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NOIR CITY Celebrates 15 Years in Hollywood...at the Egyptian Theatre...April 5 - 21, 2013

 

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Hollywood & Santa Monica
Fri, April 5 - Sun, April 21
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New Restorations!

Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir [THE IMAGES AND ALL THE INFORMATION IS COPY-RIGHTED@ BY THE FILM NOIR FOUNDATION AND THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE]

The Film Noir Foundation and The American Cinematheque once again combine forces for NOIR CITY: Hollywood, April 5-21, marking the 15th anniversary of the popular film noir festival at the Egyptian Theatre.

In addition to the FNF's most recent restorations, Try and Get Me! (1950), Repeat Performance (1949), and High Tide (1948), the three-week schedule includes many titles exclusive to this year's Los Angeles shows, including He Walked by Night, House by the River, The Case Against Brooklyn, City Across the River, Chicago Calling, Night Has 1000 Eyes, No Way Out, So Dark the Night, Appointment with a Shadow—and an ultra-rare 35mm screening of Guilty Bystander!

 

 

The redoubtable Alan K. Rode will be anchoring the lion's share of the hosting duties, with FNF prez Eddie Muller in for the first and final weekends. This year's festival concludes with a gala closing night party on Sunday, April 21 to commemorate the festival's 15th anniversary. They'll be booze, gambling, and dancing to Dean Mora's Modern Swing-tet—all that plus a mood-setting screening of

 

Jean Negulesco's Road House (1948) featuring the luscious Ida Lupino. Go here for details.

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 11:16am
Cy Endfield Double Feature! Opening Night!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
TRY AND GET ME / HELL DRIVERS
Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation
TRY AND GET ME (originally released as THE SOUND OF FURY) has been restored by the Film Noir Foundation so that it may be experienced in its original form by future generations and assume its rightful status as one of the great films of its era.

New 35mm Restoration!

TRY AND GET ME

1951, Film Noir Foundation, 91 min, USA, Dir: Cy Endfield

The true story of a shocking 1934 kidnapping and murder in San Jose provided the inspiration for one of the most compelling—and unjustly neglected—masterpieces of film noir. Ex-GI Howard Tyler (Frank Lovejoy), struggling to support his family, meets flashy hoodlum Jerry Slocum (Lloyd Bridges), who eases the gullible Howard into a lucrative life of crime. Their escapade turns dark and desperate when Jerry takes hostage the son of a wealthy local businessman. One of the last films made in the U.S. by blacklisted writer/director Cy Endfield before he relocated to England, TRY AND GET ME (originally released as THE SOUND OF FURY) has been restored by the Film Noir Foundation so that it may be experienced in its original form by future generations and assume its rightful status as one of the great films of its era. NOT ON DVD!

HELL DRIVERS

1957, Park Circus, 101 min, UK, Dir: Cy Endfield

An ex-con (Stanley Baker) trying to go straight takes a job driving for a corrupt trucking company, where the bosses pit the drivers against each other in a dangerous competition that leads to higher profits and ... death! Peggy Cummins is the saucy secretary who flirts her way through an array of up-and-coming stars. A gear-grinding masterpiece!

 

Egyptian Theatre • Fri, April 5 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 11:15am
Show Business Noir Double Feature!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
SUNSET BOULEVARD / THE OTHER WOMAN
Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation
New Digital Restoration!
SUNSET BOULEVARD
1950, Paramount, 110 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder
"I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. De Mille!" Director Billy Wilder created one of his most enduring masterpieces in this dark, glittering poison pen letter to all things Hollywood, told in flashback by screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden), whose final job is playing paid-companion to egocentric, aging silent film goddess Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). With Erich von Stroheim. Academy Award Winner for Best Screenplay (Wilder, Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman, Jr.) and Score (Franz Waxman). The original Schwab’s drugstore figures prominently in the film, as does Paramount Studios and the still-standing Alto Nido apartments
Archival Print!

THE OTHER WOMAN
1954, 20th Century Fox, 81 min, USA, Dir: Hugo Haas

When megalomaniacal film director Walter Darman (Hugo Haas) fires no-talent actress Sherry Stewart (Cleo Moore) from his latest artistic opus, the shamed sexpot schemes revenge. She drugs Darman, convinces him they’ve shared a night of scandalous debauchery and begins the blackmail. But this is a director with experience at rewriting other people’s scripts… NOT ON DVD!

Screening formats: DCP (SUNSET BOULEVARD) and 35mm (THE OTHER WOMAN)
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, April 6 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 11:07am
Alfred Werker/Richard Basehart Double Feature!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
REPEAT PERFORMANCE / HE WALKED BY NIGHT
Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation

REPEAT PERFORMANCE 35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive; preservation funding provided by The Film Noir Foundation.

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

1947, Film Noir Foundation, 91 min, USA, Dir: Alfred L. Werker

Consider it the noir version of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Broadway actress Sheila Page (Joan Leslie) rings in the New Year by shooting her husband to death. She blurts out a confession to her friend, poet William Williams (Richard Basehart), but as she leads him to the crime scene ... the preceding year begins again! Will Sheila be able to correct what went so dreadfully wrong, or will Fate demand a ... REPEAT PERFORMANCE? Back-stabbing backstage melodrama crossed with “The Twilight Zone.” NOT ON DVD!

HE WALKED BY NIGHT
1948, Park Circus/MGM, 79 min, USA, Dir: Alfred L. Werker

In this landmark noir, a psychotic loner (Richard Basehart) uses his genius for electronics to commit robberies while evading the police. When he graduates to murder, L.A.’s finest, including tough Scott Brady and methodical Jack Webb (who was immediately inspired to create "Dragnet"), pull out a few modern techniques of their own. The cops launch an all-out manhunt to snare the clever crook, tracking him through - and beneath - cityscapes stunningly photographed by the greatest of all noir cinematographers, John Alton. Directed by Alfred L. Werker (SHOCK), with uncredited assistance from Anthony Mann (RAW DEAL, T-MEN). Don’t miss this classic in all of its 35mm glory! "Basehart is excellent as the strange, lone wolf electronics expert/killer, an enigmatic threat haunting the paranoid dreams of the witch-hunting era." - Time Out (London)

Screening formats: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, April 7 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 10:56am
Fritz Lang Double Feature!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
HOUSE BY THE RIVER / SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR
Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation

SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR lovingly restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation.

HOUSE BY THE RIVER
1950, Kino Lorber, 88 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Struggling novelist Stephen Byrne (Louis Hayward) makes a play for his maid, and when she resists he impulsively murders her. Thus begins the web of evil that Byrne spins, drawing in his wife (Jane Wyatt) and brother (Lee Bowman) as his crimes pile up. Director Fritz Lang pours on the atmosphere in this eerie melodrama.

SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR
1948, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Director Fritz Lang jumped (with abandon) onto the 1940s Freudian bandwagon with this wildly symbolic cinematic fright ride. On a pre-wedding holiday, Joan Bennett meets the real man of her dreams (Michael Redgrave), who sweeps her off her feet and into a nightmarish honeymoon that's a cross between REBECCA and BLUEBEARD. Ridiculous but visually stunning!

Egyptian Theatre • Wed, April 10 • 7:30pm

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 10:52am
Brooklyn Noir Double Feature!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN / CITY ACROSS THE RIVER
THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN
1958, Sony Repertory, 82 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

A rookie cop (Darren McGavin) lays it all on the line when he goes undercover to checkmate the Syndicate and police corruption in Brooklyn. This fact-based film, adapted from crime reporter Ed Reid's story, was scripted by uncredited, blacklisted scribes Bernard Gordon (under the pseudonym Raymond T. Marcus) and Julian Zimet, and contains plenty of action and noir-stained ambiguity. Co-starring Maggie Hayes, Warren Stevens, Peggy McKay, Emile Meyer and Joe Turkel. NOT ON DVD!

CITY ACROSS THE RIVER
1949, Universal, 90 min, USA, Dir: Maxwell Shane

Perhaps Hollywood's earliest treatment of urban youth gangs and juvenile delinquency, with the Amboy Dukes (a young Tony Curtis, Mickey Knox, Richard Jaeckel, Al Ramsen and Joshua Kelley) pitted against a cast-against-type Stephen McNally as a crusading community-center leader in Brooklyn. With the great Thelma Ritter, Jeff Corey, Richard Benedict and Anabel Shaw. This forerunner of better-remembered films including REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE is very rarely screened. NOT ON DVD!

Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation
Screening formats: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Thu, April 11 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 10:50am
Cornell Woolrich Double Feature! New 35mm Prints!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
STREET OF CHANCE / NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation

Universal Pictures struck this brand-new 35mm print of NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES exclusively for Noir City!

STREET OF CHANCE

1942, Universal, 74 min, USA, Dir: Jack Hively

The very first adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich suspense novel for the big screen! A man loses his memory after being struck by a falling beam, and as he struggles to piece his life together he realizes he has lived the preceding year as another person. Is it all a tortured twist of fate or a sinister, calculated plot? NOT ON DVD!

NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
1948, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow

"This gift, which I never asked for and don’t understand, has brought me only unhappiness!" Edward G. Robinson gives a doom-laden performance as a bogus carnival "mentalist" who becomes cursed with the ability to see into the future. John Farrow, a director at his most stylish in noir terrain, adapts from the novel by master of suspense Cornell Woolrich (REAR WINDOW). Co-starring Gail Russell (THE UNINVITED) and John Lund (NO MAN OF HER OWN), and featuring gorgeous camerawork from John Seitz (DOUBLE INDEMNITY). NOT ON DVD!

 

Egyptian Theatre • Fri, April 12 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 10:48am
John Reinhart Double Feature!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
HIGH TIDE / CHICAGO CALLING
Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation

35mm preservation print of HIGH TIDE courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive; preservation funding provided by The Film Noir Foundation.

New 35mm Restoration!

HIGH TIDE
1947, Film Noir Foundation, 74 min, USA, Dir: John Reinhardt

A crusading newspaper editor (Lee Tracy) gets more than he bargained for when he hires a private dick (Don Castle) to protect him from riled-up gangsters. Set in locations all over Los Angeles, this film is as witty and moody as any B-noir of the era. NOT ON DVD!

Ultra-Rare Print!

CHICAGO CALLING

1952, Warner Bros., 75 min, USA, Dir: John Reinhardt

An unemployed, drunken photographer (Dan Duryea) returns to his Bunker Hill apartment and is greeted by his wife and daughter who are leaving him for good. A heartbreaking odyssey transpires on the streets of downtown L.A. with a desperate Duryea, in one of his finest screen performances, attempting to save both his family and himself. Beautifully helmed by John Reinhardt with Mary Anderson, Gordon Gebert and Ross Elliott.

Screening formats: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, April 13 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 10:42am
Intoxicated Noir Double Feature!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
APPOINTMENT WITH A SHADOW / GUILTY BYSTANDER
Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation
APPOINTMENT WITH A SHADOW
1957, Universal, 72 min, USA, Dir: Richard Carlson

George Nader stars in this CinemaScope noir as an alcoholic reporter who gives up liquor to go after a big story. Joanna Moore and Brian Keith costar; actor Richard Carlson steps behind the camera to direct. NOT ON DVD!


Ultra-Rare! Archival Print!

GUILTY BYSTANDER
1950, BFI, 91 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Lerner

Alcoholic ex-cop Max Thursday (Zachary Scott) lives a dingy existence as house detective for a run-down hotel. When his ex-wife shows up and tells him that his son has been kidnapped, it’s just what Thursday needs to spring into action and reclaim his old enthusiasm.

Screening formats: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, April 14 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 10:36am
Robert Siodmak Double Feature!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
CRY OF THE CITY / THE KILLERS
CRY OF THE CITY
1948, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

Perhaps the best realized of director Robert Siodmak’s films noir indelibly relates the enduring theme (based on Henry Helseth’s novel The Chair for Martin Rome) of neighborhood pals who tread divergent courses. Victor Mature becomes a lawman, Richard Conte goes crooked. The two square off all across Manhattan with tragic results. Siodmak eschewed the semi-documentary style then in vogue at Fox creating instead a vivid, Expressionistic urban landscape that ideally suited this mythic mid-20th-century tale of good and evil. Co-starring Shelley Winters, Fred Clark and that Amazonian nightmare, Hope Emerson.

THE KILLERS (1946)
1946, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

The CITIZEN KANE of film noir that begins with the ending - "I did something wrong ... once" - and moves backward through interweaving flashbacks to reveal the layer of double crosses that led to the opening scene. The script by Anthony Veiller (with an uncredited assist from John Huston) takes the first 10 minutes from Hemingway's short story and then spirals into the noir netherworld that Robert Siodmak depicted better than any other director. The smoldering sexuality between Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner catapulted both to super-stardom. With Edmond O’Brien and Jeff Corey.

Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation
Screening formats: DCP (CRY OF THE CITY) and 35mm (THE KILLERS)
Egyptian Theatre • Wed, April 17 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 1, 2013 at 10:35am
Joseph H. Lewis Double Feature! Archival Prints!
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir
UNDERCOVER MAN / SO DARK THE NIGHT
Presented in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation
UNDERCOVER MAN
1949, Sony Repertory, 85 min, USA, Dir: Joseph H. Lewis

Film noir master Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY) directs a stellar cast that includes Glenn Ford, Nina Foch and James Whitmore (in his movie debut). The story, loosely based on the exploits of Al Capone, follows a mob kingpin being hunted by feds looking to convict him on tax-evasion charges.

SO DARK THE NIGHT
1948, Sony Repertory, 71 min, USA, Dir: Joseph H. Lewis

Parisian detective Henri Cassin (Stephen Geray) takes a much-needed vacation to the French countryside after his doctor recommends he take some time off work. The only problem: a pair of young lovers who disappear and force Cassin into action. Another film noir gem from director Joseph H. Lewis. NOT ON DVD!

Screening formats: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Thu, April 18 • 7:30pm
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