher's The Narrow Margin (1952) and Fritz Lang's Human Desire (1954). The complete program will be announced June 24 on the festival's official website.
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