VIDEO ARCHIVES The Film Noir Foundation has an ever expanding catalog of noir-related video, ranging from exclusive interviews, to NOIR CITY guest appearances, to short films inspired by film noir. View our latest offerings.
The one and only Bob Dylan speaks in this audio clip about noir and one of noir's darkest literary inspirations, Cornell Wolrich. (2.5mins, mp3 format) »PLAY.
Listen to a fabulous BBC Radio program exploring a little-known facet of noir icon Robert Mitchum — his poetry. This 30-minute program features an amazing array of interviews, including producer Stanley Rubin and FNF president Eddie Muller, as well as some astounding archival recordings of Mitchum himself. »PLAY. (RealAudio)
On stage with Eddie Muller at the opening night of the January 2006 NOIR CITY, following a sold-out showing of Strangers on a Train, Farley Granger talks about working with Hitchcock in this excerpt from the interview. (RealAudio)
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The vivid co-mingling of lost innocence, doomed romanticism, hard-edged cynicism, desperate desire, and shadowy sexuality unleashed in those immediate post-war years proved hugely influential, both among industry peers in the original era, and to future generations of storytellers, both literary and cinematic” »READ
Alan Rode, senior staff writer for Filmmonthly sat down with Film NoirFoundation president Eddie Muller in late 2005 to discuss the mission and progress of the newly-formed non-profit corporation. The “Czar of Noir” was clearly in an ebullient mood over the success of his two 2005 noir film festivals and recent events concerning the Film Noir Foundation. »READ
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In Alain Corneau's sleek thriller, Love Crime (2010), ruthless executive Christine (Kirstin Scott Thomas) exploits and manipulates her more inhibited assistant, Isabelle (Ludivine Sagnier). When Christine feels betrayed by Isabelle, she viciously turns on her. At first, it seems she will destroy the younger woman. However, the events that follow reveal Isabelle's previously hidden, and rather remarkable, ferocity and cunning. As with most French thrillers, a desire for logic will only spoil your fun. The film is now available on DVD (no Blu-ray) from MPI Home Video. Sadly, the only extra on the DVD is the film's trailer.
In Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (2011), an enigmatic Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) also moonlights as a wheel man. When he accepts an offer to drive during a million dollar heist, a miasma of greed and betrayal soon engulfs him. Critics compared Gosling existential anti-hero to the likes of those portrayed by Clint Eastwood, Steven McQueen and Alain Delon. It's now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Both formats include five behind the scenes featurettes. The Blu-ray also includes a UV copy and special BD-Live content.
The critically acclaimed Congolese neo-noir Viva Riva is now available on DVD from Music Box Films. This film details, with plenty of twists and turns, the attempts of the anti-hero, Riva (Patash Bay), to both seduce femme fatale Nora (Manie Malone), the mistress of a crime lord, and to get his hands on a stash of petrol that could make him and his partner a fortune on the black market. First time director, Djo Munga also penned the screenplay. Sadly, the DVD has no extras and the film is not available on Blu-ray.
Rowan Joffe's 2010 adaption of Graham Greene's 1938 novel Brighton Rock makes some notable changes from the book as well as from John Boulting's 1947 big screen version. Joffe keeps the same basic story, a sociopathic gangster (Sam Riley) romances an innocent tea shop waitress (Andrea Riseborough) to silence her knowledge about a murder he committed. However, this version moves the story to 1964, when Brighton was overrun by warring Mods and Rockers. Joffe also alters the motivations and back story of Ida (Helen Mirren), the woman determined to find the killer. It's currently available on DVD (no Blu-ray) from MPI Home Video. Bonus features include the trailer, a featurette, a behind the scenes feature, and interviews with cast and crew.
Available from Amazon on demand, Andre de Toth's Pitfall (1948) plays effectively with noir expectations, leaving the audience to savor some unexpected twists. Dick Powell stars as a married insurance executive who strays when he meets a beautiful dame, Mona Stevens (Lizbeth Scott). When her thieving boyfriend and a private dick (Raymond Burr), who's obsessed with her, enter the picture, things get even seamier.
In Robert Siodmak's The File on Thelma Jordon (1950), Barbara Stanwyck plays Thelma who, as Miss Stanwyck is wont to do, seduces a married Assistant District Attorney (Corey Wendell) and pulls him into her dangerous world of crime. After he manipulates a trial to save her from prison, Thelma's boyfriend, a jewel thief, reenters the scene. Things, of course, go badly. Artiflix is now offering this rare film noir on demand, in the DVD-R format, via Amazon.com.
Joseph Losey's 1951 noir masterpiece, The Prowler, is finally available on DVD from VCI. The source of the digital transfer is the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s restoration, funded by the FNF and the Stanford Theatre Foundation. The lonely wife (Evelyn Keyes) of a nighttime DJ falls for the beat cop (Van Heflin) who responds to her report of a prowler. Unknown to her, he finds a murderous way to get rid of the husband. The extras include a "Making of..." documentary; audio commentary by the FNF’s Alan K. Rode and Eddie Muller; a documentary about the FNF's preservation partnership with UCLA ; Bertrand Tavernier’s video critique of the film; the theatrical trailer; and an interactive version of the film's press book. Order now!
Norman Foster's Woman on the Run (1950) is also available from Artfilx on demand. Eleanor (Ann Sheridan) desperately searches for her husband, the only eyewitness to a gangland murder. She fears that their troubled marriage may be the real reason he fled. She wants not only to persuade him to cooperate with the police, but also to be treated for a dangerous heart condition. She enlists the help of newspaperman, Danny Leggett (Dennis O'Keefe) to track him down. Can she find him before it is too late? Shot on location in San Francisco and Carmel by cinematographer Hal Mohr.