Film Noir & Neo Noir News


NOIR CITY Returns to Rain City

The Film Noir Foundation will be partnering with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, Colorado, to present the first NOIR CITY: Denver, March 23 - 25, a three-day festival featuring ten films. FNF founder and president Eddie Muller will have a special co-host at this festival — legendary crime fiction author (and FNF Advisory Council member) James Ellroy, who will co-program the festival with the Czar of Noir. The schedule for NOIR CITY: Denver is being finalized now, and will be announced on the Alamo's website soon.


NOIR CITY Denver: March 23-25, 2018
NOIR CITY Hollywood: April 13-22, 2018
NOIR CITY Austin: May 18-20, 2018
NOIR CITY Boston: June 8-10, 2018
NOIR CITY Chicago :August 17-23, 2018

*2018 dates for NOIR CITY Detroit and Washington D.C. TBD

Latest FNF Rescue: The Man Who Cheated Himself

The Man Who Cheated Himself

The Man Who Cheated Himself, an independently made noir thriller from 1950, is the latest preservation project of the Film Noir Foundation. The restored film had its world premiere in San Francisco at NOIR CITY 16 in January, fittingly as the film was shot in location in the City by the Bay. The Felix Feist-directed feature, which concerns a cop entangled with a cunning socialite who murders her husband, will play the NOIR CITY festival circuit throughout 2018.

20th Century–Fox, the film's original distributor, provided an original fine-grain from its vault as the essential restoration element, and UCLA's Head of Restoration, Scott Mac-Queen, oversaw the project—which for the first time includes restoration of the film's original trailer, as well. The Felix Feist-directed feature, which concerns a cop entangled with a cunning socialite who murders her husband, will play the NOIR CITY circuit in 2018.

A June 23 screening of the film on TCM's Noir Alley hosted by Muller, will be followed by Flicker Alley's release of the film on Blu-ray, with special features produced by the FNF. In addition to The Man Who Cheated Himself, NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors have made it possible over the years for the FNF to restore Los tallos amargos (1956), Cry Danger (1951), The Prowler (1951), Try and Get Me! (1951), Repeat Performance (1947), High Tide (1947), Too Late for Tears (1949), The Guilty (1947) and Woman on the Run (1950), as well as funding our many 35mm preservations. DONATE HERE and be a film noir savior.

The 2018 Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant Winner Announced

The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant—Shahed Dowlatshahi of New York University - Masters of Arts in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program.

A few words from Shahed, who will receive his MIAP Masters this May: "…I have felt compelled to help save what is at risk of being irrevocably lost. In an environment where the primary motivation for preservation – be it a plant, animal, or piece of communal heritage – comes from potential economic benefits, it is increasingly necessary to highlight alternative priorities and find other avenues of funding to continue the preservation of what otherwise might perish. The importance and value of programs such as the (FNF) Nancy Mysel Grant award, the National Film Preservation Foundation, and the countless other philanthropic institutions in various fields, that enable the preservation of life, culture, art, and history for their intrinsic value and for the sake of future generations, is undeniable and irreplaceable."

The FNF's charitable grant, funded by the Mysel family in honor of the late film preservationist Nancy Mysel who supervised FNF restorations of The Prowler and Cry Danger, grants funding to students enrolled in film restoration and preservation studies. The 2018 grant announcement was made Saturday night, February 3, at NOIR CITY 16 by festival host Eddie Muller, with a heart-felt acceptance video by Mr. Dowlatshahi screened for the San Francisco audience. The numerous grant applications received this year were impressive! The FNF encourages all students who weren't selected to reapply this upcoming December for the $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant to be awarded in January 2019.

From the Collection of
Eddie Muller

Belgian NoirThe 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

Don't Print the Legend

Gun Crazy - Eddie MullerGun 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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BAMPFA Salutes Ida Lupino

Actress Ida Lupino moved from in front of the camera to behind it in 1949 when she partnered with her then husband Collier Young, to form The Filmakers, an independent film production company. Lupino became a director by necessity rather than desire when director Elmer Clifton suffered a mild heart attack and could not finish Not Wanted for Filmakers. She didn't take a screen credit for it, but she did go onto direct Never Fear for Filmakers. Lupino continued on as an actress, writer and producer as well as directing nine more films and a considerable number of TV shows during the next three decades. BAMPFA, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, is saluting Lupino's career as actress and auteur during the 40s and 50s with their series Ida Lupino: Hard, Fast, and Beautiful, running January 13–February 24. The series will include several noirs, including the Lupino helmed The Hitch-hiker (1953), the only film noir directed by a woman during the classic era. Visit the BAMPFA's website for full program information.

The American Dream Gone Wrong at the Roxie

Six double bills will explore the underbelly of American culture in the upcoming film series The Dark Side of the Dream: Subversive Cinema for Subversive Times: 1933 – 1964, playing Friday, March 23 – Monday, March 26 at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre. Not surprisingly, film noir plays a large part in the screenings. Cy Endfield's tale of economic disenfranchisement and mob violence Try and Get Me! (1951) opens the series. Saturday's matinée features two films by Joseph Losey, made prior to his fleeing to Europe to evade a HUAC subpoena: The Lawless (1950) and his remake of M (1951). Saturday night's women fight back double feature includes Sam Fuller's still shocking The Naked Kiss (1964). The series ends with a double feature honoring John Garfield whose career and life was shortened by the Hollywood Blacklist: Robert Rossen's Body & Soul (1947) and John Huston's rarely screened We Were Strangers (1949).

The series is co-produced by two Roxie favorites, Elliot Lavine (I Wake Up Dreaming) and Don Malcom (Midcentury Productions). Lavine and Malcom will be in attendance at the Roxie for all four nights of this series. Full series information, tickets and passes available on the Roxie's website.

Michael Curtiz Retrospective

Michael Curtiz - A Life in Film

In conjunction with his recently published biography, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, author and FNF board member Alan K. Rode has been hosting a retrospective of Curtiz' films co-programmed with UCLA Film & Television Archive. The series includes some of the prolific director's most renowned and seldom-shown titles. The final screening of the series on March 24 will be The Sea Wolf (1941), which has been restored to its original running time. In this gripping yarn based on a Jack London story, shipwrecked fugitives (John Garfield and Ida Lupino) try to escape a brutal sea captain who's losing his mind (Edward G. Robinson in a powerhouse performance). Individual tickets are now available for the Curtiz program online from UCLA Film & Television Archive.

She's a Femme Fatale

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Oscar winner Anette Benning is brining Gloria Grahame's last fling to the silver screen. Paul McGuigan's Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, based on Peter Turner's memoir, unfolds the tale of the much younger Turner's brief relationship with Grahame (Bening) and his time with her in the final days of her life when she was dying of cancer and turned to him and his family for help. Jamie Bell plays Turner an aspiring actor who met Grahame when they lived in the same boardinghouse. The film garnished positive reviews from its Telluride film festival screening and in the UK, where it has already screened. The Guardian praised the film, "The movie makes the right decision to focus on the humanity and compassion. It's a beguiling story and Bell and Bening are tremendous as the star-crossed lovers." The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 29, positioning Bening for an Oscar nomination and the buzz is that she'll earn one.


On Location from NOIR CITY 16 in San Francisco

NoirTalk podcastTo capture the excitement of NOIR CITY 16, NOIR TALK producer and host Haggai Elitzur recorded interviews at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco with numerous festival guests. The interviewees included folks involved in the festival: Ms. NOIR CITY 2018 Annabelle Zakaluk; the voice of NOIR CITY, announcer Bill Arney; and NOIR CITY art director Bill Selby. Elitzur also chatted with attendees from across the pond: Matthias Merkelbach from Stuttgart, Germany, who is also the creator of the largest European database for film noir and neo-noir, Der Film; and Greg Andrew who has travelled from England for NOIR CITY annually since 2013. Elitzur also sat down with Brian and Stacey Homan of Jacksonville, who have attend NOIR CITY every year since 2009; TCM Social Media Assistant Manager Marya Gates; and regular NOIR CITY e-magazine contributor and longtime NOIR CITY attendee Monica Nolan. You can listen either on SoundCloud or on iTunes.


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