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NOIR CITY 16,  presented by the Film Noir Foundation

NOIR CITY returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre, January 26 - February 4, 2018, for its 16th edition. The 2018 film festival will focus on films noirs from the years 1941-1953. The theme, schedule and final poster for NOIR CITY 16 will be unveiled at NOIR CITY Xmas on December 20 at the Castro. You will be able to pick up passports (full series passes) for the festival that night at the theatre along with official Film Noir Foundation merchandise. Passports and individual tickets will also go on sale that night here at the NOIR CITY festival website.

Poster Design and Photo-Illustration: Bill Selby | Photography: Jason Mitchell
Models: Eddie Muller and Lucy Laird

2017 NOIR CITY 15



The 2017 incarnation of the world's most popular film noir festival returned to the legendary Castro Theatre January 20–29 with 24 exceptional films exploring, in films both suspenseful and comedic, the desperate lengths to which people will go to beat the system and hit the big time. "The Big Knockover" was a veritable history of the heist film, opening with the black-and-white Hollywood classics Criss Cross (1949) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and moving through the decades to a stunning closing night double feature of Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) and Victoria (2015). Films in the festival came from the United States, England, Japan, France, Italy, Argentina, and Germany and spanned eight decades of filmmaking.

Festival producer, co-programmer and host Eddie Muller clarified that despite the change of pace from previous year's NOIR CITY festivals, "This doesn't mean we've run out of films from the original noir movement. That remains our primary focus, and it is films of that period the Film Noir Foundation is dedicated to rescuing and restoring. But this particular theme—heist films—is much richer when the parameters are expanded to include films from different countries and eras. By making that leap, a more intriguing experience emerges for those loyal patrons who join us for the full ride."

NOIR CITY 15 photos by Dennis Hearne. More of Dennis' photo coverage of NOIR CITY 15 can be found on Facebook - Shared Alibis for our Alternate Time. There's more pictorial coverage on our 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.

NOIR CITY 15 Overture by Serena Bramble

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


Angie Dickinson - Norman Lloyd - Nancy Olson

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 Dan Duryea's son, Richard Duryea, at Los Angeles' historic Union Station following a screening of Too Late for Tears. WATCH.


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NOIR CITY D.C.:  October 14-26
NOIR CITY Xmas: Wednesday, December 20
NOIR CITY SF: January 26-February. 4, 2018


Film Noir Foundation - Restoration


The continued support of NOIR CITY festival attendees aids the Film Noir Foundation in their mission to preserve and create a theatrical audience for noir films like the classic 1956 Argentine noir Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems). Restored in 2015 with the cooperation of UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust), this vitally significant "lost" film made its North American debut at last year's NOIR CITY festival in San Francisco. The film went on tour and screened at several NOIR CITY satellite festivals throughout the year.

FNF Restorations - The Guilty and Woman on the Run

In addition to Los tallos amargos, NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors have made it possible over the years for the FNF to restore 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.

NOIR CITY E-Magazine

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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.


Film Noir Foundation news page

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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.

NOIR CITY Screenings

→ View our list of films screened at NOIR CITY 1-14 here.

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