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Noir City 15 Hijacked by 10 days of Heist Films

San Francisco Chronicle, G. Allen Johnson

"On Friday, Jan. 20, the dark times begin. We're not referring to the presidential inauguration, but rather the annual NOIR CITY festival, which celebrates its milestone 15th edition with an ambitious slate of heist movies that serves as a virtual history of the genre." MORE

Lincoln Spector at NOIR CITY,

Sunday, Jan. 22

"Americans invented Film Noir, but the French named it. So it seems appropriate that on the first Sunday of this year's festival, NOIR CITY presented a double bill of French crime thrillers." MORE

Saturday, Jan. 21

"Festival head Eddie Muller started his introduction [to Four Ways Out] imitating Marlon Brando in The Godfather. Then he told us of his struggles to get the one existing, English-subtitled print of the 1951 film. After all sorts of troubles, the print finally showed up on Muller's doorstep three days before the screening." MORE

NOIR CITY Returns to the Castro

Luddite Robots, Rick

"NOIR CITY focuses, as you might imagine, on film noir, but with enough tweaks to irritate purists and excite everyone else." MORE

Making Out Like Bandits

San Francisco Magazine, Linda Lenhoff

"Hard-nosed detectives and dishy dames reign as the San Francisco Film Noir Festival brings seven decades' worth of crime drama to the Castro Theatre." MORE

Noir City XV #1: Criss Cross Will Make Ya JUMP JUMP!

Tales of OdieNary Madness, Odie "Odienator" Henderson

"When Robbie Burns said 'The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men/Gang aft agley,' he was talking about the inhabitants of NOIR CITY15. That ol' concept of 'honor amongst thieves' has credence only if you're commiting the robbery by yourself, and sometimes not even then." MORE

Sights & Sounds: Sara Maamouri

KALW, Ninna Gaensler-Debs

Documentary filmmaker Sara Maamouri talks with KALW's Jen Chien about three great events happening around the Bay this weekend including the NOIR CITY 15 opening night screening of The Asphalt Jungle.

"It's a great ensemble cast, and I believe Marilyn Monroe's first film. ... It's a great escapism thing for me. I love watching heist films." MORE

NOIR CITY Film Fest - Bay Area Reporter, Tavo Amador
Part 1

"The genre's dark worldview seems especially appropriate now." MORE

Part 2

"The portrayals of dark and scary times on screen move beyond the classic era to more recent choice examples from Eddie Muller.... " MORE

NOIR CITY: The Great San Francisco Festival of Film Noir

The Movie Gourment

"Being noir, you might not expect many of these heists to end well. And some are from noir's Perfect Crime sub-genre – they're going to get away with the elaborately planned big heist EXCEPT FOR ONE THING." MORE

Now Playing! The Scene of the Crime's the Thing at NOIR CITY

SF Weekly, Jessica Lipsky

"Muller's gone all in on the heist film, redrawing NOIR CITY'S borders beyond American film and even venturing into the 21st century to program "The Big Knockover" (Jan. 20–29 at the Castro)." MORE

Expect a Hold Up at NOIR CITY 15 - Preview and Interview with Eddie Muller

SF Weekly, Jessica Lipsky

"Once you get past the stylistics of [film noir] — black and white, shadows —it's about desperate people doing desperate things in an effort to beat the system because the deck is stacked against them. That's the premise of every heist movie ever made." MORE

NOIR CITY 15: The Big Knockover:

Amoeblog, The Bay Area Crew

"NOIR CITY 15's lineup explores the desperate lengths to which people will go to beat the system and hit the big time, charting a veritable history of the heist film from black & white Hollywood classics such as Criss Cross (1949) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950) to stunning contemporary thrillers like El Aura (2005) and Victoria (2015)." MORE

2017's First Film Festivals

Bayflicks - Lincoln Spector

"One of the most enjoyable festivals in the Bay Area, Eddie Muller's wallow into the dark side of movies always entertains. This year's theme: The Big Knockover: 24 movies about well-planned crime–hold-ups, heists, and so on–that never seem to be as well-planned as the criminals thought." MORE


NOIR CITY Screenings 1-12

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

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. READ 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. READ 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. READ 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. READ MORE.


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. READ 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). READ 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. READ 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. READ 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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