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NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR...at the Egyptian Theatre /Fri, Mar 21, 2014 - Sun, Apr 6, 2014

NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR

Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation

In March, the American Cinematheque brings film noir back to the big screen in Los Angeles! Co-presented with the Film Noir Foundation, our 16th annual Noir City festival will present three weeks of jaded gumshoes, femmes fatale and menacing heavies in gloriously gritty black-and-white. These evenings round up the form’s usual suspects as well as rarely screened gems, including the Foundation’s new 35mm restoration of TOO LATE FOR TEARS and new 35mm print of SOUTHSIDE 1-1000! Whether you’re a noir novice or well acquainted with this postwar demimonde of crime and (occasionally) punishment, Noir City is well worth a visit.

 

This year’s astounding lineup of films shows the genre’s popularity around the world with evenings devoted to French (TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN, RIFIFI, JENNY LAMOUR), British (IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY, BRIGHTON ROCK) and Italian (OSSESSIONE) noir. We remember a trio of talented actresses who died in 2013 with noir nights devoted to Joan Fontaine (BORN TO BE BAD, IVY), Eleanor Parker (CAGED, DETECTIVE STORY) and Audrey Totter (TENSION, ALIAS NICK BEAL). We’ve also got tributes to actor Dan Duryea, writer David Goodis and director Hugo Fregonese, and more.

 

 

Join Eddie Muller and FNF co-director Alan K. Rode as they host another edifying and entertaining excursion into the dark recesses of Hollywood’s most lasting artistic movement - film noir.

Series programmed by Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.

This year's closing-weekend party is on Saturday, April 6 and will feature film, live music from Dean Mora's Swingtet, martinis, gambling, and other noirish activities - come dressed as a femme fatale, gumshoe or gangster!

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Egyptian TheatreFri, Mar 21, 2014 - Sun, Apr 6, 2014
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 11:58pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
Dan Duryea Double Feature! Opening Night!
TOO LATE FOR TEARS / LARCENY
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
Introduction by Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.
Restored 35mm Print!
TOO LATE FOR TEARS
1949, 99 min, USA, Dir: Byron Haskin

A ruthless housewife is determined to keep an ill-gotten satchel of cash, even if it means murder. One of the great noirs of the classic era, long thought lost but now returned to the big screen! Starring Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, and Arthur Kennedy.

LARCENY

1948, Universal, 89 min, USA, Dir: George Sherman

Here’s one of Dan Duryea’s most obscure titles, also notable for being the first foray into film noir for crooner John Payne (of 99 RIVER STREET and KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL fame). The two slicks play hustlers trying to bilk a war widow (Joan Caulfield) out of her money. Things really heat up when pistol-packing Shelley Winters, who has a thing for both men, hits town. Wisecracking scriptwriter Bill Bowers has a field day with all the slang-spewing sass.


Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Fri, Mar 21, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 11:52pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
Joan Fontaine Double Feature!
BORN TO BE BAD / IVY
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.
BORN TO BE BAD
1950, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Ray

Joan Fontaine looks sweet and innocent on the surface, but after she steals millionaire Zachary Scott away from another woman, she continues an illicit affair with novelist Robert Ryan. Things just get more complicated from there in this energetic, daring and slightly nasty little melodrama. One of Nicholas Ray's best early films, and certainly his most audacious until JOHNNY GUITAR. With Mel Ferrer - and the original deleted ending !

Ultra-Rare Screening!

IVY
1947, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Sam Wood

Joan Fontaine memorably portrays an amoral Edwardian vixen whose hobby of seducing wayward men becomes the road to perdition. Fontaine’s tour de force performance occurred in a role originally intended for her sister Olivia de Havilland! A distinguished British cast includes Patric Knowles, Herbert Marshall and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. NOT ON DVD!

Screening format: 35mm | BORN TO BE BAD print from the collection of George Eastman House.
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, Mar 22, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 11:46pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
French-American Noir Double Feature!
TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN / RIFIFI
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation

The screening of TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN is part of our monthly series of treasures from the Cohen Film Collection.

Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.
TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN
DEUX HOMMES DANS MANHATTAN
1959, Cohen Film, 84 min, France, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

When a French delegate to the United Nations vanishes into thin air, two French journalists comb nocturnal Manhattan in search of answers. Melville's obsession with the look and sound of American culture is given free rein in this jazzily directed homage to film noir and New York. In French and English with English subtitles.

RIFIFI

1955, Rialto Pictures, 122 min, France, Dir: Jules Dassin

Back from the pen, tough guy Jean Servais rejoins his cronies and freshly imported safecracker César the Milanese (Dassin himself, billed as Perlo Vita) for a little jewelry store smash-and-grab job - but Servais wants the whole works! The central heist is an edge-of-your-seat, 30-minute sequence without dialogue or music, so detailed that it provided a feasible blueprint for real-life pros. "A vivid exercise that more or less invented the idea of French film noir. ... For the French, RIFIFI had Hollywood pizzazz; for Americans, it had Continental sophistication. For both, it seemed to possess an authoritative naturalism." – J. Hoberman. "The best film noir I have ever seen. A marvel of skill and inventiveness." - François Truffaut. In French with English subtitles.

Screening formats: DCP (TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN) and 35mm (RIFIFI)
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Mar 23, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 9:21pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
British Noir Double Feature!
IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY / BRIGHTON ROCK
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY
1947, Rialto, 92 min, UK, Dir: Robert Hamer

A former barmaid, now the harried matriarch of a family in impoverished Bethnal Green, jeopardizes everything when she shelters the escaped fugitive who was once her lover. A slice-of-life noir and prototype of British “kitchen sink” drama. Googie Withers stars.

BRIGHTON ROCK
1947, Rialto, 92 min, UK, Dir: John Boulting

This archetypal British noir tells the taut and tragic tale of young gangster Pinkie (Richard Attenborough) and the turmoil he brings to a beleaguered resort town trying to emerge from the ruins of war. Voted #15 in BFI's poll of Britain's greatest films.


Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Wed, Mar 26, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 9:13pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
Eleanor Parker Double Feature!
CAGED / DETECTIVE STORY
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
CAGED
1950, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: John Cromwell

Flat-out the best “women behind bars” movie ever made. Sentenced to prison for her role in a failed robbery that killed her husband, vulnerable innocent Marie Allen (Oscar-nominated Eleanor Parker) undergoes a degrading transformation in “the joint.” Parker gives the performance of her career, supported by a cell block of sensational actresses: Agnes Moorehead, Hope Emerson, Betty Garde, Jan Sterling, Lee Patrick, Jane Darwell and many more. A classic!

DETECTIVE STORY
1951, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: William Wyler

Eleanor Parker’s second Best Actress nomination in as many years is a memorable turn as the unfortunate wife of tormented NYPD detective Kirk Douglas in a splendid screen adaptation of Sidney Kingsley’s hit play. Powerfully helmed by William Wyler and nominated for four Academy Awards. Co-starring William Bendix, Lee Grant, George Macready, Cathy O’Donnell, Horace McMahon, Gladys George, Joseph Wiseman, Gerald Mohr and Frank Faylen.


Screening formats: 35mm (CAGED) and DCP (DETECTIVE STORY)
Egyptian Theatre • Thu, Mar 27, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 8:12pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
French & American Noir Double Feature!
JENNY LAMOUR / ANGELS OVER BROADWAY
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.
JENNY LAMOUR
QUAI DES ORFÈVRES
1947, Rialto Pictures, 102 min, France, Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Maurice (Bertrand Blier), the jealous husband of ambitious cabaret chanteuse Jenny (Suzy Delair), is blamed for murder when a lecherous movie producer turns up dead. Director Henri-Georges Clouzot spins a classic police procedural, following dauntless Inspector Antoine (French actor Louis Jouvet, in his greatest role) as he doggedly goes about untying the knots in this delightfully perplexing, character-driven mystery. In French with English subtitles.

ANGELS OVER BROADWAY

1940, Sony Repertory, 79 min, USA, Dir: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes

An off-beat, mordant melodrama that was written, directed and produced by the great Ben Hecht. A con-man (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) lures a suicidal embezzler into a rigged poker game with an unemployed chanteuse (Rita Hayworth) only to have the tables turned by a boozing playwright (Thomas Mitchell in a superb performance). Hecht received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay with co-director Lee Garmes providing the shadowed cinematography.


Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Fri, Mar 28, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 8:01pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
Los Angeles Noir Double Feature!
SOUTHSIDE 1-1000 / ROADBLOCK
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.
New 35mm Print! SOUTHSIDE 1-1000
1950, Warner Bros., 73 min, USA, Dir: Boris Ingster

Slam-bang crime drama courtesy of the King Brothers is highlighted by downtown L.A., Hollywood and San Quentin prison locations as Don DeFore goes undercover to smash up a counterfeiting ring. Sultry Andrea King, George Tobias, Barry Kelley and Morris Ankrum co-star.

ROADBLOCK

1951, Warner Bros., 73 min, USA, Dir: Harold Daniels

After several years of playing tenacious cops or cruel gunmen, character actor Charles McGraw was elevated to leading-man status by RKO boss Howard Hughes, becoming the studio's "B" version of Bob Mitchum. Nobody could clip off dialogue like McGraw. In this prototypical noir, he finally reveals a soft center, as an insurance investigator who goes crooked trying to satisfy an avaricious dame (Joan Dixon).


Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, Mar 29, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 7:57pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
Audrey Totter Double Feature!
TENSION / ALIAS NICK BEAL
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.
TENSION
1949, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: John Berry

Vampy sexpot Audrey Totter is married to mild-mannered druggist Richard Basehart - but she sleeps with every “real man” she sees. So Basehart takes the noir way out - kill his wife’s lover and disappear into a new identity. But cops Barry Sullivan and William Conrad smell a rat. Then Audrey and Barry eye each other ... and the tension is stretched to the breaking point. John Berry’s expert direction steamrolls plot holes flat - and Audrey is a 100-proof hoot.

ALIAS NICK BEAL
1949, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow

A true noir rarity! The Faust legend is played out as a supernatural noir thriller, with Ray Milland as the suave devil tempting ambitious DA Thomas Mitchell and fallen woman Audrey Totter in this dark and devious doppelgänger of Capra's IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.


Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Mar 30, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 7:51pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
OSSESSIONE
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
OSSESSIONE
1943, 131 min, Italy, Dir: Luchino Visconti

Based on James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, the first acclaimed work of Italian neorealism is a gritty, earthy (and unlicensed) adaptation of the famous noir novella, much closer in tone and spirit to Cain’s tale than the 1946 Hollywood version. Clara Calamai and Massimo Girotti burn up the screen as the doomed lovers, but Visconti makes the story as much about poverty as about lust and greed. The film was reviled and banned by Italy’s Fascist government, and MGM (legal holder of the movie rights) confiscated and destroyed all the prints it could find. Yet OSSESSIONE survives, a stunning hybrid of noir and neorealism - the director’s first masterpiece. In Italian with English subtitles.


Egyptian Theatre • Wed, Apr 2, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Comment by Darkness To Light... on March 13, 2014 at 7:48pm
NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
Hugo Fregonese Double Feature!
HARDLY A CRIMINAL / ONE WAY STREET
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation
HARDLY A CRIMINAL
APENAS UN DELINCUENTE
1949, Film Noir Foundation, 88 min, Argentina, Dir: Hugo Fregonese

A bank employee (Jorge Salcedo) uses a loophole in Argentine law to concoct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement after serving six years in prison. A vivid cross between NAKED CITY and BRUTE FORCE, and an evocative look at mid-20th century Buenos Aires. In Spanish with English subtitles.

ONE WAY STREET
1950, Universal, 79 min, USA, Dir: Hugo Fregonese

Even though he had just begun his American film career, James Mason already had his doomed-fugitive persona down pat in ODD MAN OUT and THE RECKLESS MOMENT. Here he’s a disillusioned doctor who feels responsible for his wife’s death and believes he’s only worthy of patching up wounded criminals. Deciding to take a gamble, he tricks Los Angeles gang boss Dan Duryea out of his latest haul, as well as absconding with Duryea’s more than willing moll, Marta Toren. The pair head for Mexico with the swag – but can they outrun Duryea’s seemingly limitless reach?


Egyptian Theatre • Thu, Apr 3, 2014 • 7:30pm
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