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NOIR CITY Xmas - Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Join us Wednesday, December 18, at 7:30 pm, for a special evening of yule cruelty, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a dark holiday classic from south of the border—and reveals the entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe, coming January 24–February 2, 2020 to the majestic Castro Theatre.


Dolores del Río, one of the most beautiful actresses of all-time, stars in this noir-laden thriller as identical twins: María, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man María once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, María can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Co-starring José Baviera, Agustín Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips.

Del Río enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and '30s, before she returned to her native Mexico in the '40s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Gavaldón and writer-activist José Revueltas, who would make 11 more films together, becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

La Otra (1946)

Enjoy this hot-blooded noir appetizer in anticipation of the full-blown feast of international noir coming January 24–February 2, 2020 … NOIR CITY 18!


In Spanish; DCP with English subtitles

1946, Mexico. Producciones Mercurio. 96 minutes. Story: Rian James and Roberto Gavaldón, adapted by Jack Wagner; Screenplay: José Revueltas; Director: Roberto Gavaldón


Here's your chance to prove it's not such a bitter little world after all! 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 COTS 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 gift wrapped. The COTS 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. Thank you in advance for any contributions you can make of toys (including books) or food.


Save the date! NOIR CITY returns to its home at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre for its 18th edition, January 24–February 2, 2020. The full line-up will be announced at our NOIR CITY Xmas show, December 18 at the Castro.

Can't make it to the Castro for NOIR CITY Xmas? Don't shout, don't cry—the schedule, program notes, and both single tickets and Passports (all access festival passes) will all be available the same night on this website.

NOIR CITY 18 Passport Now on Sale!

NOIR CITY Passport

Secure your spot for all the fun with an all-access NOIR CITY 18 PASSPORT for $125 — now on sale! This all-access festival pass grants the bearer:

✽ Entry to all films during NOIR CITY 18
✽ Separate passport holders' queue for early admittance to the theater for all shows
✽ Opening night passholders' reception (Castro Theatre mezzanine) beginning at 6 pm on Jan. 24

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!

Beck's Motor Lodge

NOIR CITY 18 Accomodations - Beck's Motor Lodge

If you're an out-of-towner looking for lodging near the Castro Theatre, our friends at Beck's Motor Lodge are offering discounted room rates for festival guests during NOIR CITY 18. Beginning January 23 through February 2, 2020, you can get a room with a Queen bed 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. 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.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION: Call Beck's Motor Lodge at 415-621-8212 or email them at to make your reservation. Important: Make sure you tell Beck's you're calling for the NOIR CITY 18 festival rate.

2019 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.

Opening night 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.

NOIR CITY patrons were also 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.

As he does every year at NOIR CITY, Muller announced the recipient of our $5,000 FNF-Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant : 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."

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.

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NOIR CITY 17 - January 25-February 3


NOIR CITY Xmas (San Francisco): Dec 18, 2019
NOIR CITY 18 (San Francisco): Jan 24-Feb 2, 2020
NOIR CITY: Seattle: Feb 14-20, 2020
NOIR CITY: Hollywood: Mar 5-15, 2020
NOIR CITY: Austin: May 15-17, 2020
NOIR CITY: Boston: Jun 12-14, 2020
NOIR CITY: Chicago: dates TBD
NOIR CITY: Detroit: Sep 18-20, 2020
NOIR CITY: D.C.: dates TBD


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 Annual #11

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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