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Noir City DC: The 2013 Film Noir Festival October 19-30 2013...Join FNF Founder/author Eddie Muller,and noted film noir scholars Alan K.Rode and Foster Hirsch...

Noir City DC returns!

This year's edition includes canonical titles THE BIG CLOCK, SORRY, WRONG NUMBER and THE HITCH-HIKER; many fan favorites from this year's Noir City Film Festival (noircity.com) at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, including HELL DRIVERS, THE CHASE and THE SNIPER; plus the newest restorations funded by the Film Noir Foundation's efforts: HIGH TIDE, REPEAT PERFORMANCE and TRY AND GET ME! This year's program also includes the Library of Congress's new restoration of the uncut version of Richard Wright's NATIVE SON, and with MAN IN THE DARK and INFERNO, two examples of noir in a startling new dimension: 3-D!

Film Noir Foundation founder Eddie Muller and noted film noir scholars Foster Hirsch and Alan K. Rode will introduce selected shows and lead post-screening discussions.

 

 

The Film Noir Foundation, 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 to 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; Mike Mashon, Library of Congress; and Film Noir Foundation member Katherine Majeed.

 

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The Film Noir Foundation, 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 to 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  Alan K. Rode, Anita Mongo, Anne Hocken and  James Ellroy for their invaluable work.

[To all the stars that appeared in the Crime Films...Leaving Behind a Legacy Of Wonderful Work On Film...too !]

Additional thanks to Todd Weiner and Steven Hill, UCLA Film & Television Archive; Mike Mashon, Library of Congress; and Film Noir Foundation member Katherine Majeed.

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 17, 2013 at 2:31pm

HE WALKED BY NIGHT
65th Anniversary!

*Introduction by Foster Hirsch Oct. 19

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 Werker (SHOCK), with uncredited assistance from Anthony Mann (RAW DEAL, T-MEN). "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 (UK). (Note courtesy of Noir City.)

DIR Alfred L. Werker; SCR John C. Higgins, Crane Wilbur; PROD Bryan Foy, Robert Kane. US, 1948, b&w, 79 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

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INTRUDER IN THE DUST

*Introduction by Foster Hirsch Oct. 19

Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner's 1948 novel is a high-minded piece of crime fiction, written as atonement for the mistreatment of blacks in his native South. Proud African American farmer Lucas Beauchamp (Juano Hernandez, in a memorable portrayal) is a defiant Mississippi landowner accused of murdering a white man. When the county's most prominent lawyer (David Brian) refuses to defend him, it's up to a young boy (Claude Jarman, Jr.) to stand up to the vigilantes and help solve the crime. (Note courtesy of Noir City.)

DIR/PROD Clarence Brown; SCR Ben Maddow, from the novel by William Faulkner. US, 1949, b&w, 87 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

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THE SNIPER

*Introduction by Foster Hirsch at both shows

San Francisco is the backdrop for one of the first movies about a modern serial killer. Decades before such stories became commonplace, husband and wife writers Edna and Edward Anhalt researched dozens of actual cases to create this psychological "exposé" of a murderous misfit who wants to be caught, but finds it too easy to slip into the margins of a bustling post-WWII metropolis. Arthur Franz gives an edgy performance as the psychologically scarred sniper, whose murderous trail leads viewers on a fascinating tour of mid-century San Francisco, from Pacific Heights through the back alleys of North Beach to the once-industrial China Basin. (Note courtesy of Noir City.)

DIR Edward Dmytryk; SCR Harry Brown, story by Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt; PROD Stanley Kramer. US, 1952, b&w, 88 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

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actor JOHN GARFIELD'S CENTENNIAL BODY AND SOUL

*Introduction by Foster Hirsch Oct. 19

"Everybody dies." Mobbed-up boxing champ Charley Davis (John Garfield, in one of his definitive roles) wakes up screaming, haunted by guilt over the death of a friend and self-loathing for the fight he's about to throw. In flashback, he recalls how things were when he was a fresh-faced contender, and still had the love of good-girl Peg (Lilli Palmer) and his own self-respect. Now what: take a dive and cash in? Or stand up and fight? This film is something of a who's who of HUAC casualties: director Robert Rossen testified under pressure, while the careers of screenwriter Abraham Polonsky, Garfield and costars Anne Revere, Canada Lee and Lloyd Gough all suffered from blacklisting. James Wong Howe's innovative photography–close up on the fighters in the ring, including then-unheard-of handheld shots and roller-skating dolly shots–has been hugely influential on subsequent action cinematography.

DIR Robert Rossen; SCR Abraham Polonsky; PROD Bob Roberts. US, 1947, b&w, 104 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

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THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

*Introduction by Foster Hirsch Oct. 20

John Garfield stars as a Depression-era drifter who answers a "man wanted" sign at a backroads restaurant where Lana Turner waits like a black widow for someone to help her bump off the husband she hates. Adapted from the classic hardboiled novel by James M. Cain, Garfield and Turner ignite the screen with their wicked passion. "This is the perfect film noir, harsh and heartless in its delineation of character, disclosing a rancid evil." –Charles Higham and Joel Greenberg, "Hollywood In The Forties."

DIR Tay Garnett; SCR Harry Ruskin, Niven Busch, from the novel by James M. Cain; PROD Carey Wilson. US, 1946, b&w, 113 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

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THE BIG CLOCK
65th Anniversary!

*Introduction by Foster Hirsch Oct. 19

The editor of America's most popular true-crime magazine (Ray Milland) finds himself framed for murder after tangling with his tyrannical Rupert Murdoch-like publisher, played with sinister relish by Charles Laughton. One of the greatest suspense films of all time, based on the famed novel by Kenneth Fearing. (Note courtesy of Noir City.)

DIR/PROD John Farrow; SCR Jonathan Latimer, from the novel by Kenneth Fearing; PROD Richard Maibaum. US, 1948, b&w, 95 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

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SORRY, WRONG NUMBER
65th Anniversary!

*Introduction by Foster Hirsch Oct. 20

Confined to a bed in her Manhattan penthouse, invalid heiress Barbara Stanwyck busies herself calling around town keeping tabs on wandering husband Burt Lancaster. When a crossed wire results in her overhearing someone else's conversation–the plotting of a murder–the already tightly wound Stanwyck goes hysterical, calling frantically in search of someone who will believe her. Adapted from a radio play, the twist-ridden finale will please film noir fans. Stanwyck's fourth Oscar nomination.

DIR/PROD Anatole Litvak; SCR Lucille Fletcher; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1948, b&w, 89 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

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THE WINDOW
Restored 35mm Print, Courtesy of The Film Noir Foundation

*Introduction by Foster Hirsch Oct. 20

A young boy in a New York tenement witnesses a murder, but no one, not even his own parents, believes him, except his upstairs neighbors...the killers! A fantastic cast helps make this the best adaptation ever of a Woolrich story, and one of the greatest suspense films of all time. (Note courtesy of Noir City.)

DIR Ted Tetzlaff; SCR Mel Dinelli, story by Cornell Woolrich; PROD Frederic Ullman, Jr., Dore Schary. US, 1949, b&w, 73 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

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