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NOIR CITY Xmas—Tickets Now on Sale!

Ring in the holidays with a Cruel Yule courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation! Join us Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 p.m., at San Francisco's Castro Theatre for Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955). The holiday season is the perfect time to share this timeless noir fairytale about the eternal human struggle—between avarice and atonement, sinners and saviors, good and evil. Robert Mitchum gives a legendary performance as a vile and conniving ex-con masquerading as a man of the cloth. He's not about to let two innocent children come between him and a long-hidden bounty. Shelley Winters may be a gullible mark for this faux preacher, but spinster Rachel Cooper (a memorable portrayal by Lillian Gish) knows the devil when she sees it. Actor Charles Laughton created a stunning work of magical realism, the only picture he'd ever direct. Why not quit while you're ahead? This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

In addition to bearing gifts of compelling cinematic artistry at NOIR CITY Xmas, host Eddie Muller will reveal the program for the upcoming NOIR CITY 17 festival January 25–February 3, 2019 at the Castro Theatre. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, we'll have NOIR CITY 17 Passports (all-access passes) for sale, along with select FNF merchandise, on the Castro mezzanine.

Tickets for NOIR CITY XMAS available now––$10 at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Castro Theatre box office the day of the show.


NOIR CITY 17 Passports Now on Sale!

The world's most popular film noir festival, NOIR CITY, will return to the historic Castro Theatre January 25 through February 3, 2019. Secure your spot for all the fun with an all-access NOIR CITY 17 PASSPORT for $125 -- now on sale! PURCHASE HERE

This all-access festival pass grants the bearer:

✽ Entry to all 24 films during NOIR CITY 17
✽ Separate passport holders' queue for early admittance to the theater for all shows
✽ Opening night passholders' reception (Castro mezzanine) beginning at 6 pm on January 25, 2019.

As always, festival devotees will enjoy 10 glorious days and nights of noir-themed double features as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen, in one of America's greatest movie palaces: San Francisco's Castro Theatre. The full line-up for NOIR CITY 17 will be announced the evening of December 19 at the FNF's annual NOIR CITY Xmas event at the Castro Theatre. (Festival details - including film schedule and tickets - will be available at 6:00 p.m. 12/19/18 at


NOIR CITY Xmas (San Francisco): Dec 19
NOIR CITY 17 (San Francisco): Jan 25-Feb 3, 2019
NOIR CITY Seattle: Feb 15-21, 2019
NOIR CITY Hollywood: Mar 29-Apr 7, 2019
NOIR CITY Austin: May 17-19, 2019
NOIR CITY Boston: June 7-9, 2019

FNF Receives HFPA Grant

HFPA GrantFor the sixth consecutive year, the Film Noir Foundation has been awarded a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust. This year's $50,000 grant will be used to help fund a 35mm film restoration the FNF will premiere next year at NOIR CITY 17 in San Francisco. HFPA's mission is to foster education, diversity, and creative expression in art and film through a variety of programs and special grants. For more than 25 years, the Hollywood Foreign Press has donated over $33 million to entertainment-related charities, scholarship programs, and humanitarian efforts.

This year's grants banquet was held Thursday, August 9, at Hollywood's Beverly Hilton Hotel with FNF promotional director and grants manager Daryl Sparks in attendance. The evening's festivities were hosted by William H. Macy and highlighted by award presentations from Hollywood celebrities, including Charlize Theron, Steve Carell, Alfonso Cuarón, Alfre Woodard, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, and Dakota Fanning.


$5,000 Grant for Film Preservation Students

The Nancy Mysel Legacy GrantThe Film Noir Foundation invites film preservation students to apply now for the 2019 Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, December 13, 2018. This $5,000 grant will be awarded by the FNF in January 2019 to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student in film restoration/preservation or moving image archive studies. The grant funds are to be used to enhance or benefit a student's film restoration/preservation or moving image archive studies. Details for submitting your application can be found on the FNF grant page. The 2019 Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant recipient will be announced at NOIR CITY 17, in January 2019.

Latest FNF Rescue: The Man Who Cheated Himself

The Man Who Cheated HimselfThe FNF-funded restoration of Felix E. Feist's independently made noir thriller The Man Who Cheated Himself, (1950) is now available for pre-order from Flicker Alley. The Blu-ray/DVD dual-format edition is loaded with special features:

The Man Who Cheated Himself Revisited: Produced by TVP Enterprises and FNF, this mini-documentary offers a behind-the-scenes examination of the film's original production.

The Man Who Cheated Himself Locations Then and Now: City Sleuth (aka Brian Hollins) leads a virtual tour around San Francisco hunting down the many locations used during the film's production.

Restored Theatrical Trailer. View

Souvenir Booklet: Featuring rare photographs, poster art, original lobby cards, and an essay by the "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller.

20th Century–Fox, the film's original distributor, provided an original fine-grain from its vault as the essential restoration element. The UCLA Film & Television Archive's Head of Restoration, Scott MacQueen, oversaw the project.

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.

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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FNF Donation Drive Giveaway!

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For a chance to win a copy of the Warner Archive's new Blu-ray release of Murder, My Sweet (1945), donate $20 or more to the FNF between now and November 28. Your name will be entered in a random drawing. And, for a donation of $50, you have a chance at Flicker Alley's dual-format release of the FNF's restoration Woman on the Run (1950). Everyone who donates $20 or more and signs up on our e-mail list, will automatically receive NOIR CITY e-magazine for a year! This quarter's issue comprises more than 100 sensational pages, most of them featuring our theme for the issue, "International Noir."

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For $20 donations, two winners in two random drawings for either Warner Archive's new Blu-ray release of Gun Crazy (1950) or the DVD double feature of Crime Wave (1954) and Decoy (1946). For $40 donations, you have the chance to win two Vincent Price titles from Dover Publications: Vincent Price's Cooking Price-Wise: A Culinary Legacy and Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography by Victoria Price. For $50 donations, two winners in two random drawings for either Warner Archive's DVD of Roadblock (1951) and Southside 1-1000 (1950), or Betrayed (1944) [original title When Strangers Marry] with Dean Jagger, Kim Hunter and Robert Mitchum, and Hotel Berlin For $100 donations, you have a chance at this triple—especially fans of Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet: Warner Archive Blu-ray of Dark Passage (Bogart), DVDs of Conflict (Bogart and Greenstreet), and Three Strangers (Greenstreet).

All winners will be announced Friday, November 30, here on the FNF's news page.

Your donations help the FNF locate, restore, and exhibit films that, without our intervention, would be lost forever.

French Noir at the Roxie

The French Had a Name for It returns for its 5th edition November 15-21 at San Francisco's Roxie Theater. This year the focus is on the 1950s with screenings of 20 films produced from 1949-1959. The films range from a modern retelling of Romeo Juliet, 1949's The Lovers of Verona to 1959's Marie X, in which a group of former Resistance members reunite to resolve the mystery of a wartime betrayal. The latter was directed by Julien Duvivier and features an impressive array of classic stars, Danielle Darrieux, Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier, Serge Reggiani and Paul Meurisse. The festival will spotlight Duvivier's work with screenings of three of his films as well as that of actor Henri Vidal's with six films starring the actor whose life tragically ended at the age of 40. The festival will also pay tribute to Jeanne Moreau's and Jean Gabin's diverse noir efforts in the '50s. While most of this year's offering are helmed by lesser known directors, attendees will encounter plenty of familiar faces in front of the camera like Simone Signoret (The Adulteress) and Robert Hossein (Double Agents). Full series information and passes for the festival are available on the Midcentury Productions website.

The SFJFF Needs You!

Fierce: The Untameable Joan CrawfordCalling all media makers! Are you working on a film or media project that makes a meaningful contribution to society's understanding of global Jewish life? Applications are now open for the Jewish Film Institute's 2019 Filmmaker Residency, a year-long intensive program at San Francisco's Ninth Street Independent Film Center to help you craft and share your story. Apply here by December 1.

The JFI is also currently accepting entries for the 39th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (July 18 – August 4, 2019). SFJFF presents three weeks of inspiring independent cinema, events, and performances each summer in the Bay Area that expand understanding of Jewish life. We have been proud to partner with the SFJFF to present noir tinged films like this year's screening of Budapest Noir. Submit your film today here.

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Love our film reviews in the NOIR CITY e-magazine? Get you noir-tinged movie and streaming news faster from our newly added NOW PLAYING area.

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.

Oldest U.S. Film Noir Festival Returns to Seattle

Fierce: The Untameable Joan CrawfordThe Seattle Art Museum's film noir festival returns for its 41st edition on September 27. This year's line-up, entitled Night Heat, ranges from well-known classics like Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955) starring film noir stalwart Robert Mitchum to lesser known gems like Hugo Haas' Wicked Woman, starring the incomparable film noir Amazon Beverly Michaels. A Top Pot Doughnuts post-film party follows the opening night screening of Raoul Walsh's White Heat (1949), showcasing James Cagney as a psychotic, mother-obsessed gangster. The last two weeks of the festival include a late-era noir Robert Rossen's Lilith (1964) and Michael Mann's high-octane heist flick Heat (1995). Films screen every Thursday night through December 6 except for Thanksgiving Day. Full series pass ($78) available on SAM's website. A limited number of single-film tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the show, at 7:25 p.m., at the auditorium entrance for $9 (cash/check only).

Coen Brothers Retrospective

Coen Brothers Retrospective

Dipson Theatres and Noir Essentials have teamed up to present The Coen Brothers Bible of America, a monthly retrospective of Joel and Ethan Coen's neo-noir films, August 22-December 12 at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema in Buffalo. Host Alex Weinstein will take audiences on a journey, both geographic and cinematic, through five modern classics from the filmmaking team: Texas (Blood Simple, No Country for Old Men); North Dakota (Fargo); post-War California (The Man Who Wasn't There), and an unnamed Prohibition-era gangster infested city (Miller's Crossing). The films also cover a journey through crime fiction writing from golden age pulp—The Man Who Wasn't There was inspired by James M. Cain's writing, especially The Postman Always Rings Twice and Miller's Crossing is an uncredited reworking of Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key—to the work of a modern literary master, Cormac McCarthy, author of No Country. Tickets are available at or in person at the Eastern Hills Cinema box office.


"Now Playing" Movies + Streaming Guide and Noir on Blu-Ray, with Kelly Vance

NoirTalk podcastEast 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.


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