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  1. Time for a first weekend report on *NOT NECESSARILY NOIR* at the Roxie. While the crowds haven't been as huge as this past Spring's program, the audience response, I'm happy to say, has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Friday night's opening program of *INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS* (1956) and *THE CREEPING UNKNOWN* (1955) was met with loud approval. One of the risks of programming a film like *BODY SNATCHERS* is that it's a film that has been wildly over-saturated on cable TV and home video. Finding someone who's never seen it would be a challenge, and it was apparent that most of the peop
  2. Thanks ChiO - You probably don't realize it but you were the biggest reason I got so turned on by Garfein's film *SOMETHING WILD*. Had you not recommended it so highly I might not have checked it out further on TCM. Now it's going up on the big screen and we have you to thank! Maven - your appreciation is greatly appreciated! The Roxie Theater has finally posted the info on this series on their website; here's the link: http://www.roxie.com/events/details.cfm?eventID=EBF108FA-B3AB-EBEE-755ED20AE1239F63
  3. Hey everyone - Next month the Roxie Theater in San Francisco plays host to my latest film series-- *NOT NECESSARILY NOIR!* Two thrilling weeks of dark and disturbing motion picture entertainment featuring films in a variety of unusual genres (horror, science fiction, westerns) as well as films made in COLOR in the years long past the period generally associated with film noir. Here's the line-up: *Friday, August 20* *INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS* (1956) Don Siegel's original version of what is, for many, the ultimate sci-fi noir of the period! *THE CREEPING UNKNOWN* (19
  4. Hi JF - Thanks for your very kind words about my noir show at the Roxie! I think it's going to be enormously exciting with a number of films that have been quite elusive. As for the films I'm personally most thrilled about presenting are: *JOHNNY O'CLOCK*, terrific debut feature from Robert Rossen, *THE WHISTLER*, totally eerie B noir directed by William Castle, *SOUL OF A MONSTER*, really interesting supernatural noir with the ominous George MacReady, both Joseph H. Lewis noirs, *MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS* and *SO DARK THE NIGHT*, Fritz Lang's evocative sizzler *HUMAN DESIRE*, the pair of noirs
  5. Hi finance! You might find it interesting to know that one of the films in the Roxie's upcoming film noir extravaganza, *THE BURGLAR*, was written by one of Philadelphia's most notable writers--David Goodis. Much of the picture was filmed right there in Philly!
  6. Arkadin said: *Soul of a Monster hits the big screen! I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks about that one.* *SOUL OF A MONSTER* represents one of the more intriguing hybrids of the noir style---a blend of pulp mysticism and B noir mystery. I think that fans of the style will find this film to be a revelation and hopefully open the door for more widespread acceptance. It's quite remarkable on a variety of levels.
  7. For those interested in more info regarding the Roxie noir program, including descriptions of films, etc...here's the link to the Roxie Theater's website: http://www.roxie.com/events/details.cfm?eventid=80E856EB%2DACC8%2DFC5D%2DA2373DFE6FB28ADB
  8. I?m pleased and proud to announce that the *Roxie Theater in San Francisco* has invited me back to curate another program of great noir films, commencing on *Thursday, September 17 and running through Wednesday, September 30*. This time around we?ll be presenting a whopping twenty-two films from the fabled vaults of *Columbia Pictures*! Although it has been reported that Sony has plans for releasing a handful of these titles on DVD later in the year, none are currently available in that format. I sincerely hope that noir enthusiasts from all over, not just the Bay Area, will find their way to
  9. I?m pleased and proud to announce that the *Roxie Theater in San Francisco* has invited me back to curate another program of great noir films, commencing on *Thursday, September 17 and running through Wednesday, September 30*. This time around we?ll be presenting a whopping twenty-two films from the fabled vaults of *Columbia Pictures*! Although it has been reported that Sony has plans for releasing a handful of these titles on DVD later in the year, none are currently available in that format. I sincerely hope that noir enthusiasts from all over, not just the Bay Area, will find their way to
  10. Our film noir series at the Roxie in San Francisco---I WAKE UP DREAMING---went out on a high note Thursday night with the massive pairing of *CITY OF FEAR* (1959) and *SHACK OUT ON 101* (1955), two cold war curios that had the packed house on their feet. This has been a great two weeks of dark fun, but it isn't quite over yet. The crowds have demanded more, so we've cobbled together another six nights of double-shots, a Best of the Fest that (finally!) comes to an end on Wednesday, June 3. Last night (Friday) we showed *THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE* and *FRAMED* Sat 5/30: *ALL NIGHT LONG* and *TH
  11. Another exceptional double feature *Tuesday night at the Roxie!!* First up was *THE PRETENDER*, a quite rare 1947 poverty row noir from Republic Pictures. Directed by W. Lee Wilder (Billy Wilder's older brother!) and starring the incredible Albert Dekker, it also has the distinction of being the first hard-core noir film shot by John Alton. His work here is deliriously bizarre, creating major mood shifts with sudden dramatic lighting changes and eye-popping shadow play. The story of a corrupt financial advisor who plunders a client's holdings is transformed into an exercise in mounting parano
  12. CM asked: *with the audiences at your show, do they watch the film respectfully, knowing the film was from another time...or do they laugh at it. Are they getting it or making fun of it?* I can honestly say that the Roxie noir crowd is perhaps the most respectful and reverential audience there is. They laugh when something is legitimately funny and cheer wildly when that particular emotional response is called for. I've sat through many so-called classic noir films at other theaters and the audience reaction can be maddening at best; condescending and smug. The Castro Theater, not far from
  13. Last night we presented a pair of insanely rare and obscure noirs with the underlying theme of prostitution running wildly through them. And while the theme manifested in this sensationalized nature, these two films were really much more about the abusive treatment of women at the hands of evil, sadistic men. *UNDER AGE* (1941) is a seldom seen Columbia B oddity directed by Edward Dmytryk near the beginning of his illustrious yet controversial career. Two young sisters are released from the Girl's Reformatory and are immediately preyed upon by a lascivious group of men (pimps) who offer them
  14. CM, you said: *I have "Blonde Ice." I'd better pull that out of my pile soon and check it out.* You've got a handful of great reasons to check out *BLONDE ICE*, like pronto: 1) Leslie Brooks, a fairly obscure thesp, turns in one incredible femme fatale performance, very much in the Janis Carter / Jean Gillie school of casual cruelty. 2) It was directed by Jack Bernhard, he of *DECOY* fame. 3) It was rumored (as yet unsubstantiated) to have originated from a story written by Edgar G. Ulmer. It was produced by Martin Mooney, who produced Ulmer's classic *DETOUR*. 4) It's only 73 minutes.
  15. Here?s a random list of 1940s B noirs that just happened to fly out of my head; there are literally hundreds more where these came from, so you might see it as something of a ?starter kit.? I intentionally left off many of the higher profile titles form the major studios---many of those (like *JOHNNY O'CLOCK, PHANTOM LADY, BLACK ANGEL*, etc) tend to blur the line betwixt A & B. The films listed here are bona fide B delights, not to be missed by hard-core fanatics! *STRANGER ON THE 3rd FLOOR* (1940; RKO) *STREET OF CHANCE* (1942; PARAMOUNT) *THE LEOPARD MAN* (1943; RKO) *WHEN STRANGERS
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