Ring in the holidays with a Cruel Yule courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation! Join us Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 p.m., at San Francisco's Castro Theatre for Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955). The holiday season is the perfect time to share this timeless noir fairytale about the eternal human struggle—between avarice and atonement, sinners and saviors, good and evil. Robert Mitchum gives a legendary performance as a vile and conniving ex-con masquerading as a man of the cloth. He's not about to let two innocent children come between him and a long-hidden bounty. Shelley Winters may be a gullible mark for this faux preacher, but spinster Rachel Cooper (a memorable portrayal by Lillian Gish) knows the devil when she sees it. Actor Charles Laughton created a stunning work of magical realism, the only picture he'd ever direct. Why not quit while you're ahead? This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
In addition to bearing gifts of compelling cinematic artistry at NOIR CITY Xmas, host Eddie Muller will reveal the program for the upcoming NOIR CITY 17 festival January 25-February 3, 2019 at the Castro Theatre. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, we'll have NOIR CITY 17 Passports (all-access passes) for sale, along with select FNF merchandise, on the Castro mezzanine.
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 available 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 and books for kids, infants through 12 years old. Items must be not be gift 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. Thank you in advance for any contributions you can make of toys (including books) or food.
Enjoy 10 glorious days and nights of noir-themed double features as NOIR CITY returns to the Castro Theatre January 25-February 3, 2019 for its 17th year! See these movies, 24 in all, as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen in one of America's greatest movie palaces! FNF founder and president Eddie Muller will guide you through the festival's dark alleyways.
The NOIR CITY 17 film schedule, program notes, and active links to purchase tickets will be available here, on this website, at 6pm Wednesday, December 19.
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
Passports are non-transferable. All sales are final. Patrons MUST arrive 20 minutes before showtime to be guaranteed a seat!
If you're an out-of-towner looking for lodging near the Castro Theatre, our friends at the Beck's Motor Lodge are offering discounted room rates for festival guests during NOIR CITY 17. Beginning January 24 through February 3, 2019, 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.
NOIR CITY made a victorious return to its home at the historic Castro Theatre January 26–February 4, 2018 with its largest audience yet, selling out the 1400 seat movie palace on multiple nights. "Film Noir from A to B" took audiences back in time with a program of 12 genuine "A" and "B" double bills, spanning the breadth of the original film noir era, 1941 to 1953. The festival presented 24 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low-budget second feature, or "B" film. All but one of the films were presented in glorious 35mm.
As always, NOIR CITY producer and FNF founder and president Eddie Muller guided attendees through the blind alleys of NOIR CITY. But he wasn't all alone. Victor Mature's daughter Victoria Mature joined the Czar of Noir on opening night to introduce H. Bruce Humberstone's I Wake Up Screaming (1941), starring her father and Betty Grable. Victoria surprised the crowd with an impromptu rendition of Street Scene while discussing the film's score. As usual the current Ms. NOIR CITY, Annabelle Zakaluk, also joined Eddie on stage during the festival's evening performances. On January 31, Michael Curtiz - A Life in Film, author and FNF board member Alan K. Rode introduced Curtiz' The Unsuspected (1947). The FNF's latest restoration "re-premiered" on Saturday night, February 3—The Man Who Cheated Himself, an independently made noir thriller from 1950 shot on location in San Francisco.
Thanks to the generosity of NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors, the Foundation was able to fully fund the restoration of this film. Prior to the screening, festival host Muller announced the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant—Shahed Dowlatshahi of New York University's Masters of Arts in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. A heart-felt acceptance video by Mr. Dowlatshahi screened for the San Francisco audience directly after the announcement.
NOIR CITY then took its show on the road with NOIR CITY satellite festivals in Denver, Hollywood, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington D.C. We look forward to seeing you again next year for NOIR CITY 17, January 25-February 3, 2019, at the Castro Theatre and at our satellite fests too!
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UPCOMING NOIR CITY DATES
NOIR CITY Xmas (San Francisco): Dec 19
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
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
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