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NOIR CITY Chicago Returns in August

NOIR CITY celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Music Box Theatre with a week-long extravaganza of nine double features, August 17-23, kicking off with an opening night tribute to writer-director Carl Franklin. FNF president Eddie Muller will join the director for an in-person discussion between screenings of Franklin's neo-noirs Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) and One False Move (1992). The festival will then present 16 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low- budget second feature, or "B" film. The line-up will include well known classics like George Marshall's The Blue Dahlia (1946) starring the dynamic duo of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd as well as low budget gems awaiting rediscovery like Anthony Mann's Strange Impersonation (1946).

The FNF's latest restoration The Man Who Cheated Himself, an independently made noir thriller from 1950 shot on location in San Francisco, will screen as well as Paramount's new digital restoration of Byron Haskin's I Walk Alone (1948), starring a trio of powerhouse noir players: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Lizabeth Scott. The FNF's Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode will be your guides through the dark alleyways of NOIR CITY. Weekend shows will be presented by Muller and weeknight shows by Rode. 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

NOIR CITY Returns to the Motor City!


NOIR CITY Detroit returns to its home at the historic Redford Theatre September 22-23 with all the violence, corruption, and melodrama that Detroiters have come to expect from the annual film noir festival. The 2-day festival kicks off on Saturday night with a double bill of Fred Zinnemann's revenge tale Act of Violence (1949) and Stanley Kubrick's heist film The Killing (1956). Saturday night closes with a midnight screening of Martin Scorsese's ultra-violent neo-noir Taxi Driver (1976).

Sunday afternoon brings a double bill of big-city corruption––Abraham Polonsky's exposé of the New York numbers racket in Force of Evil (1948) and Fred Sears' independent crime feature Inside Detroit (1956) shot entirely on location in the Motor City! On Sunday evening, the festival wraps up with two star-studded noir melodramas: a new digital restoration of Byron Haskin's I Walk Alone (1948)—starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Lizabeth Scott—and Mitchell Leisen's No Man of Her Own (1950) starring Barbara Stanwyck and based on a story by Cornell Woolrich.

FNF founder and president Eddie Muller will introduce all the screenings. The $30 NOIR CITY All Movie Pass grants access to all the screenings plus entry to an exclusive reception with Eddie on Saturday, September 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., prior to the evening screenings. We will post a link to the Redford's website once they have posted the schedule and links to purchase tickets and passes.

One Night Only! Czar of Noir in Ann Arbor

The Lady from Shanghai -  Ann ArborFNF prez Eddie Muller will be the Michigan Theater's special guest for their screening of Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Friday, September 21 at 7:00 PM. Eddie will introduce the classic noir and lead a post-film discussion. In Welles' noir masterpiece, an Irish sailor (Orson Welles) gets caught between a corrupt tycoon (Everett Sloane) and his voluptuous wife (Rita Hayworth) and their plans to eliminate one another in this wonderfully convoluted noir. This special evening opens the Fatally Yours: A Film Noir Series which continues every Monday night from September 24 through October 15.Tickets are available now on the Michigan's 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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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.

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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.

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.

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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