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2020 PRESS - NOIR CITY 18

NOIR CITY 2020 IS HERE
The Movie Gourmet

"The Film Noir Foundation restored the Argentine films The Beast Must Die and The Black Vampire, which open the fest on Friday night. This is your only chance to see these and sixteen other Noir City films, which cannot be streamed." MORE

5 CAN'T-MISS FILMS IN THE NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"I don't want to shortchange these creative people by saying they were copying the American style," Muller said. "Like the Antonioni film we're showing, 'Story of a Love Affair' " — an early work by Michelangelo Antonioni that screens Jan. 27 — "is clearly inspired by American film noir. It's another take on 'The Postman Always Rings Twice,' but done in that particular Antonioni style." MORE

SF FILM NOIR FEST PROVES DARKNESS DESCENDS ON THE ENTIRE WORLD OF CINEMA
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

Interview with G. Allen Johnson and Eddie Muller READ

GLOBAL DARK TIMES: 'NOIR CITY' BEGINS
Tavo Amador, Bay Area Reporter

"Eddie Muller's 18th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival, "Noir City: International II," opens at the Castro Theatre on Jan. 24. The program features rarely seen movies from around the world."  MORE

NOW PLAYING! NOIR CITY VISITS ILLICIT PORTS OF CALL AT THE CASTRO
Michael Fox, KQED Arts

"One thing we can agree on is that crimes borne of passion are universal. It follows, therefore, that film noir isn't limited to the boundaries of the continental U.S."  MORE

SIGHTS SET GLOBALLY, NOIR CITY DIVES INTO 'A BITTER LITTLE WORLD'
Dennis Harvey, 48Hills.com

Themed "It's a Bitter Little World," the annual event presented by the SF-based Film Noir Foundation and its author-presenter impresario Eddie Muller is the second to look beyond by now well-worn American terrain in that genre to vintage international cinema similarly focused on high melodrama, dirty deeds and dubious dames."  MORE

STARTING FRIDAY AT SAN FRANCISCO'S CASTRO THEATER: THE 18TH NOIR CITY FILM FESTIVAL - NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL
Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog

"Dyed-in-the-wool film buffs return to that quintessential Art Deco movie palace, the Castro Theatre, for heaping helpings of desperation, thuggery, skullduggery, chicanery, double-crossing dames, sex-starved saps, bullet-riddled sedans, doomed relationships, nervous cigarette smoking, cheap hotels, furtive claustrophobia, post-WWII style ennui and inevitably, endless roads leading nowhere." MORE

NOIR CITY 18 TAKES US TO FAR AWAY PLACES FOR 10 DAYS OF DARKNESS AND PASSION
Grand Illusions

"Whatever the argument, noir certainly did not stay in America. Its influence spread far and wide; its gritty, crime based, sex-forward stories captivated audiences from France to Japan, as it still does today." MORE

NOIR CITY 18: INTERNATIONAL II, January 24 - February 2
,Bay Area Crew, Amoeblog

"Amoeba Music is proud to join forces once again with the Film Noir Foundation's epic yearly festival, NOIR CITY this January." MORE

NOIR CITY 1 - 17 SCREENINGS

NOIR CITY Screenings 1-15

→ View our complete list of films screened at NOIR CITY 1-17 here.

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. MORE

2016 NOIR CITY 14

NOIR CITY returned to San Francisco's majestic Castro Theatre for its 14th edition, January 22-31, 2016. Its timely theme, given the threat traditional arts face from the technology revolution and its accompanying skyrocketing living costs, was "The Art of Darkness"—a collection of 25 noir-stained films exploring the pressures, pitfalls, paranoia and pain of being an artist in an indifferent and often cruel world. MORE

2015 NOIR CITY 13

Movie lovers from around the globe had a grand time at the 13th annual edition of NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, held January 16–25, 2015. MORE

2014 NOIR CITY 12

The 12th edition of the world's most popular film noir festival went international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories and style are a specifically American phenomenon. MORE

2013 NOIR CITY 11

NOIR CITY's 11th year festival kicked off with a tribute to guest of honor Peggy Cummins, legendary for her ferocious performance as outlaw Annie Laurie Starr in Gun Crazy. MORE

2012 NOIR CITY X

NOIR CITY celebrated its tenth anniversary as the world's most popular film noir festival with a 10-day extravaganza featuring San Francisco treats, a Dashiell Hammett marathon, freshly preserved 35mm rarities, by-popular-demand encore screenings, and super special guest star ANGIE DICKINSON. MORE

2011 NOIR CITY 9

NOIR CITY 9 audiences proved to be noir-nuts, packing the Castro Theatre for ten days and nights of wonderfully entertaining craziness. Loyal customers saw the ultimate payoff from their patronage: three brand new 35mm prints funded by the Film Noir Foundation: High Wall (1947), Loophole (1954), and The Hunted (1948). MORE

2010 NOIR CITY 8

The 2010 NOIR CITY 8 at San Francisco's Castro Theatre broke its previous record for attendance. Many of the regular patrons declared that the 2010 edition of the world’s most popular film noir festival had the best “vibe” yet, as hundreds of loyal Bay Area attendees mixed with an amazing influx of out-of-state and international fans, in town for the festival’s duration. MORE

2009 NOIR CITY 7

The theme of the NOIR CITY 7 running from January 23 through February 1, 2009, was Newspaper Noir, with many of the films set in the world of newspapers, publishing or radio. Programmers Eddie Muller and Anita Monga made a special effort to have NOIR CITY's nightly double bills reflect the traditional programming of theaters in the 1940s. MORE

2008 NOIR CITY 6

Neither the brutally inclement weather, nor the traffic-stopping logistics of having Gus van Sant and (NC4 special guest) Sean P enn shooting a film right outside the theater could deter record crowds from packing the Castro Theatre during the 10-day festival spanning January 25 – February 3, 2008. Go here to read about the highlights of the NOIR CITY 6 including press links and photos..

2007 NOIR CITY 5

Held January 26 through February 4, 2007, NOIR CITY 5 saw more than 11,000 people attending the ten-day series at the Castro Theatre, establishing a new box office milestone for the festival. Go here to view NOIR CITY 5 photo and media coverage.

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