APRIL 28 - MAY 1
We are happy to announce that FNF president Eddie Muller will be presenting films again at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival, April 28 – May 1. Eddie will be introducing two FNF restorations, Los tallos amargos and Repeat Performance (1947). He will also be introducing Carl Reiner's comic valentine to film noir, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). The film features a series of clips from famous film noirs, intercut with new footage of a hardboiled detective (Steve Martin) and a possible femme fatale (Rachel Ward) to form a new and suitably convoluted noir plot. The film was the last project of both costume designer Edith Head and composer Miklós Rózsa. Eddie will also be introducing a series of critically acclaimed sports films, including John Huston's Fat City (1972), based on Leonard Gardner's 1969 gut wrenching novel about small hall boxing.
This year's overarching theme is Moving Pictures, focusing on the films that, "bring us to tears, rouse us to action, inspire us, even project us to a higher plane." These films range from Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) accompanied by a live orchestra and vocalists performing Richard Einhorn's oratorio Voices of Light, a piece specifically written for this purpose in 1994, to John Singleton's heartbreaking Boyz in the Hood (1991), a semi-autobiographical depiction of African-American youths struggling with gang violence in South Central L.A., with a soundtrack of rap songs by Run-D.M.C., 2 Live Crew and Ice Cube reflective of the characters' lives.
The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the winner of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant, Jana D. Gowan of UCLA, a Master of Library and Information Science/Media Archives Specialization student. Specifically, Gowan wants to pursue a career as a moving image archivist in film restoration and preservation at a regional film archive. Preserving the diverse history of rural communities by restoring locally relevant films is her passion.
Gowan attended NOIR CITY on Saturday night, January 30, for the grant announcement where she spoke on the Castro Theatre stage with FNF founder and president Eddie Muller. The Mysel family, the grant's benefactors, were in attendance as well. Gowan told the audience that the grant will enable her to accept two unpaid internships where she'll gain valuable experience without the worry of how to pay for her living expenses. She also revealed a more personal connection to the late Nancy Mysel. In addition to a shared passion for film restoration, Gowan volunteers at the hospice that assisted the Mysel family in caring for Nancy during her final days battling cancer.
Instructions for applying for 2017's FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant are already available! Students who applied this year, but were not selected, may apply for 2017's grant as long as they are in school. Applications for next year's grant are due December 14, 2016, and the winner will be announced at NOIR CITY 15 in January 2017. Visit our Grant page for details.
The Film Noir Foundation has partnered with Flicker Alley to bring two of its recent restorations to the home entertainment market. DVD/Blu-ray editions of Woman on the Run (1950) and Too Late for Tears (1949) will be released on April 12, complete with bonus extras produced by the FNF.
"We chose to work with Flicker Alley," said FNF president Eddie Muller, "because of their commitment to producing high-quality products with what other companies might consider 'marginal' titles. Plus, [Flicker Alley founder] Jeff Masino understood that value of letting us brand these titles as Film Noir Foundation discoveries."
The release of more FNF titles will depend largely on the sales numbers of these first two discs. Repeat Performance (1947), High Tide (1947), and The Guilty (1947) are likely candidates for later releases, as are some of the Argentine noir films recently resurrected by the FNF. Olive Films will release a Blu-ray edition of Try and Get Me! (1950), the FNF's 2012 restoration, on April 19, 2016.
Los tallos amargos (1956), a vitally significant "lost" film in the history of international noir cinema, has been restored this year by the Film Noir Foundation with the cooperation of UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust). Based on the novel by journalist Adolfo Jasca, Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems) tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck journalist whose creation of a lucrative, if unethical, correspondence course leads to his committing the perfect murder. Although he's never apprehended, guilt takes its ultimate toll. The film won the Silver Condor—the Argentine Film Critics Association award to the nation's best film in 1957, with Best Director honors going to Fernando Ayala. Forty-three years later, in 2000, American Cinematographer magazine placed the film at #49 on its list of the "Best Photographed Films of All-Time." Despite these accolades, a 35mm print has not been available for decades, and the film is virtually unknown outside Argentina. With the FNF's restoration, including for the first time English subtitles, Los tallos amargos will be returned to its rightful place in cinema history.
The 35mm restoration of Los tallos amargos made its North American premiere at NOIR CITY 14 in San Francisco on Saturday night, January 23, 2016. The film will be featured at our satellite festivals throughout the year. You can read the full story of the film's restoration in the current issue of NOIR CITY e-magazine.
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On Thursday night, August 13, 2015, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hosted their annual grant awards banquet at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel. For the third consecutive year, one of the grant recipients was the Film Noir Foundation — with English actor Jason Issacs accepting on behalf of the Foundation and FNF promotional director Daryl Sparks in attendance. The $25,000 grant was immediately put to use, helping to complete restoration work on the FNF's latest film restoration project the classic Argentianin noir Los tallos amargos (1956), premiering at San Francisco's NOIR CITY 14 in January 2016!
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NOIR CITY: Hollywood returns to the historic Egyptian Theatre April 15-24! NOIR CITY: Opening Night will feature the FNF's lauded restoration of the 1956 Argentine noir Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems) on a double bill with the evocative 1947 RKO noir Riff-Raff and a meet-and-greet reception (with an Argentine flavor!) for all ticket buyers taking place between the films. The Vintage Coppers are back with their police cars to keep the crowd in line while everyone enjoys music, Argentine wine, empanadas, and dulce de leche cookies!
This year's festival also boasts an assortment of brand new 35mm prints of some scarce Hollywood films we've NEVER shown before, struck by Universal Studios. FNF president Eddie Muller and FNF board member Alan K. Rode will alternate leading attendees through this dark miasma of film noir. For the double feature of Deception and Hollow Triumph on April 23, Paul Henreid's daughter, Monika Henreid, will join Eddie for a discussion of her dad's work in both films. And on the closing day, April 24, the FNF and its media publishing partner Flicker Alley will host a reception celebrating the Blu-ray/DVD releases of two FNF 35mm restorations—Too Late for Tears (1949) and Woman on the Run (1950)—with early copies of both dual-format deluxe editions available for purchase—and an encore screening (in 35mm) of Too Late for Tears!
2016 NOIR CITY DATES
NOIR CITY Austin: May 20-22
NOIR CITY Seattle: July 22-28
NOIR CITY Chicago: August 19-25
NOIR CITY Detroit: September 23-25
APRIL 6 - MAY 4
I Wake Up Dreaming kicks off a second series of Noir Classico at the California Theatre in Berkeley on April 6. A double bill of 10 films noir, curated by esteemed East Bay programmer Elliot Lavine, will play every Wednesday night through May 4. Lavine has paired up an A film with B film for each evening, echoing the programming of the era and allowing viewers a chance to gain a fuller sense of the genre. The films range from well-known classics like Fritz Lang's quintessential noir, Scarlet Street (1945) to lesser known but equally well-crafted films like Anthony Mann's Raw Deal (1948), shot by the greatest cinematographer of the genre, John Alton. Alton also shot Robert Florey's The Crooked Way (1949), an outstanding example of amnesia noir, starring John Payne which also plays during the fest. Check out the full schedule here.
The French Had a Name for It co-programmer Donald Malcom steps out of the shadows of film noir, and out on his own, for the film series Midcentury Eclectic, playing May 13-16 at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre. He's culled 12 arthouse classics from 1944-1965, an era in which distribution, production and mores changed radically. The festival opens very strongly, and very darkly, with Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados (1950), a devastating contemporary portrait of the street kids of Mexico City that managed to anger both the right and the left.
Noir fans also won't want to miss The Bad Seed, the chilling story of a murderous sociopath who happens to be an adorable blonde girl, aged eight. The star, Patty McCormack will appear in person after the screening on Sunday, May 15, 6:00 p.m. Guest curator, noted author/historian, and FNF board member, Foster Hirsch, will interview her. If you're planning to attend the whole series, purchase your pass ahead of time online for a discount.
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