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NOIR CITY XMAS on Wednesday, December 14 at San Francisco's Castro Theatre

JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre for the eighth annual NOIR CITY XMAS, as the Film Noir Foundation offers a double-feature of rare noir-stained 1940s' yuletide films to darken your spirits. The evening will also feature the unveiling of the full schedule (and poster!) for NOIR CITY 16, the world's most popular film noir festival, coming to the Castro Theatre January 26 — February 4, 2018. And, for your holiday shopping pleasure, NOIR CITY 16 Passports (all-access festival passes) will be available for sale at NOIR CITY Xmas – just visit the FNF's merchandise table on the Castro mezzanine! As always, NOIR CITY co-programmer and FNF prez Eddie Muller will be your noir Noël host.

→ Tickets for NOIR CITY XMAS are available online and can also be purchased at the Castro Theatre box office on the day of the show.  BUY TICKETS

Cash on Demand


7:30 PM

Poor Dorothy Lamour is on the "Road to the Slammer" when she becomes prime suspect in the murder of a wealthy socialite. Could the real culprit be sleazy private-eye neighbor Dan Duryea? Or studly insurance investigator Sterling Hayden? This wildly convoluted mystery, veering from high style to low humor, is a contemporaneous parody of noir tropes. An ultra-rarity never before screened at NOIR CITY, Manhandled is presented via a special "one night only" arrangement with Paramount Pictures.

1949, Paramount. 97 min. Dir. Lewis R. Foster Screenplay by Lewis R. Foster and Whitman Chambers, based on "The Man Who Stole a Dream" by L.S. Goldsmith

The Ice Harvest

alias boston blackie

9:30 PM

Reformed thief Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) helps present a charity Christmas show for New York prison inmates, but things go haywire when a wrongly convicted con (Larry Parks) uses the troupe to aid in his bust-out. Blackie frantically outraces the cops to recapture the con and spare him a bad end. This breathless combination of mystery, comedy, and action is perhaps the best offering in Columbia's long-running "Boston Blackie" series, one of the most popular "B" serials of all-time.

Brand new 35mm print!

1942, Columbia [Sony Pictures]. 67 min. Dir. Lew Landers, Screenplay by Paul Yawitz


San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program

Here's your chance to prove it's not such a bitter little world at this year's NOIR CITY Xmas. We will have collection bins at the event for both the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program and the SF-Marin Food Bank, and we encourage everyone to give what they can. The San Francisco Firefighters are looking for toys for kids--infants through 12-years old. Toys must be not be wrapped. The SF-Marin Food Bank needs the following: peanut butter, low-sugar cereal, whole-grain rice, pasta, oats, low-sodium soups and stews, tuna and other canned meats, and canned fruits and vegetables. Please no glass, opened items, perishables, or items past their "use before" date.


NOIR CITY accommodations at the Hotel RexIf you're an out-of-towner looking for lodging in the City, or a local wanting to turn a night at the festival into an easy getaway, our friends at the Hotel Rex are offering a 20% discount off regular room rates for festival guests during NOIR CITY 16, January 26–February 4, 2018. Located in Union Square at 562 Sutter between Mason and Powell, you can get to the festival's Castro Theatre in about 20 minutes via MUNI underground, street car, or cab. Amenities at the Hotel Rex include Wi-Fi, upgraded to 100 MB, and flat-screen TVs with iPod docks in every room as well as a complimentary glass of wine from 5:00-6:00 each evening. For something special, treat yourself to the hotel's lovely Library Bar offering handcrafted cocktails and a menu of American classics. A daily "amenity fee" of $21 will be added automatically to each day's listed room rate.

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2017 NOIR CITY 15 photos by Dennis Hearne. More of Dennis' photo coverage can be found on Facebook - Shared Alibis for our Alternate Time. There's additional pictorial coverage on The Film Noir Foundation's Instagram page.


Nancy MyselAs part of the FNF's dedication to rescuing and restoring films noir, we established The Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant –created in film preservationist Nancy Mysel's honor and funded by the Mysel family. Each year, $5,000 in funding goes to a deserving students involved in cinema restoration. On January 28, at NOIR CITY 15, festival host Eddie Muller announced the recipient of this grant —Robert Anen of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. An "acceptance" video by Mr. Anen was screened for the San Francisco audience.  Read about Robet Anen's lost film discovery in this NY Times article from October 2016: A Lost Snippet of Film History, Found in a Home Movie shot in 1964.

Applications due December 14 for 2018 Grant

The Film Noir Foundation invites film preservation students to apply by December 14, 2017, for the 2018 Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant. This $5,000 grant will be awarded by the FNF in January 2018 to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student in film restoration/preservation or moving image archive studies. The grant announcement will be made public during NOIR CITY 16. For complete details, go here.

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The world of noir goes well beyond the boundaries of NOIR CITY. The Film Noir Foundation's news page brings you the latest on film noir screenings and festivals in the U.S. and abroad. We also cover: neo-noirs currently in the theatre; DVD, Blu-ray and digital releases of classic noirs and the films influenced by them; and noir news "beyond the cinema"—current events, fine and performing art pieces, and commercial products inspired by the world of noir. We'll also let you know which dark gems are playing during the current month on Turner Classic Movies on the Film Noir Foundation's TV Listing's page.


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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 Alan K. Rode's interview with James Curtis, cinema historian and definitive biographer of legendary production designer and director William Cameron Menzies, following the screening of Reign of Terror at the 2017 Arthur Lyons Film Festival. WATCH


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NOIR CITY 13, January 16-25, Castro Theatre, San Francisco




NOIR CITY Xmas: Wednesday, December 20
NOIR CITY SF: January 26-February. 4, 2018
NOIR CITY Seattle: February 16-22, 2018
NOIR CITY Denver: March 23-25, 2018
NOIR CITY Hollywood: April 13-22, 2018
NOIR CITY Austin: May 18-20, 2018
NOIR CITY Boston: June 8-10, 2018

2018 dates for NOIR CITY Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. TBD


Film Noir Foundation - Restoration


The Man Who Cheated Himself, an independently made noir thriller from 1950, is the latest preservation project of the Film Noir Foundation. The restored film will have its world premiere in San Francisco—the film's setting—at the 16th Annual NOIR CITY festival, running January 26–February 4, 2018. The only existing 35mm print of the film was screened last April as part of the annual NOIR CITY: Hollywood festival at the Egyptian Theatre. It was apparent that "vinegar syndrome" had afflicted the print since its previous screening at a NOIR CITY festival in 2006. "We realized we needed to do something immediately," said FNF president Eddie Muller. "I mean, this is Lee J. Cobb's only starring role, and the one time Jane Wyatt played a femme fatale. Can't lose that."

20th Century–Fox, the film's original distributor, provided an original fine-grain from its vault as the essential restoration element, and UCLA's Head of Restoration, Scott Mac-Queen, oversaw the project—which for the first time includes restoration of the film's original trailer, as well. The Felix Feist-directed feature, which concerns a cop entangled with a cunning socialite who murders her husband, will play the NOIR CITY circuit in 2018.

A June 23 screening of the film on TCM's Noir Alley hosted by Muller, will be followed by Flicker Alley's release of the film on Blu-ray, with special features produced by the FNF. In addition to The Man Who Cheated Himself, NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors have made it possible over the years for the FNF to restore Los tallos amargos (1956), Cry Danger (1951), The Prowler (1951), Try and Get Me! (1951), Repeat Performance (1947), High Tide (1947), Too Late for Tears (1949), The Guilty (1947) and Woman on the Run (1950), as well as funding our many 35mm preservations. DONATE HERE and be a film noir savior.

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NOIR CITY Annual #9

NOIR CITY AnnualIt just keeps getting better! 2017's NOIR CITY Annual 9, the best of the best from 2016's exciting NOIR CITY e-magazine, is a must-have for your growing Annual collectionessays, interviews, profiles, tributes, and reviews of classic and modern noir films from writers at the top of their gameImogen Sara Smith, Vince Keenan, Brian Light, Jake Hinkson, Martyn Waites, Johnny Shaw, and Eddie Muller, including Eddie's essay on the making of The Murderers Are Among Us. Book layout and design by Michael Kronenberg. And, as with any purchase from the FNF, when you purchase NOIR CITY Annual 9, you'll be helping fund the non-profit foundation's restoration efforts.


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