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Bill Set for Second Fest

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The second annual NOIR CITY: AUSTIN film festival will run May 8–10 at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. With the exception of the opening night feature—the newly restored Woman on the Run—the 11-film series pays tribute to noir writer Cornell Woolrich, with ten films adapted from his novels and short stories. Due to the theatre's limited seating capacity, full series passes will be available online via the Ritz only until April 21, after which only tickets to individual shows will be available for advance online purchase. In other words, buy your pass for entrée to the entire festival now, at the Alamo website.

ON THE BILL: Street of Chance (1942), Phantom Lady (1944), Black Angel (1946), Deadline at Dawn (1946), Night Has 1000 Eyes (1948), The Guilty (1948), The Window (1949), No Man of Her Own (1950), and two newly preserved and subtitled Argentine Woolrich adaptations, Never Open That Door (No abras nunca esa puerta, 1952) and If I Die Before I Wake (Si muero antes de despertar, 1952). Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller will be on hand to introduce all the films in the intimate and convivial environment for which the Alamo Drafthouse is famous.

Cornell Woolrich"The sun-drenched expanse of Texas may seem a far cry from the shadowy recesses and expressionistic cityscapes of classic noir," said Drafthouse programmer Tommy Swenson, "but all that open space just means more places to bury the bodies. The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz is thrilled to welcome the Film Noir Foundation back for our second annual NOIR CITY, and to pay tribute to Cornell Woolrich. The most atmospheric of all the great crime writers, Woolrich's world is one with no moral compass, a place where love and death are always inextricably linked."

NOIR CITY returns to Chicago, Portland (OR), Washington D.C., and Kansas City later in the year.

NOIR CITY 13 Audiences Enjoyed Marriage, Murder, and Mayhem

Movie lovers from around the globe had a grand time at the 13th annual edition of NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, held at the Castro Theatre, January 16–25, 2015. The program of 25 titles depicted the darker side of marriage, although the audience had a fun and festive time. Official NOIR CITY photographer David M. Allen captured all the excitement and sartorial splendor of the festival's ten-day run. View and buy prints from his photo coverage of NOIR CITY 13 here. Then, mark your calendars for next year's 14th annual festival in San Francisco, January 22–31, 2016. For more coverage of NOIR CITY 13, visit

Don't Print the Legend

Goodis, A Life in Black and WhiteGun 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. It's no stretch to declare Gun Crazy one of the essential American films—as well as a cornerstone of the auteur theory that's dominated cinema discourse since the 1960s. Its larger-than-life reputation among cinephiles has mainly been based on the recollections—also larger-than-life—of its director, Joseph H. Lewis, whose intriguing yet surprisingly short career never again reached the level of this bona-fide classic.

In this thoroughly researched and vividly told tale, FNF President and NOIR CITY co-programmer Eddie Muller explodes many of the entrenched myths about Gun Crazy—and the auteur theory itself. He subverts the film's legend with the fascinating story of its actual creation, a six-year struggle that involved an array of exceptional collaborators. Packed with never-before-seen ephemera—original script pages (some never filmed), production notes, on-set photos—Gun Crazy: The Origin of American Outlaw Cinema is now available for sale online exclusively from Black Pool Productions.

Shining a Light on a Pulp
Fiction Enigma

Goodis, A Life in Black and WhiteIn 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 Philippe 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.

FNF Receives $65K Grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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 was immediately put to use, helping to complete restoration work on the FNF's latest film restoration project.

At the end of September, HFPA board member Yoram Kahana contacted the FNF to advise us that after additional consideration, HFPA had decided to increase the 2014 grant to the FNF by an additional $40,000! It seems that the grant proposal for Woman on the Run created by FNF Promotional Director Daryl Sparks was so impressive that HFPA president Theo Kingma— once he'd beheld for himself the detailed 47-page document — took the unprecedented step of funding the grant in full! And, on-stage opening night of NOIRCITY 13, HFPA's Yoram Kahana presented FNF president Eddie Muller with a plaque celebrating the restoration of Woman on the Run prior to the film's re-premiere. Quite the memorable restoration!

Woman on the Run, The Guilty Latest Lost Treasures Restored
by FNF

Woman on the Run - The Guilty, latest Film Noir Foundation restorations

A pair of seemingly lost films, Woman on the Run (1950) and The Guilty (1947), are the Film Noir Foundation's "rescues" for 2014. Both have been restored in brand new 35mm negatives; pristine prints of each will be presented to audiences on the NOIR CITY festival circuit in 2015. Woman on the Run is a unique noir love story, shot largely on location in San Francisco, with star Ann Sheridan serving as the film's unbilled executive producer. The film vanished from circulation after the termination of the independent production's distribution deal with Universal in the mid-1950s. + READ MORE.

AUG 20 - 23

Czech Noir

Czech Noir Film Festival 2015The Noir Film Festival returns August 20-23 to its unique home, Křivoklát Castle located in the Czech Republic. This regal setting should prove the perfect backdrop for the Gothic Noir series, one of eleven series that forms this year's programming. The festival's third incarnation also includes three separate series honoring noir legends Joan Crawford, John Garfield and Orson Welles. The HBO Projections and Czech/Czechoslovak Noirs Annual series, festival favorites, return this year. The Noir Parodies, Remakes and French Noir series will provide alternative views of the genre. Check out the official website for more information including how to follow their ongoing programming announcements via social media.


Paul Thomas Anderson
Tackles Pynchon

Inherent ViceWriter/director Paul Thomas Anderson braves the difficulties of adapting Thomas Pynchon to the screen with his neo-noir Inherent Vice. Anderson's Chandler-like sense of Los Angeles' geography and his ability to masterfully assemble and direct impressive casts makes him the perfect director for the challenge. Joaquin Phoenix leads the ensemble as private eye Doc, who investigates the disappearance of a womanizing real-estate developer (Eric Roberts) on the behest of a beautiful woman (Katherine Waterston). Absurdities and possible conspiracies abound as Doc delves into the mystery, only to find a second missing man (Owen Wilson) and himself on the wrong side of the L.A.P.D. in the guise of Detective Bigfoot Bjornsen (Josh Brolin). Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Torro, Jena Malone, and Maya Rudolph also contribute to the confusion. Visit the official website for more on this labyrinth.

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