NOIR CITY: Chicago returns to its home at the historic Music Box Theatre for its seventh incarnation August 28-September 3. The full schedule hasn't been announcedyet, but we can tell you that two Film Noir Foundation-funded 35mm restorations will screen: Norman Foster's Woman on the Run (1950) starring Ann Sheridan and John Reinhardt'sThe Guilty (1947), based on a Cornell Woolrich story. New prints of two classic Argentine noirs funded by the FNF will also screen, No abras nunca esa puerta (Don't Open That Door) (1952) and Si muero antes de despertar (If I Die Before I Wake) (1952), both also based on the works of Woolrich. A new 35mm print of Cy Endfield's The Underworld Story (1950), starring Dan Duryea, will screen courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation collection at UCLA Film & Television Archive. FNF president Eddie Muller will host the opening weekend. FNF board member and film historian Alan K. Rode will take over as emcee for the rest of the festival. We hope to see you there!
2015 NOIR CITY DATES
Chicago: August 28—September 3
Portland (OR): September 18—20
Kansas City: October 2—4
Washington D.C.: October 17—29
NOIR CITY Xmas San Francisco: December 16
The Film Noir Foundation will partner with Los Angeles-based Flicker Alley to bring several of its recent restorations to the home entertainment market. DVD editions of Woman on the Run (1950) and Too Late for Tears (1949) are expected to release before the year's end, complete with bonus extras produced by the FNF. "We chose to work with Flicker Alley," said FNF president Eddie Muller, "because of its commitment to producing high quality products with what other companies might consider 'marginal' titles. Plus, [Flicker Alley founder] Jeff Masino understood that value of letting us brand these titles as Film Noir Foundation discoveries." The release of more FNF titles will depend largely on the sales numbers of these first two discs. Repeat Performance (1947), High Tide (1947), and The Guilty (1947) are likely candidates for later release, as are some of the Argentine noir films recently resurrected by the FNF. Try and Get Me! (1950), the FNF's 2012 restoration, has reportedly been forthcoming from Olive Films for two years, but there's no word yet on an actual release date.
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.
In 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.
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. + READ MORE.
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FNF president Eddie Muller's hosting of Turner Classic Movies' Summer of Darkness continues through the end of July, during which the network is dedicating 24 hours each Friday to a line-up comprised exclusively of film noir. Muller is presenting four movies (of his choice) each night during prime time as host of TCM's "Friday Night Spotlight," including the July 17 TCM broadcast premiere of the FNF's restoration of Too Late for Tears (1949).
"I'm grateful to TCM for the chance to share my passion for these films," Muller said. "And I'm pleased that they let me throw in the occasional pitch for the Film Noir Foundation."
Muller's other upcoming selections include thematic groupings that focus on Robert Mitchum, Mark Hellinger, heist movies, and much more. Visit the official Summer of Darkness website for the full schedule.
The winner of the FNF's NOIR CITY e-mag Summer 2015 donation drive prize is David Springfield of Valdosta, Georgia. Selected in a random drawing from FNF contributors between July 20 - 26, David will receive TCM Vault Collection's Columbia Pictures FILM NOIR CLASSICS III, a five-DVD boxed set featuring of The Mob, My Name is Julia Ross, The Burglar, Drive a Crooked Road, and Tight Spot. Congratulations, David!
The Jewish Film Institute presents The 35th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, running July 23 through August 9. On July 24, at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre, the FNF co-presented Francois Margolin's The Art Dealer (2014). In this noir-tinged French mystery, an 18th century painting inspires journalist Esther (Anna Sigalevitch) to delve into family secrets, long-buried memories, and WWII-era government cover-ups in. Sigalevitch gives an emotionally charged performance in this eerie and suspenseful film, which juxtaposes the present day enigma with flashbacks of Esther's grandparents, offering a uniquely French perspective on a Jewish family's tale of loss.
The Art Dealer will also screen at Oakland's Lakeside Theater on Friday, August 7, 6:10 pm. For ticket information, contact the box office at (415) 621-0523 or visit the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival online.
AUG 6 - SEP 12
I Wake Up Dreaming 2015: Hot Summer Noir, will bring 12 film noir rarities, all in 35mm, to the big screen of San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre for five consecutive Thursdays, August 6 – September 3. The series, masterfully curated by Elliot Lavine, opens with an impressive "Noir Esoterica" double bill. In Joseph H. Lewis' unsettling So Dark the Night (1946), a Parisian detective's vacation in a rural village turns nightmarish when the woman he impetuously falls in love with is murdered. Robert Montgomery directed and starred in the night's second feature, Ride the Pink Horse (1947), adapted from Dorothy B. Hughes' novel. In Montgomery's exceptional noir, WWII vet Lucky Gagin's simple-minded quest for revenge in the New Mexican town of San Pablo turns into an existential crisis after he encounters naïve local girl Pila (Wanda Hendrix). Closing night also features a particularly strong double feature, two stellar adaptations of David Goodis' novels, Jacques Tourneur's polished Nightfall (1957) and the rough but effective The Burglars (1957), directed by Paul Wendkos. Duryea's emotionally conflicted Nat Harbin in the latter is one of the best performances of his career. Visit the official website for full film descriptions and show times.
AUG 20 - 23
The 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 WeRlles. 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.
Gun 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. + READ MORE.
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