Mark your calendars! NOIR CITY Hollywood returns to the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre, March 29-April 7. To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Los Angeles' longest running film noir festival, programmers Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode and Gwen Deglise have gone deep into the archives to present a sizzling slate of sinister cinema. The FNF's Muller and Rode will host the 10-night feast of danger, desire, and despair. Eddie Muller will introduce the screenings March 29-31 and April 5-7. Alan K. Rode will take the reins April 1-4.
NOIR CITY Hollywood: Mar 29-Apr 7, 2019
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
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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The Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival will return to Hollywood for its 10th edition April 11-14. This year's central theme is Follow Your Heart: Love at the Movies. But don't worry, film noir fans, they'll be representing the noir side of love, too. Jean Negulesco's Roadhouse will be one of the four films screening in 35mm nitrate at the Egyptian this year. In this 1948 Fox noir, Ida Lupino shines as a singer-piano player given a job by local rich boy and bowling alley/road house bar owner Jefty. For her, it's just business, but he wants more. Things get even more complicated when she falls for Cornel Wilde - the joint's manager and Jefty's best friend. Richard Widmark gives a chilling performance as the obsessive Jefty. John Reinhardt's Open Secret (1948) will screen during the festival, as well. John Ireland and Jane Randolph star as a pair of newlyweds who arrive in the big city to meet up with the husband's army buddy but are pulled instead into the web of an anti-Semitic conspiracy.
TCM has also announced that the second annual Robert Osborne Award, recognizing an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations, will be presented to one of the world's premiere film preservationists, Kevin Brownlow. We are thrilled that Mr. Brownlow's considerable accomplishments in the field of film preservation are being honored. Full schedule and passes are now on sale at the festival website.
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 Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival will return for its second edition, Into the Night: Cornell Woolrich and Film Noir, at Columbia University's Lenfest Center for the Arts March 27–31. The festival will present eleven noirs based on the works of Woolrich, a master of pulp fiction and a Columbia alumni. The program ranges from big studio classics like Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) to Poverty Row B-pictures including John Reinhardt's The Guilty (1947)—one of the FNF's recent restoration projects. The series will also include screenings of François Truffaut's 1968 French language adaption of The Bride Wore Black and Roy William Neill's unfaithful but brilliant 1946 adaptation of Black Angel.
The screenings will be accompanied by a series of talks by Woolrich experts and film historians. Speakers will include Ann Douglas (Columbia University), Frank Krutnik (University of Sussex), James Naremore (Indiana University), M. Francis Nevins (Saint Louis University), and Pamela Robertson Wojcik (University of Notre Dame). Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, located in Butler Library, will also host an accompanying exhibit of items from the Cornell Woolrich Papers. Series programmed by Rob King, Film and Media Studies. Schedule and tickets are available now. Watch the trailer here.
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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