AUG 29-SEP 4
NOIR CITY: CHICAGO kicks off Friday, August 29 at the Music Box Theatre, with the FNF's latest 35mm restoration, Too Late for Tears (1949). Rounding out the opening night bill of Los Angeles-based noirs is a newly struck 35mm print of the tough-as-nails Roadblock (1951), starring noir favorite Charles McGraw, provided by our friends at Warner Bros. Host Alan Rode will also be giving away copies of Warner Archive Collection DVDs to lucky winners during the Monday night screenings of Caged (1950) and Tension (1949). If you don't attend, you can't win.
Hollywood is only one stop on this year's globetrotting program. This year's festival explodes the long-held belief that noir stories and style are specifically American. The focus is on the immediate post-WWII years, spotlighting noirs from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, and Italy—including Death of a Cyclist (Spain, 1955), Ossessione (Italy, 1943), Pépé le Moko (France, 1937), Rififi (France, 1955), Two Men in Manhattan (France, 1959), Hardly a Criminal (Argentina, 1949), Drunken Angel (Japan, 1948) and Stray Dog (Japan, 1949)—and the first screening of a brand new English-subtitled 35mm print of El Vampiro Negro, the 1953 remake of Fritz Lang's M that wowed a San Francisco audience at NOIR CITY 12. FNF president Eddie Muller will be in to host the festival's final three nights! Visit the Music Box's website for the full schedule for this international edition of NOIR CITY: CHICAGO, running August 29-September 4.
NOIR CITY makes a triumphant return to Portland, OR September 19-21, 2014. We are delighted to be coming back to the vintage, and spectacularly refurbished, Hollywood Theatre. The three-day festival will feature ten films culled from some of the most popular NOIR CITY screenings of recent years. The festival kicks off with a double bill featuring two of noir's toughest icons: John Garfield in The Breaking Point (1950), an adaption of Ernest Hemmingway's novel To Have and Have Not and Humphrey Bogart in the newspaper noir Deadline U.S.A. Noir siren Ida Lupino's efforts behind the camera will be showcased with a screening of her suspenseful men in jeopardy film The Hitch-Hiker (1953) The festival will also highlight films restored by the FNF, funded largely by the generous support of our NOIR CITY festival patrons and FNF donors: Too Late for Tears (1949), The Prowler (1951) and Cry Danger (1951). "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller will be on hand to host the entire program. All screenings will be presented in 35mm. Visit the Hollywood Theatre for updates and ticketing information.
Actress Rose McGowan is the latest addition to the Film Noir Foundation's Advisory Council, joining such notables as James Ellroy, Leonard Maltin, Dennis Lehane, and Marsha Hunt. She became aware of the FNF's work after appearing with at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival with Eddie Muller, where the pair hosted Recrea session on vintage noir—imagining themselves the co-heads of RKO Radio Pictures in 1947, seeking to create the ultimate film noir. McGowan has appeared in such films as The Doom Generation (1995), Scream (1996), Jawbreaker (1999), Grindhouse (2007), and Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008), among many others. On television, she played Ann-Margret in the Emmy-winning Elvis (2005), costarred on the popular series Charmed (2001-06), and guest starred on the cable series Nip/Tuck (2009). She's also starred in the 2010 re-boot of Conan the Barbarian and the on-line series Chosen (2013). Recently, McGowan made her directorial debut with the short film, Dawn (2014), and she stars in the forthcoming feature adaptation of Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.
In 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 Phillip 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.
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 will immediately be put to use, helping to complete restoration work on the FNF's latest project. Details of this rescue and reclamation mission will be announced in the Fall issue of the NOIR CITY e-magazine, releasing October 1. Especially exciting is that this year's efforts have resulted in the restoration of two "orphaned" noir films, both of which will have their re-premieres at the upcoming NOIR CITY festival in San Francisco, January 16–25, 2015.
SEP 12 - OCT 5
Greed, lust, betrayal: That's what we call entertainments. PL.A.Y Noir hits the stage again with a collection of six short noir themed plays all with the City of Angels as a backdrop September 12– October 5, at North Hollywood's The Actor's Workout Studio. There'll be everything a noir love could ask for, private dicks, double crossing dames and their marks. Bedhseets by Anthony Donald Kochensparger, Dance with Danger by Travis Blue, Death Wears Fishnets by Brad Bolchunos, Infidelity Clause by Jim Shipley, Kitty of Sawbuck City by Laura King, and The Last Bullet by Charles Robertson comprise this year's offerings. For show times and ticket information visit Brown Paper Tickets. Punk Monkey Productions, producers of PL.A.Y recently premiered their first film noir, based on one of last year's featured plays, Speak No Evil at the Action on Film Festival on Sunday, August 24. We'll keep you posted about future screenings.
SEP 25-DEC 18
The oldest running film noir series in the U.S. returns to the Seattle Art Museum every Thursday night from September 25 through December 18, with two weeks off for good behavior around Thanksgiving. This year's nine-film-program Live by Night delves into film noir's twilight time and features the works of directors John Huston, Jacques Tourneur, Anthony Mann, and iconic noir cinematographer John Alton among others. Screenings comprise beloved genre classics like Huston's The Maltese Falcon, Tourneur's Out of the Past, Mann's Joseph Lewis' The Big Combo, the latter two shot by Alton. SAM will also present rarely screened gems waiting to be discovered anew like 711 Ocean Drive, Abandoned and Shakedown. David Mamet's critically lauded neo-noir House of Games crowns the series. Although they do sell single tickets at the door day of show, availability is extremely limited. For full program and ticketing information visit SAM's website.
When a pair of screen personas like Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea collides, the sparks will fly. Jane Palmer (Scott) and her husband Alan (Arthur Kennedy) mysteriously have $60,000 literally dropped in their laps. The circumstances look pretty suspicious and dangerous to Alan, who wants to turn the money over to the police. But in a materialistic rapture, Jane won't let it go. She doesn't care where it came from, not if it can bring her the luxuries she craves. Enter shady Danny Fuller (Duryea, as cocky and menacing as you've ever seen him) who claims the money belongs to him. Let the games begin—which means sex, deception and murder. + READ MORE
Roy Huggins' snappy script is a complex, breezy and black-hearted homage to Cain and Chandler, and his Jane Palmer is one of the juiciest female villains in Hollywood history, and Scott's best role ever.
Too Late for Tears has been underappreciated for decades mainly because it was almost impossible to see. Now it returns to the big screen in a completely restored 35mm print, the result of a five-year campaign by the Film Noir Foundation to rescue this nearly extinct gem. The restored print premiered during the opening weekend of NOIR CITY 12. More screenings of the restored noir continue at the 2014 NOIR CITY satellite festivals in Seattle, Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland (OR), and Washington D.C. ↑ COLLAPSE
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