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Noir City DC...FINAL SCREENING TODAY: The 2012 Film Noir Festival October 20–November 1 ...along with Eddie, Foster, Bogart, Ladd, and Conte...and Garfield

[editor's note: This poster will be re-placed with NOIRCITY X Washington D.C.poster once it's available...Thanks,]

Noir City DC: The 2012 Film Noir Festival
October 20–November 1

Noir City DC returns! This year's edition includes canonical titles DARK PASSAGE, THIS GUN FOR HIRE and THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI; many fan favorites from this year's Noir City Film Festival at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, including THIEVES' HIGHWAY, THE BREAKING POINT, and the long unseen, noirish 1949 version of THE GREAT GATSBY; and several excellent lesser-known rarities, including THREE STRANGERS, recently preserved by the Film Noir Foundation.

[Film Noir Foundation founder Eddie Muller and noted film noir scholar and Film Noir Foundation board member Foster Hirsch will introduce selected shows and lead postscreening discussions.]

The Film Noir Foundation (FNF), created by writer and film historian Eddie Muller, is committed to rescuing and restoring America's noir heritage. All FNF proceeds from Noir City festivals go to finding and restoring films in danger of being lost or permanently damaged. For information on how you can join the FNF's campaign and receive its bimonthly magazine, visit FilmNoirFoundation.org.

Special thanks to the Film Noir Foundation board, including Eddie Muller, Foster Hirsch and Alan K. Rode, for their invaluable work. Additional thanks to Todd Weiner and Steven Hill, UCLA Film & Television Archive; and Film Noir Foundation member Katherine Majeed.

AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films in the Noir City DC series except UNDERWORLD.

 

 

To commemorate its 10th anniversary, NOIR CITY has returned to the source. This year's poster was created in the San Francisco apartment where Dashiell Hammett, between 1927-29, wrote Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, and The Maltese Falcon, laying the foundation for film noir.

Ms. NOIR CITY 2012, Helena Bianca Stoddard, portrays The Maltese Falcon's duplicitous Brigid O'Shaughnessy, in a variation on a scene cut from all filmed versions of the book. When one of the ten $1000 bills he's been paid to locate the Black Bird goes missing, Sam Spade demands that Brigid undress to prove she's hasn't stolen the money.

CREDITS Eddie Muller (concept, slideshow); Bill Selby (art direction); David M. Allen (photography); Helena Bianca Stoddard (Brigid O'Shaughnessy); Melissa Wagner (hair and makeup); Valentine (wardrobe); Leonardo (décor); Artie Shaw (music: "Nightmare")

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on November 1, 2012 at 12:17pm

[ATTN: ATTENDEES Of NOIR CITY X...I'M NOT QUITE SURE WHAT THE FILM NOIR FOUNDATION PLAN TO DO ABOUT THE 2 SCREENINGS THAT WEREN'T  SCREENED DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER...WE WILL SEE AND ONCE I FIND OUT I WILL POST THE INFORMATION…" HERE AT DARKNESS TO LIGHT.

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 3:49am

NOIR CITY DC is underway! This weekend is Warner Brothers Weekend and they're providing prints for two Bogart classic--KEY LARGO and DARK PASSAGE as well as the recently restored THE BREAKING POINT starring John Garfield!

For More Information Just Follow The Link To:

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[editor's note: In Order To View Film Noir Stars Up-close and Personal...Just Tap Them Twice [ In Order To Take a Closer Look...

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 2:08am

Bogie...

DEADLINE – U.S.A.
60th Anniversary!

Introduction by The Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller on Oct. 20

One of the most exciting and elegiac movies ever made about the fourth estate, as relevant today as when writer/director (and former reporter) Richard Brooks made it. Humphrey Bogart is Ed Hutcheson, veteran editor of the New York Day, which is about to be sold to its main competitor. With only hours left before the presses stop, "Hutch" decides to go out in a blaze of glory, taking down the city's biggest racketeer. An eerily prescient eulogy for old-school journalism. (Courtesy of The Film Noir Foundation)

DIR/SCR Richard Brooks; PROD Sol C. Siegel. US, 1952, b&w, 87 min. NOT RATED

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 2:08am

Bogart and Bacall...

KEY LARGO
Introduction by The Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller on Oct. 20

WWII vet Humphrey Bogart visits the Florida Keys, intending to pay his respects to the widow of a buddy who didn't make it back. But the widow is Lauren Bacall, and there's a hurricane about to roll in, and with it an ill wind that blows mobster Edward G. Robinson their way. Written and directed by John Huston — at the top of his game — with a script assist courtesy of dab hand Richard Brooks. Rounding out the stellar cast are Lionel Barrymore as Bacall's wheelchair-bound father and boozy chantoozie Claire Trevor, Robinson's mistreated moll, giving an Oscar-winning performance.

DIR/SCR John Huston; SCR Richard Brooks, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson; PROD Jerry Wald. US, 1948, b&w, 100 min. NOT RATED

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 2:08am

Goodis, Bogart and Bacall...

DARK PASSAGE
65th Anniversary!
Introduction by The Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller on Oct. 20

This is Bogart and Bacall's darkest duet, a bizarre ramble through nocturnal 1940s San Francisco, as an escaped con pursues the real culprit in his wife's murder. Startling use of the subjective-eye camera focuses on the mid-20th century city in all its noir glory. Screenplay and direction by Delmer Daves, based on the novel by David Goodis. (Courtesy of The Film Noir Foundation)

DIR/SCR Delmer Daves, based on the novel by David Goodis; PROD Jerry Wald. US, 1947, b&w, 106 min. NOT RATED

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 1:43am

Ladd...

THE GREAT GATSBY (1949)
New 35mm Print!

Introduction by The Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller on Oct. 20

Resurrected at long last! This version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel has been buried for decades, to make way for remakes. Thanks to our friends at Universal Pictures, Alan Ladd's noir-styled take on the timeless tale of shady success and unrequited love is again available, in a brand new print made exclusively for Noir City! Screenplay by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum, from a play by Owen Davis, based on Fitzgerald's novel. Directed by Elliott Nugent. Not on DVD! (Courtesy of The Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Elliott Nugent; SCR Cyril Hume, based on the play by Owen Davis and the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald; SCR/PROD Richard Maibaum. US, 1949, b&w, 91 min. NOT RATED

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 1:42am

Josef von Sternberg, and Eddie Muller...

UNDERWORLD

Live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra
85th Anniversary!
Introduction by The Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller

This was the film that launched Josef von Sternberg's career. Ben Hecht, who wrote the screenplay, won the first ever Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story (among his uncredited collaborators were Howard Hawks and von Sternberg). "Bull" Weed (George Bancroft) is the high-living kingpin of Prohibition Chicago. When a rival gangster (Fred Kohler) puts the moves on Weed's girl (Evelyn Brent), the criminal code demands retaliation. A favorite of audiences and critics alike, UNDERWORLD is credited as the first gangster film, and the model for the popular genre.

DIR Josef von Sternberg; SCR Ben Hecht, Robert N. Lee, Charles Furthman, George Marion, Jr. US, 1927, b&w, 80 min. Silent with live accompaniment. NOT RATED

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 1:41am

Ladd, Lake and Muller...

THIS GUN FOR HIRE
70th Anniversary!
Introduction by The Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller on Oct. 21

Alan Ladd skyrocketed into stardom playing vengeful assassin Philip Raven in this stylish adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel of espionage, transposed to the California coast. Veronica Lake sizzles in her first of seven onscreen pairings with Ladd, and noir favorites Laird Cregar and Marc Lawrence lend memorable support. Directed by Frank Tuttle, from a screenplay by W. R. Burnett (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE) and Albert Maltz (THE NAKED CITY). (Courtesy of The Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Frank Tuttle; SCR Albert Maltz, W. R. Burnett, based on the novel by Graham Greene. US, 1942, b&w, 81 min. NOT RATED

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 1:39am

Three Roberts and Muller...Ryan, Mitchum and Young

CROSSFIRE

65th Anniversary!
Introduction by The Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller on Oct. 21

Just back from WWII, a troop of Army soldiers kills time in Washington, DC, but one of them is suspected of a hate crime— the killing of a Jewish man after a chance encounter. Robert Young is the seen-it-all police detective; Robert Mitchum, at his blasé best, plays a cool-headed sergeant conducting his own investigation in parallel — and at times in conflict — with the cops. Robert Ryan's portrayal of the bigoted, cracked-up killer earned him his only Oscar nomination.

DIR Edward Dmytryk; SCR John Paxton, based on the novel by Richard Brooks; PROD Adrian Scott. US, 1947, b&w, 86 min. NOT RATED

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 14, 2012 at 1:35am

THIEVES' HIGHWAY
A. I. Bezzerides, Conte, Cortese, and Muller
A perennial favorite, presented in a pristine 35mm print!

Introduction by The Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller on Oct. 21

WWII vet Richard Conte drives to San Francisco to sell a load of apples — and get revenge on the crooked broker (Lee J. Cobb) who crippled his father. Shot on location in the city's once-thriving Embarcadero produce district, and featuring a terrific performance by Valentina Cortese. Screenplay by A. I. Bezzerides, from his novel "Thieves' Market." (Courtesy of The Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Jules Dassin; SCR A. I. Bezzerides, based on his novel; PROD Robert Bassler. US, 1949, b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED

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Sun, Oct 21, 3:15; Thu, Oct 25, 7:00

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