NOIR CITY: AUSTIN returns to the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz May 17-19 with a series of ten fantastic films made in and outside of the Hollywood studio system. FNF prez Eddie Muller will take audiences on a deep dive into a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema––the 1950s. This year's program offers viewers a slate of films that tracked noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation. The festival will open with the FNF's latest 35mm restoration, Richard Fleischer's Trapped—a 1949 noir from short-lived Eagle-Lion Films, starring Lloyd Bridges and scandal-plagued starlet Barbara Payton. From there, the series moves from the 1952 studio classic The Turning Point through to the independently produced Blast of Silence (1961) with stops along the way that include films directed by Sam Fuller and Stanley Kubrick as well as one written, produced, and starring Ida Lupino.
NOIR CITY Austin: May 17-19, 2019
NOIR CITY Boston: June 7-9, 2019
NOIR CITY Chicago: Sep 6-12, 2019
NOIR CITY Detroit: Sep 20-22, 2019
NOIR CITY D.C.: Oct 11-21, 2019
NOIR CITY Xmas (San Francisco): Dec 18, 2019
NOIR CITY 18 (San Francisco): Jan 24-Feb 2, 2020
Prefer streaming to cable? Not sure where to go now that FilmStruck is gone? We got you covered! Check out the newest edition to our website, I Wake Up Streaming—a monthly classic noir streaming column written by critic Sean Axmaker. Sean is here to guide you through the labyrinth of streaming services and lead you to the best classic film noirs available. He already regularly contributes to the FNF's NOIR CITY e-magazine as well as the NOIR NOW PLAYING section of our website. Sean also writes the syndicated newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website.
The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF-Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant: Janine Winfree of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation/George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. The 2019 grant announcement was made on Saturday night, February 2, at NOIR CITY 17 by festival host Eddie Muller, with a heart-felt acceptance video by Ms. Winfree screened for the appreciative San Francisco audience.
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 FNF is accepting applications for next year's grant now through December 13, 2019. Visit our grant page for details.
Trapped, a 1949 film noir produced by short-lived Eagle-Lion Pictures, is the latest restoration project of the Film Noir Foundation. The restored film had its world premiere in San Francisco on Friday, January 25, kicking off the 17th annual NOIR CITY festival, at the Castro Theatre. The preservation has been accomplished through the long-standing partnership of the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive. Additional funding assistance for Trapped was provided through a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust.
One of the first and best B-features by future Hollywood A-list director Richard Fleischer, Trapped is one of the few Fleischer films yet to be resurrected from this fertile yet neglected period of the director's career. Eagle-Lion films did not have the archival protection of a major studio and many of its original 35mm features have been dispersed to parts unknown. After a long and nearly fruitless search for restoration elements, UCLA motion picture archivist and FNF advisory council member Todd Wiener discovered that a private collector in New York had deposited a 35mm print of Trapped at the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The FNF paid a nominal fee to arrange loan of the print to UCLA Film & Television Archive for the restoration.
The 35mm restoration of Trapped will be screened nationally as part of the FNF's NOIR CITY film festival programs in 2019, as well as being eventually released on Blu-ray and DVD through the FNF's partnership with Flicker Alley, which to date has distributed its restored versions of Woman on the Run (1950), Too Late for Tears (1949), and The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950). Other titles in the Blu-ray pipeline include restorations of Repeat Performance (1947) and the Argentine noir Los tallos amargos / The Bitter Stems (1956).
You can read the full story of the film's restoration in the current issue of NOIR CITY e-magazine. Subscribe today to get your copy. Your dollars will go towards the FNF's restoration efforts.
East Bay Express chief film reviewer Kelly Vance joins NOIR TALK producer/host Haggai Elitzur to chat about our website's newly added "Now Playing" area, a guide to noir-tinged movie and streaming news. (You can also enjoy Kelly's films reviews in NOIR CITY e-magazine.)
The pair also discuss a number of recent classic film noir releases on Blu-ray from specialty outlets like KL Studio Classics, Olive Films, VCI, ClassicFlix, Cohen Film Collection, Twilight Time, and Warner Archive. Flicker Alley's fully loaded dual Blu-ray/DVD editions of the FNF-funded restorations of Too Late for Tears (1949) and Woman on the Run (1950) as well as their upcoming release of our latest restoration project, The Man who Cheated Himself (1950) are included in the conversation.You can listen either on SoundCloud or on iTunes.
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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FNF founder and president Eddie Muller will introduce Joseph H. Lewis' Gun Crazy (1950), the first of five film noirs playing on consecutive Wednesday nights at Sacramento's historic Tower Theatre, May 1-29. A Q&A with Muller will follow the May 1 screening at 7 pm. In this legendary noir, a gun-obsessed reform school graduate (John Dall) meets the girl of his dreams, a circus sharp shooter (Peggy Cummins). They get married in a fever, but she gets fed up living without the finer things of life. The two go on a crime spree, but her blood lust has fatal consequences. Muller wrote the book on this influential, independently produced film noir––Gun Crazy: The Origin of American Outlaw Cinema. He will be signing copies of the book before the film and after the Q&A. The Tower Theatre will also be screening four studio classics during the "Film Noir Wednesdays in May" series: Mildred Pierce, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and The Lady from Shanghai. Tickets and showtimes are available on the cinema's website.
We are proud to announce that the FNF will be co-presenting two films this year at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 1-5, at the historic Castro Theatre. First, Karel Anton's Tonka of the Gallows (1930) plays at noon on Friday, May 3, accompanied live by Stephen Horne and introduced by Eddie Muller.This rarely seen gem from the archives of the Czech Republic fuses German chiaroscuro aesthetics (which later informed the look of classic noir) with the Soviet flare for surprising angles for this affective parable of the cruelty that comes from small-mindedness. At the center of an international cast is the Slovenian ingénue with the haunting eyes, Ita Rina, as a prostitute whose selfless act of spending the night with a condemned man makes her a pariah throughout all Prague. Print courtesy of Národní filmový archiv, Prague.
Our second co-presentation, Sir Arne's Treasure (1919) plays at 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 5, with musical accompaniment from the Matti Bye Ensemble. The film is helmed by one of the great directors of the silent era, Mauritz Stiller, and is adapted from Nobel prize-winning author Selma Lagerlöf's novel of murder and revenge, set against a bitter Nordic winter in the 16th century. Restoration by the Swedish Film Institute. The screening will be introduced by the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco and philanthropist Barbro Osher. Tickets for individual screenings, full series passes, and the full festival schedule can be found on the SFSFF website.
The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary May 9-12 at Palm Spring's Camelot Theatre with a mix of celebrated noirs and hidden gems awaiting discovery. The festival opens with Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955), with special guest Kathy Garver. A reception follows the screening. Three other critically celebrated noirs will also screen: Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), Stuart Heisler's The Glass Key (1942), and Michael Curtiz's Mildred Pierce (1945).
A brand-new 35mm print of Curtiz's The Scarlet Hour (1956) will also be featured. Nearing the end of his legendary directing career, Curtiz produced and directed this intricately plotted thriller. The film is one of three being screened that are not available on DVD, Blu-ray, or streaming. The other two are John Farrow's Calcutta (1947) and Joseph Pevney's Shakedown (1950). The FNF-funded restoration of Richard Fleischer's Trapped (1949) will screen on Saturday, May 11 at 10 am. Festival host-producer and FNF board member Alan K. Rode will introduce the films this year with author-historian and fellow FNF board member Foster Hirsch and actress-singer Victoria Mature. The full line-up, series passes, and tickets are available on the festival's website.
On May 10-13, Midcentury Productions' THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 5½ expands the French series' focus from the classic noir period of previous incarnations to present 13 features and one short film produced from the 1930s to the 1960s. As usual, attendees will see films rarely if ever screened in the U.S. but featuring familiar talents: Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, Costa-Gavras, and Henri-Georges Clouzot behind the camera and Simone Signoret, Louis Jouvet, Yves Montand, Maria Montez, Lino Ventura, Fernandel, Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan in front of it. The series also includes films adapted from two great crime writers, Georges Simeon and Cornell Woolrich. Simeon's greatest creation, Maigret is featured in three films and portrayed by three different actors, Renoir's La nuit du carrefour (1932) with Pierre Renoir, Duvivier's La tête d'un homme (1933) with Harry Baur, and Jean Delannoy's Maigret tend un piège (1958) with Jean Gabin. Michèle Morgan's stars in Jean Delannoy's Obsession (1954), based on Cornell Woolrich's short story Silent as the Grave.The full line-up and tickets are available on the Midcentury site.
When the Criterion Channel launches on April 8, the new streaming service will feature eleven film noirs from Columbia studios. The collection includes two films helmed by Fritz Lang and starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame, The Big Heat (1953) and Human Desire (1945). Two David Goodis' adaptations will also be featured, Paul Wendkos' 1957 adaptation of Goodis' tragic crime novel The Burglar featuring one of Dan Duryea's richest performances and Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall (1957). My Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945); So Dark the Night (Joseph H. Lewis, 1946); Drive a Crooked Road (Richard Quine, 1954); Pushover (Richard Quine, 1954); The Lineup (Don Siegel, 1958); Murder by Contract (Irving Lerner, 1958); Experiment in Terror (Blake Edwards, 1962) comprise the rest of the Columbia noirs.
As well as films, the site will include special materials relating to them including an introductory interview for the Columbia films with freelance film reviewer and Self- Styled Siren blogger Farran Smith Nehme and Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City and a regular NOIR CITY e-magazine contributor.
Noir Essentials is returning to the to the Dipson Theater's Eastern Hills Cinema with five classic noirs in which transit plays a key role in the story. Noir Essentials: Departures screens on consecutive Wednesdays from March 20 through July 10. The series kicks off with Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951) in which two men's chance meeting on a train leads to murder. The line-up also includes Michael Curtiz's The Breaking Point (1950) on April 17th (boat); Carol Reed's Odd Man Out (1947) on May 15th (ship); Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai (1947) on June 12th (hansom cab and yacht); and Frank Borzage's Moonrise (1948) on July 10th (car). Alex Weinstein will return this season to introduce all the films. Tickets are available in advance on the Dipson's website or at the box office on the day of the show.
Contributors include syndicated newspaper columnist Sean Axmaker; the East Bay Express' chief film reviewer Kelly Vance and Nathalie Atkinson, a columnist for The Globe and Mail and the creator and host of the popular film series Designing the Movies.
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