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

The Film Noir Foundation Presents

NOIR CITY: INTERNATIONAL II

The 18th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival

America doesn't have a monopoly on swaggering gangsters, larcenous lovers, surly ex-cons, corrupt cops, and scheming femmes fatales. Six years after the first NOIR CITY: INTERNATIONAL—the Film Noir Foundation is at it again: presenting an array of classic films from around the globe, a wide-ranging, thematically cohesive immersion in a sordid world of sinister and sexy affairs—including the world premieres of two new restorations by the Film Noir Foundation! Yes, "It's a Bitter Little World"— but for ten days and nights at the majestic Castro Theatre, NOIR CITY is cinema paradiso! As always, the festival is programmed and hosted by Eddie Muller, internationally renowned "Czar of Noir" and host of the popular Turner Classic Movies series Noir Alley.

For veteran cinephiles, it's a chance to again experience cherished cinematic masterpieces in a bona fide movie palace. For those just starting their cinematic journey, NOIR CITY is the perfect introduction to a wide world of international filmmakers and stars, on the big screen, larger than life. The 10-day excursion travels through hot-blooded nightclubs of the Mexican cabareteras, neon-streaked alleys of Japanese yakuza thrillers, the stylish Parisian underworld, Italian palazzos hiding crimes of every social strata, a Kafkaesque Prague as envisioned by the Czech New Wave — even a rare serial killer film set in Nazi Germany made by Hollywood's finest director of film noir, Robert Siodmak. Tour guides include some of the world's most revered filmmakers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Andzrej Wajda, Julien Duvivier, Jean-Pierre Melville, Roberto Gavaldón, Jirí Weiss, and Masahiro Shinoda.

"Now, more than ever, it's essential to resist the dread and paranoia of contemporary times by looking beyond our differences," says Muller. "Let's appreciate the noir ethos for the creativity it inspires and the warning flares it long ago flashed on screens worldwide. Noir has no national boundaries. It's the same story, everywhere."

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!

Friday, Jan 24  ARGENTINA

THE BEAST MUST DIE / LA BESTIA DEBE MORIR  7:30
THE BLACK VAMPIRE / EL VAMPIRO NEGRO  9:45

Saturday, Jan 25, Matinée  FRANCE

PANIC / PANIQUE  1:30
RAZZIA / RAZZIA SUR LA CHNOUF  3:30

Saturday, Jan 25, Evening  FRANCE

FINGER MAN / LE DOULOS  7:00
ANY NUMBER CAN WIN / MÉLODIE EN SOUS-SOL  9:15

Sunday, Jan 26  SOUTH KOREA

THE HOUSEMAID / HANYO  2:00, 7:00
BLACK HAIR / GEOMEUN MEORI  4:20, 9:00

Monday, Jan 27  ITALY

STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR / CRONACA DI UN AMORE  7:00
THE FACTS OF MURDER / UN MALEDETTO IMBROGLIO  9:00

Tuesday, Jan 28  CZECHOSLOVAKIA

…AND THE FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR / ...A PÁTY JEZDEC JE STRACH  7:00
90 DEGREES IN THE SHADE / TRICET JEDNA VE STINU  9:00

Wednesday, Jan 29  ENGLAND

THE LONG HAUL  7:00
NEVER LET GO  9:00

Thursday, Jan 30  JAPAN

PALE FLOWER / KAWAITA HANA  7:00
RUSTY KNIFE / SABITA NAIFU  9:00

Friday, Jan 31 WEST GERMANY

THE DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT / NACHTS, WENN DER TEUFEL KAM   7:00
BLACK GRAVEL / SCHWARZER KIES  9:00

Saturday, Feb 1, Matinée  MEXICO

ANOTHER DAWN / DISTINTO AMANECER  1:30
TWILIGHT / CREPÚSCULO  3:40

Saturday, Feb 1, Evening  MEXICO

NIGHT FALLS / LA NOCHE AVANZA  7:30
SALÓN MÉXICO  9:15

Sunday, Feb 2  SWEDEN / POLAND

A WOMAN'S FACE / EN KVINNAS ANSIKTE  2:00, 7:00
ASHES AND DIAMONDS / POPIOL I DIAMENT  4:00, 9:00

Beck's Motor Lodge

NOIR CITY 18 ACCOMMODATION

If you're an out-of-towner looking for lodging near the Castro Theatre, our friends at Beck's Motor Lodge offer discounted room rates for festival guests during NOIR CITY 18. Beginning January 23 through Februaary 2, 2020, you can get a room with a Queen bed for $169 plus tax per night, and for a room with 2 beds the cost is $189 plus tax per night.

Located at 2222 Market near the intersection of 15th and Sanchez, Beck's Motor Lodge is walking distance to the Castro Theatre. The exterior of the iconic mid-century motel (built in 1958) hasn't changed much over the years, but the rooms have 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.

Call Beck's Motor Lodge at 415-621-8212 or email them at info@BecksMotorLodge.com to make your reservation. Make sure you tell Beck's you're calling for the NOIR CITY 18 festival rate.

All you need to know about the NOIR CITY Film Festival enjoy!

Turner Classic Movies

Poesia

Kino Lorber

Ann Chernow

Beck's Motor Lodge

Cafe Mediterranee

Amoeba Music

Capo's

Paul's Hatworks

Decades of Fashion

J.P. Kempt Barber Social

Stookeys Catering

Forbidden Island

Warner Archive

TCM Noir Alley

Shamus Dust - Janet Roger

Relic Vintage

The Walt Disney Family Museum

Giovanni Italian Specialties

W Real Estate

Dog Eared Books

Retro Fit Pattern

John Fluevog

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Flag Marketing

Kiss Me I'm Noirish

Twelve Chimes It's Midnight

Flicker Alley

Hitchcock and the Censors - John Billheimer

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Fox & Doll

Fantagraphics Books

Art Deco Society of California

BRAY Executive Search

Chester Cordite London

Stookeys Club Moderne

Sonoma International Film Festival

TV Noir - Allen Glover

The Glass Forest - Lisa Lieberman

Dean Street Press

The Film Detective

Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry

Viva Las Vegas

Glam Amour

Tiki Oasis

Ensemble for These Times

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UPCOMING NOIR CITY DATES

NOIR CITY 18 (San Francisco): Jan 24-Feb 2, 2020
NOIR CITY: Seattle: Feb 14-20, 2020
NOIR CITY: Hollywood: Mar 6-15, 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

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Film Noir Foundation - Restoration

FNF DEBUTS TWO ARGENTINE RESTORATIONS

The Film Noir Foundation will premiere two new restorations at NOIR CITY 18, both little-known 1950s noir gems from Argentine director Román Viñoly Barreto: La bestia debe morir (1952) and El vampiro negro (1953). Both restorations were completed in 2019 by the FNF's preservation partner, UCLA Film & Television Archive, with support provided from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust).

La bestia debe morir is an adaptation of Nicholas Blake's celebrated 1938 novel The Beast Must Die. Blake was actually a pseudonym of Irish poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis. The book was noted for an unusual structure combining a first-person narrative of murderous revenge with a whodunit plot more familiar to fans of Blake's Sherlockian British detective, Nigel Strangeways. The Argentine film, adapted for the screen by Viñoly Barreto and actor Narciso Ibáñez Menta, relegates Strangeways to a bit part, moving the noir-revenge narrative front and center. Spanish-born Ibáñez Menta was renowned in the '40s and '50s for horror and fantasy films, but in this full-fledged noir he portrays a writer hell-bent on uncovering the identity of the hit-and-run driver who killed his son … and murdering him.

"Until this discovery, most cinephiles believed that Claude Chabrol had made the first adaptation of Blake's novel in 1969," said FNF president Eddie Muller. "But largely thanks to my colleague Fernando Martín Peña, who introduced me to the film, this version of The Beast Must Die will now be recognized as the first—and with all due respect to Chabrol—the best screen version of the novel. It certainly has all the elements of a classic noir, and Viñoly Barreto directs it with great storytelling skill and visual style."

El vampiro negro (The Black Vampire) is an inspired reimagining of Fritz Lang's classic M, transposed from Berlin to Buenos Aires. It was made by essentially the same creative team that made La bestia debe morir a year earlier, including cinematographer Alberto Etchebehere, who not only provides spectacular imagery that may surpass the nocturnal style of Lang's original and the 1951 American remake directed by Joseph Losey—but he co-wrote the script with Viñoly Barreto. Famed actress Olga Zubarry, known as the "Argentine Marilyn Monroe," stars as a cabaret performer whose child is kidnapped by the murderer (Nathán Pinzón) preying on the city's children.

The FNF previously funded a preservation print of El vampiro negro that screened at several NOIR CITY festivals in 2014, but according to Muller, "We realized the film was so unique, and so compelling, it had to be completely restored, including fixes to the damaged original negative."

Both restorations debut opening night of NOIR CITY 18, January 24, as a double bill of lost classics from Argentina.

The restorations of La bestia debe morir and El vampiro negro will be screened nationally as part of the FNF's NOIR CITY film festival programs in 2020, as well as on the international film festival circuit.

Last year's FNF restoration, 1949's Trapped, has just been released on Blu-ray/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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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 Tippi Hedren's November 2016 book signing at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica included a discussion with writer Alan K. Rode before a screening of The Birds (1963). The still-stunning actress and animal activist discussed her screen career, her relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock and her long time stewardship of the Roar Foundation in support of the Shambala Preserve, a Los Angeles County sanctuary for wild felines. WATCH

NOIR CITY Screenings

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