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.
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.
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.
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
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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We are happy to announce the winner of our most recent FNF donation drive! Lauren Scott from Menlo Park won a factory-sealed copy of the TCM Vault Collection's Dark Crimes - Film Noir Thrillers, Volume 2. The DVD set comprises two Fritz Lang films, You and Me (1938) and Ministry of Fear (1944), and two by William Castle, Undertow (1949) and Hollywood Story (1951). The extras include an essay penned by FNF president Eddie Muller. Everyone who donates $20 or more to the FNF always receives a year's subscription to the quarterly NOIR CITY e-magazine. To have our exceptional stories and graphics delivered directly to your inbox, you'll need to both add your name to our mailing list and then make a donation of $20 or more to the FNF. Best of all, your donations directly support the FNF's restoration efforts. Our next issue will be released on October 1 and will feature lavishly illustrated essays on Western Noir, William Castle, Mike Mazurki, great heist films, noir vixens of recent vintage, and much more.
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.
The Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles salutes two celebrated noirs directed by two of Hollywood's legendary directors on their anniversaries. Otto Preminger's Laura (1944) and Raoul Walsh's White Heat (1949) will screen on Monday, September 29. In the former, dedicated detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the death of the beautiful Laura (Gene Tierney), brutally gunned down at the door of her flat. As he interviews her friends and lovers, a complicated portrait of her emerges and he finds himself falling for the deceased girl. Clifton Webb and Vincent Price give outstanding performances as two bickering rivals for Laura's affections. In the latter, a G-man (Edmond O'Brien) infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic, James Cagney in a stand out performance. Heat repudiates the traditional somewhat romanticized Warner Brothers' portrayal of the gangster to the cynical and interpretation that would come to dominate film noir. In between screenings the film historian and FNF board member Alan K. Rode will discuss the films with the audience. Visit the Landmark Theatre for more details and to buy tickets.
San Francisco's Castro Theatre honors newspaperman-turned-soldier-turned-writer/director Sam Fuller with a screening of his daughter Samantha's documentary on her father's fascinating life—and a double feature of his films on Sunday, September 28. A Fuller Life (2003) takes an affectionate look at the filmmaker's career path through interviews with colleagues and admirers, including Wim Wenders and William Friedkin, as well as with clips from his films. Fuller's indelible Cold War noir Pickup on South Street (1953) and his personal favorite among his films, the period newspaper yarn Park Row (1952) will also screen. The former revolves around an amoral sneak thief (Richard Widmark) who steals a roll of microfilm and finds himself in the crossfire between the Feds and the Commies. Thelma Ritter steals the show in an Oscar-nominated performance as his friend, a small-time grifter trying to make enough dough for her dream funeral. Park Row is a tale of an independent tabloid owner/editor (Gene Evans) warding off a hostile takeover in 1880s New York City; it draws on Fuller's own experiences as a personal copy boy for legendary New York Journal editor Arthur Brisbane. For show times and ticket information, visit the Castro'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, January 16–25, 2015.
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