The NOIR CITY D.C. festival returns to the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, October 15 – 28, for its first in-theatre event since 2019! Eddie Muller will host the festival's opening weekend October 15 – 17. Yes, in person! Author and film historian Foster Hirsch will be there to introduce selected screenings October 22 - 24.
This year's program, based on Eddie's recently published Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir, will include films from all the finer Dark City neighborhoods—Shamus Flats, Knockover Square, Vixenville, Blind Alley, and Hate Street, with stops at The City Desk, The Psych Ward, Losers' Lane, The Big House, and other dark alleys.
Festival passes are available now and individual tickets will be available September 24 here.
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
We are proud to announce the release of two FNF restorations as Blu-ray/DVD combos from Flicker Alley! November 2, 2021, is the "drop date" for both The Bitter Stems and The Beast Must Die, two classics of Argentine noir.
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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Our unique t‑shirts are still available. Shirts are black, short-sleeved, 100% cotton with silkscreened graphic on front. What's more appropriate than a NOIR CITY t‑shirt with the tagline "What could possibly go wrong?"
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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Did you know that The Film Noir Foundation has livestreams three times a month on our Facebook page in which Eddie Muller answers questions submitted by our e‑mail subscribers?
All previous broadcasts are available on our YouTube broadcast archives page.
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Thursday, October 14, 21, and 28 at 7:00 pm PT on Facebook. Broadcasts are available to watch on our YouTube channel the following day.
The 2021 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival returns to the Palm Springs Cultural Center for its 21st edition Friday, October 21-Sunday, October 24. Films will be introduced by author and FNF board member Alan K. Rode as well as FNF president Eddie Muller.
Susan Andrews, daughter of Dana Andrews, is the scheduled guest for the opening night film, Where the Sidewalk Ends. The Friday line-up will also include the FNF funded restoration of El vampiro negro. Producer Mark Fleischer, son of director Richard Fleischer, will be the special guest at a screening of his father's film Violent Saturday. Ms. NOIR CITY 2020, Victoria Mature will introduce The Long Haul, starring her father Victor Mature and British blonde bombshell Diana Dors on Sunday.
Other festival highlights will include a book signing on Saturday with Eddie Muller (Dark City, revised & expanded edition), Steven Smith (Max Steiner the Epic Life of Hollywood's Most Influential Composer) and Alan K. Rode (Michael Curtiz A Life in Film revised and expanded paperback edition). Smith will also introduce The Big Sleep on Friday. This is Covid Vaccination only event with masks required inside the theater. Passes and individual tickets are available here.
MidCentury Productions' The French Had a Name for It returns to San Francisco's Roxie Theater on Sunday, October 24 with a matinée featuring two pre-Breathless Jean–Paul Belmondo films. First up is Web of Passion (À double tour), directed by master of suspense Claude Chabrol. In this mystery set in the south of France, Laszlo Kovacs (Belmondo) suspects that his fiancé's mother was not murdered by the local milkman but by someone from her lover's family. The Cheaters (Les tricheurs), directed by Marcel Carné and shot by Claude Renoir, follows This controversial at its time film takes a frank look at the disaffected and dissolute youth of 1950s Paris and features Belmondo in a standout role.
The evening double bill salutes Jean Gabin with a screening of one of his most famous films along with one mostly unknown in the U.S. In Hands Off the Loot! (Touchez pas au grisbi), directed by Jacques Becker, Gabin portrays an elegant former criminal forced out of retirement when a young gangster kidnaps his friend and partner and demands their nest egg as ransom. The second film, People of No Importance (Des gens sans importance), directed by Henri Verneuil, is a departure for Gabin, he plays a married long-haul trucker who begins an affair with a younger woman with tragic consequences. Tickets are available now at the Roxie's website.
The series will return the weekend of November 12-14 with thirteen films including a triple feature tribute to Robert Hossein and Jean-Pierre Melville's first film. This year's series concludes with two more Hossein classics, including the Christmas set Paris Pick-Up (Le monte-charge), on December 12. View the full line-up here.
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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