The NOIR CITY film festival returns from COVID hiatus for an incisive and inspiring four-day festival at a new venue, Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre, January 20-23. Produced, programmed and hosted by Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller, 2022's edition, subtitled "They Tried to Warn Us!", showcases 12 movies from mid-20th century Hollywood sure to resonate with contemporary viewers. Included are shockingly prescient films focusing on megalomaniacal politicians, corrupt businessmen, neo-Nazis, racism, anti-Semitism, sexual predators, serial killers, police brutality — even a viral epidemic! This NOIR CITY program could not be more timely or topical.
For the return to in-person screenings, Muller has shifted the event to Oakland after many years at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. The Grand Lake's vintage movie palace atmosphere and the care and upkeep of the venue work perfectly for the type of show NOIR CITY loyalists have come to expect. To ensure festival attendees' safety, proof of vaccination is required and mask protocols will be enforced.
NOIR CITY 19: The Bay Area Film Noir Festival will open Thursday night, January 20, with a double bill. First up, All the King's Men (1949), the noir-stained 1950 Best Picture Oscar winner, starring Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark, an ambitious Southern politician who doesn't let ethics interfere with his meteoric political rise. Crawford won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance. It's paired with the world premiere of the FNF's latest 35mm restoration — The Argyle Secrets, a 1948 B-picture directed by Cy Endfield, returned to circulation this year through the partnership of the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive. The film's mystery centers around "The Argyle Album" containing the names of U.S. politicians and industrialists who abetted the Nazis in World War II.
Weeknight shows will be presented as double bills, with one $15 admission price for two movies. Saturday and Sunday shows will have separate admissions ($12.50) for each screening. All-Access Passports, granting admission to all 12 films, are available for $100, a $30 savings over the purchase price of individual tickets. FNF proceeds from the NOIR CITY festival benefit the foundation's efforts to rescue and restore noir films in danger of being permanently lost or damaged.
The full schedule, Passports (all-access passes), individual tickets, and program notes are available at NoirCity.com.
The NOIR CITY film festival has lost a bit of its soul. WILLIAM P. ARNEY aka "The Voice of NOIR CITY," died on Monday, September 27. He'd been battling an assortment of maladies over the past few months, but none that seemed lethal. In fact, Bill called me the day before he died and he sounded the same as always—charming and avuncular, with that gruff voice straight out of a 1940s film noir. An undetected virus in his lungs dropped him for the count the following day.
Bill and I had been friends from the moment we met, March 19, 2005. It was an event celebrating the American Library Association's declaration of landmark status for 891 Post St. in San Francisco. That's where Dashiell Hammett lived when he wrote The Maltese Falcon.→ READ MORE
Yoram Kahana was one of the Film Noir Foundation's greatest allies. His association with us even pre-dates the FNF's creation. Our first meeting was at one of the earliest noir festivals at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, presented in conjunction with the American Cinematheque. At the end of the evening Yoram approached me, the first time I'd ever seen what would become a familiar visage: the wild tangle of white hair, the light-colored, lightweight, lived-in outfit (complete with photojournalist vest) suggesting a war correspondent in some humid, hostile outpost (nah, just Hollywood). The bemused, crooked smile—and, of course, the gruff, almost indecipherable accent that prevented me from really knowing his name until I looked it up online. → READ MORE
1956's Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems) is one of the best noir-drenched films of the 1950s—maybe ever. A deep-seated inferiority complex leads a Buenos Aires newspaper reporter (Carlos Cores) into a seemingly innocent correspondence-school scheme with a clever Hungarian ex-pat (Vassili Lambrinos). But as the money flows in, so do suspicions—driving one man to commit the perfect crime. → READ MORE
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The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant—Ari Negovschi.
The 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 BlackPoolProductions.com.
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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Broadcasts are scheduled for December 2, 9, 16, and 30 at 7pm PT on Facebook. All broadcasts are available to watch on our YouTube channel the following day.
MidCentury Productions' The French Had a Name for It '21 concludes on Sunday, December 12 at San Francisco's Roxie Theater with two Robert Hossein classics, his 1956 directorial effort, The Wicked Go to Hell (Les salauds vont en enfer) dominated by Hossein's then wife Marina Vlady and 1962's Paris Pick-Up (Le monte-charge) which costars Hossein and Lea Massari.
In the first feature, two escaped convicts (Henri Vidal and Serge Reggiani) kill an artist while on the run and come into conflict over what to do with his muse (Vlady). In the second film, an ex-con (Hossein) picks up a beautiful woman (Massari) and finds himself caught up in a murder. Both these films keep you guessing all the way through and have excellent payoffs at their conclusions.
The double feature starts at 1:30 pm, and advanced tickets can be purchased online at the Roxie's website Roxie's website.
The Film Noir Foundation's acclaimed publication, previously available exclusively to patrons in digital form, is now available as a separate, stand-alone printed magazine. Every issue filled with articles by the finest film writers in the world, exploring the world of noir in both classic and contemporary cinema—and its influence on other media. Get every new issue delivered to your actual mailbox—on-demand!
Donors to the Film Noir Foundation will continue to receive the magazine in downloadable PDF form. Physical editions available only as separate purchases via Amazon.com for $14.99. All FNF proceeds from the sale of the magazine aid the FNF's mission of rescuing and restoring films!
Hard copy magazines are available for issues #31 and #32. Back issues #1 – #31 are available for purchase in digital form.
You can now hold in your hands the only magazine in the world devoted exclusively to NOIR. Enjoying turning actual pages filled with superb writing, spectacular design, and stunning imagery.
The revised and expanded edition of FNF prez and Noir Alley host Eddie Muller's Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir is now available for purchase from the TCM Shop or your favorite bookseller.
Presented by Turner Classic Movies, Muller's film noir lover's bible takes readers on a tour of the urban landscape of the grim and gritty genre in a definitive, highly illustrated volume. Dark City expands with new chapters and a fresh collection of restored photos that illustrate the mythic landscape of the imagination. It's a place where the men and women who created film noir often find themselves dangling from the same sinister heights as the silver-screen characters to whom they gave life.
Muller guides fans on a spellbinding trip through treacherous terrain: Hollywood in the post-WWII years, where art, politics, scandal, style—and brilliant craftsmanship—produced a new approach to moviemaking, and a new type of cultural lore. This journey hits all the finer neighborhoods: Shamus Flats, Vixenville, Blind Alley, Losers' Lane—with stops at The Precinct, The Psych Ward, The Big House, and other dank corners, with shady protagonists ready to spill their bitter life story before retreating to the shadows.
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