NOIR CITY Xmas at the Grand Lake Theatre on December 13

NOIR CITY Xmas 2022 • Dec 13 • Grand Lake Theatre

Join host Eddie Muller on Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 p.m., at Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre for the return of NOIR CITY XMAS! The Film Noir Foundation presents Mickey Spillane's I, the Jury in 3-D to darken your yuletide spirit. The 1953 black & white film, featuring cinematography by the legendary John Alton, was recently restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive and stars Biff Elliot, Peggie Castle, and Preston Foster.

The evening will also feature the unveiling of the program (and poster!) for NOIR CITY 20, the 20th anniversary of the world's most popular film noir festival, coming to the Grand Lake Theatre January 20 - 29, 2023.

The Grand Lake Theatre's COVID protocol requires that the staff is masked and vaccinated, with protective shields at their workstations and that all guests must be masked when entering, exiting, or at their seats when not drinking or eating. Guests are not required to be vaccinated.

Tickets for NOIR CITY Xmas are now available online for $15 from Brown Paper Tickets and can also be purchased at the theatre box office on the day of the show. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. 3-D glasses will be provided!

2022 NOIR CITY 19 • Grand Lake Theatre

The NOIR CITY film festival, a Bay Area cultural institution since 2003, returned from COVID hiatus March 24-27, 2022 for an incisive and inspiring four-day festival at a new venue, Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre. Produced, programmed and hosted by Eddie Muller, the 2022 edition, subtitled "They Tried to Warn Us!", showcased 12 movies from mid-20th century Hollywood sure to resonate with contemporary viewers.

"Film noir is revered for its incredible sass and style," Muller says, "but many of the films were also warning flares about issues that still plague our culture more than seventy years later."

NOIR CITY PassportFor the return to in-person screenings, Muller—host of the popular Noir Alley franchise on Turner Classic Movies—shifted the event to Oakland after many years at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. "The Grand Lake provided Noir Alley with a temporary studio during the pandemic," Muller says, "and I realized its vintage movie palace atmosphere, and the care and upkeep of the venue, would work perfectly for the type of show NOIR CITY loyalists have come to expect. Plus, I love Oakland. It hurts that the town has lost the Warriors and the Raiders, so I'm happy to give a little something back to the city's cultural life."

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Turner Classic Movies

Capo's

Tiki Oasis

The Murders That Made Us - by Bob Calhoun

Dark City - by Eddie Muller

Sonoma International Film Festival

FLAG Marketing

Forbidden Island

TCM Noir Alley

Relic Vintage

Giovanni Italian Specialties

Film Noir Style - by Kimberly Truhler

Toscano Brothers

The Walt Disney Family Museum

Fox & Doll

Flicker Alley

BRAY Executive Search

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Art Deco Society of California

Ravens in the Rain - Christie Santo and Jeff Santo

John Fluevog

Retro Fit Pattern

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

The Criterion Channel

Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry

Dago Bagel

Walden Pond Books

Viva Las Vegas

FX Andersen

Stark House Press

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NOIR CITY 20 - January 20-29, 2023

SAVE THE DATE  NOIR CITY returns to Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre January 20 - 29, 2023, celebrating 20 years of the Film Noir Foundation's flagship festival! Festival program and details to be announced mid-December.

AVAILABLE NOW for your holiday shopping list - NOIR CITY 20 PASSPORTS (10-day/24-film festival passes) are available at Brown Paper TIckets. The NOIR CITY 20 Passports will also be available for sale for $200 (cash or credit card) at the FNF's merchandise table at NOIR CITY Xmas.

Film Noir Foundation - Restoration

2022 FNF RESTORATION PREMIERE

The Film Noir Foundation screened its latest 35mm restoration opening night (March 24) at NOIR CITY 19, a forgotten film from director Cy Endfield: The Argyle Secrets (1948). The restoration was completed in 2021 by the FNF's preservation partner, UCLA Film & Television Archive, with support provided through a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust).

The Argyle Secrets is of historical significance for being one of the first Hollywood films written and directed by Cyril Raker Endfield, a protégé of Orson Welles who would become a significant film artist in his own right. Endfield's career in America would be cut short by blacklisting, as he was accused of being a Communist by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. But several years before he fled to England in 1952 to maintain his career, Endfield began by making low-budget thrillers, often with a political slant.

The Argyle Secrets, lost for decades in any decent form, is a prime example: A journalist (William Gargan) sets out to retrieve a book containing inflammatory information about American politicians and businessmen secretly making deals with the Nazis. Independently financed on a meager $125,000 budget and made briskly on an 8-day shooting schedule, the film's inventiveness led esteemed critic Jonathan Rosenbaum to extol its "surreal overload."

Endfield called the 60-minute "B" his first effort as an auteur. "I felt quite proud of this first and very youthful sole writing-directing effort," he'd later say. Yet while he went on to create important films such as the U.S.-made Try and Get Me! (restored by the Film Noir Foundation in 2012) and British classics Hell Drivers (1957) and Zulu (1964), Endfield's earliest work has been rarely seen, as no quality versions existed — until now! The resurrection of The Argyle Secrets will go a long way toward spurring international interest in the work and life of this remarkable, and unjustly neglected, artist.

UPCOMING NOIR CITY DATES

NOIR CITY XMAS:  Dec 13
NOIR CITY 20:  Jan 20-29
NOIR CITY: Seattle:  Feb 10-16

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NOIR CITY Annual #14

NOIR CITY Annual 2022's NOIR CITY Annual 14, the best of the best from the Film Noir Foundation's 2021 NOIR CITY Magazines, is here—essays, profiles, interviews, and appreciations of classic and modern noir films from today's top writers. This year's contributors are Imogen Sara Smith, Jake Hinkson, Ray Banks, Nora Fiore, Randy Dotinga, Dana Delany, Brent Calderwood, Vince Keenan, Nick Feldman. Farran Smith Nehme, Steve Kronenberg, Sean Axmaker, Nick Kolakowski, John Wranovics, Ben Terrall, S.A.Cosby, Danilo Castro, Rachel Walther, and Eddie Muller. Book layout and design by Michael Kronenberg. And, as with any purchase from the FNF, when you buy NOIR CITY Annual 14, you'll be helping fund the non-profit foundation's film restoration efforts. BUY HERE

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FNF VIDEO ARCHIVES

Our Video Archives feature an expanding catalog of noir-related video, including exclusive interviews and festival guest appearances.

FEATURED VIDEO 

For the screening of Touch of Evil (1958) at the 2022 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, host-producer Alan K. Rode tapped long time Hollywood assistant director and friend Lou Race to share his recollections about working with Orson Welles on The Other Side of the Wind. Race shared his first hand observations of Welles's working methods and interactions with several luminaries including John Huston and Edmond O'Brien. WATCH

ASK EDDIE 

Did you know that the Film Noir Foundation livestreams every two weeks on our Facebook page in which Eddie Muller answers questions submitted by our e­mail subscribers? All past broadcasts are available on YouTube.

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