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NOIR CITY 16 - January 26-February 4, 2018 - Castro Theatre

NOIR CITY 17: Films and Fun Help Fund FNF Restorations

Celebrating its 17th year, NOIR CITY, the largest annual film noir festival in the world, returned to the majestic Castro Theatre January 25-February 3, 2019 for its most successful festival yet. Film Noir Foundation prez Eddie Muller took audiences on a deep dive into a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema, the 1950s.

This year's program extended last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that tracked noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.

Opening Night, January 25, featured the world premiere of the FNF's latest 35mm restoration, Trapped—a 1949 noir from short-lived Eagle-Lion Films, starring Lloyd Bridges and scandal-plagued starlet Barbara Payton. A surprise guest appeared on stage with Muller after the screening. Mark Fleischer, the son of the film's director, Richard Fleischer shared some personal insights into his father's life and work.

In addition to presenting 24 classic films, NOIR CITY also offered up live musical performances, nightly on-stage trivia games and two parties. Prior to the opening night screening, Passport (full series) holders were treated to an opening night reception including food, music and the chance to have their photo taken with FNF prez and NOIR ALLEY host Eddie Muller, courtesy of Turner Movie Classics who provided a special NOIR ALLEY backdrop and a photographer.

On Monday, January 28, NOIR CITY patrons were treated to an after-party at local bar Last Rites. This year's (and last year's) Ms. NOIR CITY Annabelle Zakaluk performed two sets of songs from the "Golden Age of Noir", accompanied by her usual partners in crime, Nick Rossi and Mikiya Matsuda. A portion of the proceeds of each Maker's Mark NOIR CITY cocktail special sold was donated to the FNF.

On Wednesday, January 30, FNF board member Alan K. Rode signed copies of his book Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film on the mezzanine of the Castro Theatre. He also introduced that night's screening of Curtiz's The Scarlet Hour (1956), which played on a double bill with another '56 film A Kiss Before Dying, directed by Gerd Oswald.

The following night, Thursday, January 31, Philippe Garnier signed his biography Goodis: A Life in Black and White, also on the Castro mezzanine. That night's 1957 double bill honored the subject of Garnier's book, pulp writer David Goodis: Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall based on Goodis' novel and the author's screenplay adaption of his own book, The Burglar, directed by Paul Wendkos.

Saturday night, February 2, Muller announced the this year's $5,000 FNF-Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant winner: Janine Winfree of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation/George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. A heart-felt acceptance video by Ms. Winfree screened for the appreciative San Francisco audience. The FNF's charitable grant, funded by the Mysel family in honor of the late film preservationist Nancy Mysel who supervised FNF restorations of The Prowler and Cry Danger, grants funding to students enrolled in film restoration and preservation studies.

As in year's past, all of this year's box office earnings will go towards the Film Noir Foundation's restorations efforts. According to FNF founder and president Eddie Muller, "NOIR CITY remains the only film festival in America in which 100% of the box office proceeds directly go to funding the restoration of films."

Couldn't make it to San Francisco for the festival? Don't worry, NOIR CITY will take its show on the road with satellite festivals in Seattle, Hollywood, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington D.C. You'll have a wonderful time and help to support the FNF's restoration efforts.

NOIR CITY 17 photos by Dennis Hearne. More of Dennis' photo coverage of NOIR CITY 17 can be found on Facebook - the Usual Suspects. There's more pictorial coverage on our Instagram page.

Friday, Jan 25  1950


Saturday, Jan 26, Matinée  1951

THE WELL  1:30

Saturday, Jan 26, Evening  1952


Sunday, Jan 27  1953

PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET  1:00, 4:30, 8:50

Monday, Jan 28  1954


Tuesday, Jan 29  1955


Wednesday, Jan 30  1956


Thursday, January 31  1957


Friday, Feb 1  1958


Saturday, Feb 2, Matinée  1959


Saturday, Feb 2, Evening  1960

PSYCHO  9:15

Sunday, Feb 3  1961

UNDERWORLD USA 1:00, 4:40, 8:40
BLAST OF SILENCE  3:00, 7:00

NOIR CITY 17 Film Festival

Turner Classic Movies


Kino Lorber

Ann Chernow

Stookeys Catering

Beck's Motor Lodge

Cafe Mediterranee

Amoeba Music


The Walt Disney Family Museum

Paul's Hatworks

Last Rites Bar

Warner Archive

TCM Noir Alley

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Berlin & Beyond Film Festival

Decades of Fashion

Tosca Cafe

Ensemble for These Times

Green Apple Books

BRAY Executive Search

Vintage Wine Estates

Stookeys Club Moderne

Pax Mahle Wines

Trails End Bourbon/Hood River Distillers

Forbidden Island

Sonoma International Film Festival

Fantagraphics Books

Twelve Chimes It's Midnight

Fox & Doll

John Fluevog

TCM Wine Club

Giovanni Italian Specialties

Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry

J.P. Kempt Barber Social

Princeton Architectural Press - Fred Lyon: San Francisco Noir

PS Print

Art Deco Society of California

Relic Vintage

Viva Las Vegas

The Film Detective

Glam Amour

Arizona Tiki Oasis

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Chester Cordite London

Flag Marketing

John Kemp

UpCal Entertainment

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NOIR CITY Chicago: Sep 6-12, 2019
NOIR CITY Detroit: Sep 20-22, 2019
NOIR CITY D.C.: Oct 11-24, 2019
NOIR CITY Xmas (San Francisco): Dec 18, 2019
NOIR CITY 18 (San Francisco): Jan 24-Feb 2, 2020


Film Noir Foundation - Restoration


Trapped, a 1949 film noir produced by short-lived Eagle-Lion Pictures, is the latest restoration project of the Film Noir Foundation. The restored film had its world premiere in San Francisco on January 25, kicking off the 17th annual NOIR CITY festival at the Castro Theatre. The preservation has been accomplished through the long-standing partnership of the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive, which since 2008 has restored and/or preserved 33 examples of classic film noir.

One of the first and best B-features by future Hollywood A-list director Richard Fleischer, Trapped is one of the few Fleischer films yet to be resurrected from this fertile yet neglected period of the director's career. Eagle-Lion films did not have the archival protection of a major studio and many of its original 35mm features have been dispersed to parts unknown. After a long and nearly fruitless search for restoration elements, UCLA motion picture archivist and FNF advisory council member Todd Wiener discovered that a private collector in New York had deposited a 35mm print of Trapped at the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The FNF paid a nominal fee to arrange loan of the print to UCLA Film & Television Archive for the restoration.

The 35mm restoration of Trapped will be screened nationally as part of the FNF's NOIR CITY film festival programs in 2019, as well as being eventually released on Blu-ray and DVD through the FNF's partnership with Flicker Alley, which to date has distributed its restored versions of Woman on the Run (1950), Too Late for Tears (1949), and The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950). Other titles in the Blu-ray pipeline include restorations of Repeat Performance (1947) and the Argentine noir Los tallos amargos / The Bitter Stems (1956).

NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors have made it possible over the years for the FNF to restore those titles in addition to Cry Danger (1951), The Prowler (1951), Try and Get Me! (1951), High Tide (1947), and The Guilty (1947), as well as funding our many 35mm preservations. DONATE HERE and be a film noir savior.

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NOIR CITY Annual2019's NOIR CITY Annual 11, the best of the best from the Film Noir Foundation's 2018 quarterly NOIR CITY e-magazines, is an essential addition to any film lover's library—essays, interviews, profiles, tributes, and reviews of classic and modern noir films from today's top writers -- including Imogen Sara Smith, Jake Hinkson, Ray Banks, Vince Keenan, Alan K. Rode, Steve Kronenberg, Gary Deane, Nathalie Atkinson, Ehsan Khoshbakht, Monica Nolan, Ben Terrall, and Eddie Muller. Book layout and design by Michael Kronenberg. And, as with any purchase from the FNF, when you buy NOIR CITY Annual 11, you'll be helping fund the non-profit foundation's film restoration efforts.


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