Where Film Noir Lives...Too!
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")