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.
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
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
The Arthur Lyons' Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs was cancelled for 2020 "due to the challenges of producing the festival during the COVID pandemic." The 2021 edition of the festival will take place October 21 through October 24.
In the absence of live events, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival has moved online to continue to bring our audience engaging content. Masterclasses with amazing musicians, an online version of our beloved Amazing Tales from the Archives program, member screenings and more—check out SFSFF online today!
Midcentury Productions' events in Los Angeles and San Francisco were delayed in 2020 due to COVID. "Here is what's likely to occur in San Francisco as soon as it's possible to return. Our Georges Simenon series will be restructured. Our special Jean Gabin event will be revamped and rescheduled. We expect to have several all-day weekend events as well, to preview our approach for the 2021 edition of THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT, which will combine past festival favorites with more unseen rarities from "the lost continent" of French noir."
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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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Share our posts with your friends; your love of the art form is the Foundation's biggest asset in its mission to preserve and restore classics of the genre. We are also fully committed to present our rescued films in the way they were meant to be seen: in 35mm at our NOIR CITY festivals around the country.
The Film Noir Foundation has launched a monthly live stream on our Facebook page in which Eddie answers questions submitted by our e‑mail subscribers.
All previous broadcasts are available on our YouTube broadcast archives page.
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Thursday, September 9, 16 and 23 at 7:00 pm PT. Broadcasts are available to watch on our YouTube channel the following day.
Here are the winners of the FNF's NOIR CITY e-mag #32 donation drive held September 9 - 17, 2021:
★ The winner of The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of The Asphalt Jungle (1950): Allan Smith, Hopewell, NJ
★ The winner of The Criterion Collection's DVD release of The Asphalt Jungle (1950): Bob Bryant, Mount Airy, MD
★ The winner of The French Collection - two Jacques Tardi works from Fantagraphics Books -- Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell and Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge, plus a Kino-Lorber Blu-ray of Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Doulos from Eddie Muller's collection in honor of Jean-Paul Belmondo: John R. Turner, Jr., Highland Beach, FL
★ The winner of an original 1949 magazine ad of The Reckless Moment from the FNF's historical collection, plus the Indicator limited edition (now out-of-print) region-free Blu-ray of the 1949 film: Ana Roland, Austin, TX
★ The winner of The Criterion Collection's new release of Nightmare Alley (1947), plus two international noir films – Pale Flower (Japan 1964) from The Criterion Collection and, from the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a special-edition DVD of The Murderers Are among Us (Germany 1946), plus two Jacques Tardi works from Fantagraphics Books -- Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell and Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge is: Anthony Hood, Olathe, KS
★ The new-subscriber winner of The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of The Asphalt Jungle (1950) is: Craig Rizzi, Carlsbad, CA
★ The new-subscriber winner of Flicker Alley's Blu-ray/DVD release of the FNF's restoration of The Man Who Cheated Himself is: Molly Haskell, New York, NY
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Film Noir Foundation! A reminder that anyone who contributes $20 or more to the FNF and signs up our mailing list always receives a free year's subscription to NOIR CITY e-magazine. Contributors may receive additional FNF thank you gifts depending on the amount of the donation.
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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