The International Edition of NOIR CITY makes its next stop at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, October 18-30. Patrons will get a chance to see firsthand, on the big screen, that film noir crossed all borders in its golden age. Films include the familiar, like Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949) and John Boulting's Brighton Rock (1947) both written by Graham Greene, as well as Jules Dassin's classic Parisian heist film Rififi (1955). Rarities will also be screened, such as Germany's grim post-war look at Berlin in The Murderers Are Among Us (1946) and the Argentinean noir El vampiro negro (1953) which screened in the U.S. for the first time ever at this year's NOIR CITY flagship festival in San Francisco. The 21-film series will also comprise American films, including the Film Noir Foundation's five-years-in-the-making restoration of Too Late for Tears (1949) starring noir icons Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea. On the lighter side there's Hollywood's campy take on the Far East with Josef von Sternberg's Macao (1952) starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, as well as smuggler Fred MacMurray searching for a valuable string of pearls and his amnesiac girlfriend Ava Gardner in Singapore (1947). FNF board of directors members Foster Hirsch and Alan K. Rode will introduce selected shows each weekend. Ticket information and the full schedule are available on the AFI's website.
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. Following insistent prodding from festival programmers Eddie Muller and Anita Monga, a pristine 35mm print was discovered at Universal in 2002 and debuted at the first San Francisco NOIR CITY festival in 2003. Sadly, the lone U.S. 35mm print was destroyed in a 2008 fire that burned many films in the Universal vault. In 2013, the FNF discovered in the BFI archive original elements from the British release of the film; these served as the basis of the restoration. + READ MORE.
The Guilty is the second John Reinhardt-directed film to be restored by the FNF, following in the wake of High Tide (1948), restored in 2013. The 71-minute B feature was the first film produced by Texas oil magnate Jack Wrather, and like High Tide was distributed by Monogram Pictures. It's based on the Cornell Woolrich short story, "Two Men in a Furnished Room" ."The Woolrich connection gives the film cachet," said Eddie Muller, "and it might just be the best of the low-budget Hollywood adaptations of his work. The modest production values enhance the seediness of the story. A desolate, late-night Woolrich vibe saturates the film. I'm thrilled we could rescue this one."
The restorations have been fully funded by the FNF, with elements supplied by the British Film Institute and project management provided by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. A recent grant of $25,000 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association accounted for almost a third of Woman's restoration budget. The endowment was accepted by FNF advisory council member Rose McGowan at the HFPA's annual Grants Banquet on August 14. The majority of restoration funding, however, is provided by FNF donors, and ticket sales from the annual NOIR CITY festival in San Francisco. You can help us keep restoring classic films noir by donating to the FNF.↑ COLLAPSE
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.
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The winner of the Fall NOIR CITY E-mag subscription drive is first-time donor, BARRY MANO from Union Gove, Wisconsin. Barry, who contributed $50 to the cause, wins the Warner Archive Collection Out of the Past Blu-ray as the drive's 17th new donor.
OCT 22 - MAR 1
The Skirball Cultural Center pays homage to the actors, directors, writers, and composers who fled Nazi persecution in Europe with Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950, running October 23 through March 1. The exhibition explores the impact on American cinema and culture of film directors such as Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, and Billy Wilder, who made their way to California and shaped the look of Hollywood's "Golden Age." Different genres in which the exiles and émigrés were especially productive—the exile film, the anti-Nazi film, film noir, and comedy— are addressed through a never-before assembled selection of film footage, drawings, costumes, posters, photographs, and memorabilia, including numerous objects from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library.
Complementing the Light & Noir exhibition is The Noir Effect which considers how film noir gave rise to major trends in contemporary American popular culture, art, and media. Exploring key noir elements such as the city, the femme fatale, the antihero, and moral codes, The Noir Effect considers how the noir phenomenon has found creative and pervasive expression in American society and culture. Go here for details.
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.
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, Jan. 16–25, 2015.
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