Film Noir & Neo Noir News


Save the Date: NOIR CITY Chicago Returns in August

NOIR CITY: Chicago will return to its home at the historic Music Box Theatre for its tenth anniversary August 17-23. This year's program will take audiences back in time by presenting classic noir films as they were during their original releases, in double features that pair a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low-budget second feature, or "B" film. . The FNF's Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode will be your guides through the dark alleyways of NOIR CITY: Chicago. Full schedule, showtimes and advance tickets are now available on the Music Box's website.


NOIR CITY Chicago: August 17-23, 2018
NOIR CITY Detroit: September 22-23, 2018
NOIR CITY D.C: October 12-25, 2018
NOIR CITY XMAS (San Francisco): Dec. 19,2018
NOIR CITY 17 (San Francisco): Jan.25-Feb 3, 2019

FNF Donation Drive!

Gun Crazy - Too Late for Tears

For a chance to win a copy of the Warner Archive's new Blu-ray release of Gun Crazy (1950), donate $20 or more to the FNF between now and July 19. Your name will be entered into 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 Too Late for Tears (1949).

Everyone who also signs up on our e-mail list, will automatically receive NOIR CITY e-magazine for a year! This quarter's issue pays tribute to this year's recipient of the FNF's "Modern Noir Master," James Ellroy.

Already a NOIR CITY subscriber? We have drawings for you too!

For $20 donations, two winners in two random drawings for Warner Archive's new Blu-ray release of Gun Crazy (1950).

For $40 donations, two winners in two random drawings for four paper doll books from Dover Publications: Pin-Up Girls of World War II, Movie Mobsters, Golden Age of Hollywood (with glitter), Award-Winning Fashions of Edith Head.

For $100 donations, we'll be giving away in two random drawings: Two new Warner Archive releases of Fritz Lang films: Blu-rays or DVDs Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) and While the City Sleeps (1956). Plus, a DVD of either Warner Archive's Three Strangers (1946) or Hotel Berlin (1945).

Your name will be entered into the random drawings for your donation amount. All winners will be announced Monday, July 23, 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.

Miracle Mile at the Castro

Miracle Mile at the Castro

FNF president Eddie Muller will be will be moderating a Q&A with writer/director Steve De Jarnatt following a 30th anniversary screening of De Jarnatt's Miracle Mile (1988) at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre on August 9. In addition, there will be a rare screening of De Jarnatt's 1972 student short Tarzana, a love letter to the film noir genre—originally shot on 35mm black and white stock and starring Michael C. Gwynne as the Chandleresque private detective. The cast features an array of familiar film noir and neo-noir faces including Eddie Constantine, Timothy Carey and Carel Struycken. You can purchase tickets in advance or at the box office on the day of show. Muller recently penned an essay on Miracle Mile for the NOIR CITY e-magazine feature, Prime Cuts: My Favorite Neo-noir. You can buy the back issue online.

French Film Noir at the PFA

The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive is presenting a tribute to the French director Jacques Becker, July 12–August 31. The Becker series includes an excellent film noir, Touchez pas au grisbi (1953). An aging, world-weary gangster (Jean Gabin) is forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars is demanded as ransom. Noir fans may also enjoy Becker's official debut as a director, the 1942 gangster film Dernier atout (The Trump Card) and the tense prison break classic, Le trou (1960). Schedule, film notes and tickets are available on the BAM/PFA website.

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 Photography to Film Noir

Stanley Kubrick - Through a Different Lens

In conjunction with their current exhibition, Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs,the Public Programs Department at the Museum of the City of New York will screen Jules Dassin's The Naked City (1948) on Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 pm. What is the connection to Kubrick? He took photos during the film's production for an unpublished feature and the experience sparked his interest in filmmaking. In this groundbreaking police procedural filmed largely on the streets of New York, Barry Fitzgerald portrays a compassionate cop on the trail of a murderer. Author, filmmaker, and architect James Sanders will introduce the screening. You can buy tickets for the screening online. Use the discount code KUBRICK at checkout to receive the FNF supporter's discount-the same discount that MCNY members receive! [Photo:Stanley Kubrick on the set of Jules Dassin's Naked City for Look Magazine, 1948]

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 and SF Jewish Festival Present Budapest Noir


Budapest Noir at SFJFF

The FNF partnered with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to present the Northern California premiere of Éva Gárdos' sumptuous Hungarian neo-noir Budapest Noir (2017) to a packed house at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre on Saturday, July 22. Director Éva Gárdos and FNF founder and president Eddie Muller conducted an on-stage discussion after the screening.

Adapted by Gárdos and András Szekér from the popular Hungarian bestseller by Vilmos Kondor, Budapest Noir exploits the echoes of classic hardboiled detective fiction to probe the specifics of Hungarian national identity and tells a timeless tale of soul corruption. Zsigmond Gordon (Krisztián Kolovratnik) is a cynical crime reporter cut from classic film noir cloth living in in 1936 Budapest. A chance meeting with an alluring woman triggers Gordon's curiosity, especially when she later turns up murdered. Gordon sets out to learn her identity and transform her death from back-page filler to front-page news.

Director Gárdos will also be in person at the Palo Alto screening on Sunday, July 22. The film will play twice more, on Saturday, July 28 in Albany and in San Rafael on August 4. SFJFF 38 runs July 19–August 5 across the Bay Area. Tickets ($12 members / $15 general) are available on the SFJFF's website. Use the discount code NOIR38 at checkout to receive the FNF supporter's discounted price of $13.

Outdoor Noir in Montréal

Film Noir au Canal returns for a fourth edition, Sunday evenings from July 15 to August 19 at St-Patrick Square, Montréal. The films are projected on the banks of the Lachine Canal and are preceded by musical performances. Each of the six film titles will be revealed a week prior to its screening. Visit the official for more details.

French Noir Returns to the Roxie

Andree Clement in French noir at the Roxie July 26Hungering for the return of the Gallic film noir series THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT in November? Enjoy an amuse-bouche on Thursday July 26 when Midcentury Productions presents a MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre. The double bill of two 1946 French produced noirs will salute actress Andrée Clément, whom Midcentury executive director Don Malcolm dubbed "the first 'Goth girl' for her modern look, her intensity and her unique mingling of darkness and innocence." La fille du diable (Devil's Daughter) and Macadam (The Back Streets of Paris) comprise the evening's entertainment. In the former, Clément plays a small town girl who masterminds a group of thugs while finding herself embroiled in a love triangle with the mobster (Pierre Fresnay) she admires and the town consul (Fernand Ledoux) who is blackmailing him into good behavior. In the latter, she portrays the sympathetic daughter of a ruthless hotelkeeper (Françoise Rosay) whose crime-ridden establishment is located in Paris' disreputable Montmartre district. Tickets are available to purchase on the Midcentury website.

FNF Launches Now Playing

Noir and Neo-Noir news

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.

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.

Castle Noir

Křivoklát Castle

Noir Film Festival will return for its sixth edition August 23-26 to its breathtaking home, the majestic 12th century Křivoklát Castle, about 100km outside Prague in the Czech Republic. The festival comprises multiple series, including tributes to noir icons Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan, as well as celebrating the career of film director and festival patron Hynek Bočan who turned 80 this year. Programmers Jana Bébarová and Milan Hain have selected rarely screened 1940s and 50s films from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland for the Nordic Noir series. The Prison Noir series will include films about both men and women behind bars such as Don Siegel's Riot inCell Block 11 (1954) and Robert Wise's I Want to Live! (1958).

The festival has recently announced three more series for their 2018 edition. Director Sam Fuller's daughter Samantha Fuller will introduce all the films in the festival's retrospective of her father's noir work, including his iconic Pickup on South Street (1953). Ms. Fuller's documentary A Fuller Life (2013) will also play. Psycho Noir highlights the mentally unstable and predominantly male antagonists that dominated the noir cycle in the late '40s such as Richard Widmark in Henry Hathaway's Kiss of Death (1947) and James Cagney in Raoul Walsh's White Heat (1949). But the ladies are amply represented too with Robert Aldrich's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) featuring Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. The New Femme Fatale shines a light on the decidedly different dangerous dames that revitalized the noir genre including Kathleen Turner's star making turn as Matty Walker in Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat (1981).Visit the festival's English language webpage for the complete NFF 2018 program.


"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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