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

NOIR CITY returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre January 26–February 4 for its 16th edition. "Film Noir from A to B" takes 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 presents 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 will be presented in glorious 35mm.

The FNF's latest restoration will also receive its world "re-premiere" 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. A pair of FNF- funded 35mm preservations will screen together that afternoon as well, Southside 1-1000 and The Underworld Story.

As always, NOIR CITY producer and FNF founder and president Eddie Muller will be your guide down the blind alleys of NOIR CITY.


NOIR CITY Passport

Save Money & Time with a NOIR CITY Passport

Secure your spot at NOIR CITY 16 with an all-access NOIR CITY PASSPORT. It grants the bearer entry to all 24 films in this year's program. Because the separate passport holders' queue allows early admittance to the theatre, you'll be able to grab a prime seat at all the shows—even on opening night. And if that's not enough, there's also the opening-night reception on the Castro Mezzanine beginning at 6:00 p.m., exclusively for passport holders. All this for the incredible price of $120 (a savings of $30 over individually purchased tickets for all 24 films!). The NOIR CITY Passport also makes the perfect holiday gift for the film lover in your life! Best of all, proceeds from the 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. BUY YOURS TODAY!

NOTE  Passports are non-transferable. All sales are final. Patrons MUST arrive 20 minutes before showtime to be guaranteed a seat!

Friday, Jan 26


Saturday, Jan 27, Matinée

THIS GUN FOR HIRE  1:00, 5:00

Saturday, Jan 27, Evening


Sunday, Jan 28

DESTINY  1:00, 4:10, 9:20

Monday, Jan 29


Tuesday, Jan 30



Wednesday, Jan 31


Thursday, Feb 1


Friday, Feb 2


Saturday, Feb 3, Matinée

SOUTHSIDE 1-1000  1:00, 5:00

Saturday, Feb 3, Evening


Sunday, Feb 4

WICKED WOMAN  1:00, 4:20, 8:45
THE BIG HEAT  2:30, 7:00

BOOK SIGNING: A panel of NOIR CITY e-magazine contributors will be signing copies of the new 2018 NOIR CITY Annual 10 on Saturday, January 27. Alan K. Rode will be signing copies of his new biography, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, following his presentation of Curtiz' The Unsuspected on Wednesday, January 31. On Saturday night, February 3, veteran local photographer Fred Lyon will be signing his book, San Francisco Noir, a collection that captures the noir spirit of the City by the Bay.

2018 NOIR CITY Accomodations • Hotel Rex

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.

BOOK HERE for your special festival rate.

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

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.

Turner Classic Movies


Kino Lorber

Stookeys Catering

Whiskies of the World

Cafe Mediterranee

Amoeba Music

The Walt Disney Family Museum

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Green Apple Books

PS Print

Warner Archive

TCM Noir Alley

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Decades of Fashion

Hotel Rex

Ann Chernow


Vintage Wine Estates

Tosca Cafe

RNG Associates

Flag Marketing


California Museum


Fox & Doll

Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry

Private Eye on Seattle Tours

University Press of Kentucky - Michael Curtiz

A Fatal Step - The Outrageous One-Woman Noir by Jill Vice

Ringside Seat

Distillery No. 209

Forbidden Island

Art Deco Society of California

Relic Vintage

Glam Amour

Fantagraphics Books

Viva Las Vegas

Princeton Architectural Press - Fred Lyon: San Francisco Noir

Stookeys Club Moderne

Tiki Oasis

John Fluevog


Twitter - MySpace - Facebook

Facebook Tumblr Twitter Surround yourself in a miasma of social media darkness: join us on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter for a complete immersion in the world of film noir through film stills, posters, film clips, brilliant insights, and more. Maybe you'll meet a dangerous stranger along the way.

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 MacQueen, 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.


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


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.


NOIR CITY Screenings

→ View our list of films screened at NOIR CITY 1-15 here.

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