Think the 1950s were buttoned-down and conservative? Think again.
Dive into NOIR CITY 17 and experience the rush—through a lens, darkly—of a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema. Nothing would ever be the same.
Celebrating its 17th year, NOIR CITY, the largest annual film noir festival in the world, returns once again to the majestic Castro Theatre for a 10-night feast of danger, desire, and despair, January 25-February 3, 2019. Film Noir Foundation prez Eddie Muller will once again lead audiences on a fun and fascinating excursion through "Hollywood's only organic artistic movement."
This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.
As usual, the program features an eclectic mix of established classics and rarely screened obscurities culled exclusively by the FNF from studio vaults and film archives. Opening Night, January 25, will feature the world premiere of our latest 35mm restoration, Trapped—a 1949 noir from short-lived Eagle-Lion Films, starring Lloyd Bridges and scandal-plagued starlet Barbara Payton.
Can'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.
Secure your spot for all the fun with an all-access NOIR CITY 17 PASSPORT for $125—now on sale! This all-access festival pass grants the bearer:
✽ Entry to all films during NOIR CITY 17
✽ Separate passport holders' queue for early admittance to the theater for all shows
✽ Opening night passholders' reception (Castro mezzanine) beginning at 6 pm on Jan. 25
Proceeds from the NOIR CITY festival help fund the FNF's restoration and preservation efforts year-round. This is your chance to have a smashing time AND preserve a valuable art form. The perfect holiday gift for the film lover in your family! → PURCHASE HERE
NOTE Passports are non-transferable. All sales are final. Patrons MUST arrive 20 minutes before showtime to be guaranteed a seat!
UPDATE AS OF 1/16/19: Our friends at Beck's Motor Lodge have been offering discounted room rates for NOIR CITY patrons, and festival guests have responded! As of this writing, Saturday, 1/26, is sold out, but some rooms at the motor lodge's regular rate may still be available. Additionally, Opening Night, 1/25, has extremely limited availability.
For the remainder of the festival, though—Sunday, 1/27 through Sunday, 2/3—Beck's continues to offer their discounted room rates for NOIR CITY guests. Rooms with a Queen bed are available for $169 plus tax, and for a room with 2 beds the cost is $189 plus tax.
Located at 2222 Market near the intersection of 15th and Sanchez, Beck's Motor Lodge is walking distance to the Castro Theatre -- and just a short walk from the NOIR CITY-recommended Last Rites bar at 718 14th (at Church). While the exterior of the iconic mid-century motel (built in 1958) hasn't changed much over the years, the interior rooms have all been totally refurbished with new furniture and bathrooms, 32" flat screen televisions, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Parking is still free, as is access to Wi-Fi
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UPCOMING NOIR CITY DATES
NOIR CITY 17 (San Francisco): Jan 25-Feb 3, 2019
NOIR CITY Seattle: Feb 15-21, 2019
NOIR CITY Hollywood: Mar 29-Apr 7, 2019
NOIR CITY Austin: May 17-19, 2019
NOIR CITY Boston: June 7-9, 2019
NOIR CITY Chicago: Sep 6-12, 2019
ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
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 will have its world premiere in San Francisco on Friday, January 25, kicking off the 17th annual NOIR CITY festival, which runs through February 3, 2019 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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FNF VIDEO ARCHIVES
Our Video Archives feature an expanding catalog of noir-related video, ranging from exclusive interviews, to festival guest appearances, to short films inspired by film noir.
LATEST ADD Director/Writer/Actor Carl Franklin was the Opening Night guest at the NOIR CITY: Chicago festival on August 17, 2018. Between screenings of Franklin's two classic neo-noirs, Devil in a Blue Dress and One False Move, FNF president Eddie Muller engaged with the director in a wide-ranging conversation about his films, noir in general, and his take on how African-Americans perceive classic Hollywood films in which they're notoriously unrepresented.WATCH
→ View our list of films screened at NOIR CITY 1-16 here.
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