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Mr. Muller and Mr. Rode
Go to Washington

NOIR CITY returns to the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, October 12-25. Taking attendees back to the golden age of film noir, NOIR CITY will present this year's films as they were experienced upon original release––pairing a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low-budget second feature or "B" film. In addition, there will also be a teaming of both versions of The Killers: Robert Siodmak's 1946 classic with Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, playing with Don Siegel's 1964 reimagining with John Cassavetes and Angie Dickinson, which puts more emphasis on the killers, played by Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager. The FNF's latest restoration, The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950), shot on location in San Francisco, will screen along with Paramount's new digital restoration of Byron Haskin's I Walk Alone (1948), featuring a trio of powerhouse players: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Lizabeth Scott.

Opening weekend screenings, Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, will be introduced by author and FNF board member Alan K. Rode. Eddie Muller will take over hosting duties Friday, October 19–Sunday, October 21. The full NOIR CITY: D.C. schedule and tickets––plus the all-access NOIR CITY Pass––are available on the AFI Silver's website.


NOIR CITY D.C: October 12-25, 2018
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: Jun 7-9, 2019: Dec. 19, 2019


Save the Date!

The full line-up for NOIR CITY 17, January 25 – February 3, 2019, will be announced at NOIR CITY Xmas, December 19. Both events will take place at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre. NOIR CITY Xmas will also feature the unveiling of the official NOIR CITY 17 poster. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, NOIR CITY 17 Passports (all-access festival passes) will be available for sale at NOIR CITY Xmas – just visit the FNF's merchandise table on the Castro mezzanine! FNF founder and president Eddie Muller will be your guide through the dark alley ways of NOIR CITY. Can't make it to the Castro that night? You will be able to see the schedule, program notes and buy tickets and Passports (full series passes) on the official festival website the same night.

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.

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 explores Kubrick's pre-film career as a photographer. He started his career as a professional photographer when he sold Look magazine one of his photos at the tender age of 17. The exhibit features more than 120 photographs by Kubrick from the museum's Look archive, an unparalleled collection that includes 129 photography assignments and more than 12,000 negatives from his five years as a staff photographer. The museum will also be offering a special Halloween treat on October 26, a film noir themed cocktail party inspired by Kubrick's work which includes music and dancing, film trivia, signature cocktails, and a guided gallery tour. Halloween, film noir, or Kubrick-inspired costumes encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed. You can purchase tickets for Night of Noir: A Kubrick Halloween online. [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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Punk Monkey Productions

Film Noir Treads the Boards

Punk Monkey Productions returns October 26-November 18 to the Actors Workout Studio to present its annual film noir homage PL.A.Y Noir—an evening of live entertainment comprising five original one act plays. The seventh season will present a mix of comedy and drama employing the traditional stylings of the classic genre along with a spattering of Neo-Noir. As usual, the 2018 PL.A.Y Noir promises plenty of murder, mystery, deceit and double-crossing. Lady with a Smoking Gun by Jeff Pearce; Eve by Bob Kolsby; The Coming Storm by Michael Robinson; Bro by Robb Willoughby and Deuce Cooper: The Bloomfield Case by Paul Braverman compose this year's line-up. Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets.

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.


$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.

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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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