Three weeks of gloriously gritty black & white flicks and feisty femmes fatales!
Noir City: 16th Annual Festival of Film NoirEgyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028) Map it $11
Where better to celebrate film noir than in its very birthplace, Tinseltown? Over the course of three weeks, 16th Annual Festival of Film Noir, NOIR CITY: Hollywood—co-presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation—celebrates Hollywood’s golden age of crime dramas — and perhaps its most cult genre. Get hooked into the captivating, hardboiled stories of feisty femme fatales, dogged detectives, and malicious mobsters—all cast in stylishly somber-meets-gloriously gritty black & white—who dwell in this dark, Depression-era demimonde of crime and [occasionally] punishment. In addition to a mix of rare (read: not available on DVD) gems—including the newly-restored “Too Late for Tears” and “Southside 1-1000”—and classic, usual suspects (many of which are screened in their original 35mm format), the program includes several evenings devoted to French, British, and Italian noir, honoring this year’s theme, "It's a Bitter Little World.”
This year’s astounding lineup of films shows the genre’s popularity around the world with evenings devoted to French (TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN, RIFIFI, JENNY LAMOUR), British (IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY, BRIGHTON ROCK) and Italian (OSSESSIONE) noir. We remember a trio of talented actresses who died in 2013 with noir nights devoted to Joan Fontaine (BORN TO BE BAD, IVY), Eleanor Parker (CAGED, DETECTIVE STORY) and Audrey Totter (TENSION, ALIAS NICK BEAL). We’ve also got tributes to actor Dan Duryea, writer David Goodis and director Hugo Fregonese, and more.
Join Eddie Muller and FNF co-director Alan K. Rode as they host another edifying and entertaining excursion into the dark recesses of Hollywood’s most lasting artistic movement - film noir.
Series programmed by Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.
This year's closing-weekend party is on Saturday, April 6 and will feature film, live music from Dean Mora's Swingtet, martinis, gambling, and other noirish activities - come dressed as a femme fatale, gumshoe or gangster!