NOIR CITY: Austin returns to its home at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz May 20-22 with a one-two punch of justly famous noirs and lesser known gems awaiting discovery. Each of the seven screening features a double bill of 1940s films. FNF president Eddie Muller will be on hand throughout the entire festival to guide Austin's denizens down the blind alleys of NOIR CITY. View the festival trailer.
The festival kicks off with This Gun for Hire, notable for the first pairing of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, followed by Robert Siodmak's remarkable early B-feature Fly-By-Night. One of the highlights of the weekend long festival is Saturday's screening of Julien Duvivier's anthology Flesh and Fantasy featuring an all-star cast, including noir favorites Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. The rarely screened Desire follows, originally shot as the first of the stories in the anthology, it was cut for running time and then developed into a standalone feature. Universal Studios is providing 35mm archival prints of both films and neither is available on DVD or Blu-ray. Visit the Alamo's website for the full schedule and to buy tickets.
2016 NOIR CITY DATES
NOIR CITY Austin: May 20-22
NOIR CITY Seattle: July 22-28
NOIR CITY Chicago: August 19-25
NOIR CITY Detroit: September 23-25
The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the winner of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant, Jana D. Gowan of UCLA, a Master of Library and Information Science/Media Archives Specialization student. Specifically, Gowan wants to pursue a career as a moving image archivist in film restoration and preservation at a regional film archive. Preserving the diverse history of rural communities by restoring locally relevant films is her passion.
Gowan attended NOIR CITY on Saturday night, January 30, for the grant announcement where she spoke on the Castro Theatre stage with FNF founder and president Eddie Muller. The Mysel family, the grant's benefactors, were in attendance as well. Gowan told the audience that the grant will enable her to accept two unpaid internships where she'll gain valuable experience without the worry of how to pay for her living expenses. She also revealed a more personal connection to the late Nancy Mysel. In addition to a shared passion for film restoration, Gowan volunteers at the hospice that assisted the Mysel family in caring for Nancy during her final days battling cancer.
Instructions for applying for 2017's FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant are already available! Students who applied this year, but were not selected, may apply for 2017's grant as long as they are in school. Applications for next year's grant are due December 14, 2016, and the winner will be announced at NOIR CITY 15 in January 2017. Visit our Grant page for details.
The Film Noir Foundation has partnered with Flicker Alley to bring two of its recent restorations to the home entertainment market. DVD/Blu-ray editions of Woman on the Run (1950) and Too Late for Tears (1949) will be released on April 12, complete with bonus extras produced by the FNF.
"We chose to work with Flicker Alley," said FNF president Eddie Muller, "because of their 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 releases, as are some of the Argentine noir films recently resurrected by the FNF. Olive Films will release a Blu-ray edition of Try and Get Me! (1950), the FNF's 2012 restoration, on April 19, 2016.
Los tallos amargos (1956), a vitally significant "lost" film in the history of international noir cinema, has been restored this year by the Film Noir Foundation with the cooperation of UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust). Based on the novel by journalist Adolfo Jasca, Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems) tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck journalist whose creation of a lucrative, if unethical, correspondence course leads to his committing the perfect murder. Although he's never apprehended, guilt takes its ultimate toll. The film won the Silver Condor—the Argentine Film Critics Association award to the nation's best film in 1957, with Best Director honors going to Fernando Ayala. Forty-three years later, in 2000, American Cinematographer magazine placed the film at #49 on its list of the "Best Photographed Films of All-Time." Despite these accolades, a 35mm print has not been available for decades, and the film is virtually unknown outside Argentina. With the FNF's restoration, including for the first time English subtitles, Los tallos amargos will be returned to its rightful place in cinema history.
The 35mm restoration of Los tallos amargos made its North American premiere at NOIR CITY 14 in San Francisco on Saturday night, January 23, 2016. The film will be featured at our satellite festivals throughout the year. You can read the full story of the film's restoration in the current issue of NOIR CITY e-magazine.
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. + READ MORE.
You're the ones who make it possible for us to save and restore films like the classic Argentinian film noir Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems), making its North American debut at NOIR CITY 14. Do it for the love of noir—but also enjoy the thank-you gifts. Everyone who makes a (tax-deductible) donation of $20 or more and signs up on our mailing list receives our NOIR CITY e-magazine! The FNF would like to thank the following companies for including us in their Matching Donation Programs: Microsoft, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Salesforce.com Foundation, Charles Schwab, Levi Strauss & Co., Merck, and Google. If you are an employee of any of these companies and would like to contribute to the FNF, please make your contribution through your company's Matching Donation program. If you are not employed by one of these companies, and are interested in having your company match your donation, please contact the administrator of your company's Matching Donation program. Donate here and be a film noir savior!
This year, the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival will feature an eclectic line-up of noir classics and rarities. The 17th edition of the annual desert fest, running May 12-15 at Palm Springs' Camelot Theatres, will feature the premiere of a pair of long-awaited restorations. "In addition to opening the festival with the first screening of the digitally restored Sudden Fear (1952), we'll be presenting a newly restored print of The Accused (1949) from the Library of Congress," said producer-host Alan K. Rode who returns for his ninth year at the festival helm.
2016 is a year of femmes fatales highlighted by Joan Crawford (Sudden Fear), Rita Hayworth (Gilda), and Marilyn Monroe (Niagara), but according to Rode, there is a lot more: "We've really mixed in some of the classics with lesser known, but eminently worthy films including Outside the Wall (1950), Fly-by-Night (1942), and The Hunted (1948). The festival's tradition of guest stars continues with Claude Jarman, Jr. for Intruder in the Dust (1949), Ann Robinson with Dragnet (1954), and acclaimed biographer James Curtis scheduled to appear. Curtis, who recently authored William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come, will sign his book and talk on stage after a screening of Reign of Terror (1949) at 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.
Rode will be joined by FNF prez Eddie Muller and FNF board member Foster Hirsch for the four-day festival that has become a major Southern California cultural event. All-Access passes and individual tickets are available online.
The French Had a Name for It co-programmer Donald Malcom steps out of the shadows of film noir, and out on his own, for the film series Midcentury Eclectic, playing May 13-16 at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre. He's culled 12 arthouse classics from 1944-1965, an era in which distribution, production and mores changed radically. The festival opens very strongly, and very darkly, with Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados (1950), a devastating contemporary portrait of the street kids of Mexico City that managed to anger both the right and the left.
Noir fans also won't want to miss The Bad Seed, the chilling story of a murderous sociopath who happens to be an adorable blonde girl, aged eight. The star, Patty McCormack will appear in person after the screening on Sunday, May 15, 6:00 p.m. Guest curator, noted author/historian, and FNF board member, Foster Hirsch, will interview her. If you're planning to attend the whole series, purchase your pass ahead of time online for a discount.
APRIL 6 - MAY 4
I Wake Up Dreaming kicks off a second series of Noir Classico at the California Theatre in Berkeley on April 6. A double bill of 10 films noir, curated by esteemed East Bay programmer Elliot Lavine, will play every Wednesday night through May 4. Lavine has paired up an A film with B film for each evening, echoing the programming of the era and allowing viewers a chance to gain a fuller sense of the genre. The films range from well-known classics like Fritz Lang's quintessential noir, Scarlet Street (1945) to lesser known but equally well-crafted films like Anthony Mann's Raw Deal (1948), shot by the greatest cinematographer of the genre, John Alton. Alton also shot Robert Florey's The Crooked Way (1949), an outstanding example of amnesia noir, starring John Payne which also plays during the fest. Check out the full schedule here.
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