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Noir City 7 - San Francisco Film Noir Festival


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I've heard noir fans from all over the U.S. and Canada travel to San Francisco in January for the "Noir City" festival. The lineup for the January 2009 festival has been announced!!!

 

Festival passports (good for all events and screenings) are only $100! B-)

 

*The San Francisco Film Noir Festival returns to the majestic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, January 23 - February 1, 2009.*

 

Making a special appearance at this year's festival will be 1950s favorite Arlene Dahl, who will appear for an onstage interview between screenings of two of her favorite films, made back-to-back in 1956: *Slightly Scarlet* (based on the novel Love's Lovely Counterfeit by James M. Cain) and the rarely screened femme-fatale classic *Wicked as They Come*.

 

The theme of this year's festival is Newspaper Noir, with many of the films set in the world of newspapers, or, in some cases, publishing or radio. Come see how mid-20th-century media stack up against today's fourth estate.

 

Programmers Eddie Muller and Anita Monga have made a special effort to have NOIR CITY's nightly double bills (and for the first time separate Saturday matinees) reflect the traditional programming of theaters in the 1940s. To that end, they sought out rare, legitimate B films?shorter movies that were intentionally made to fill out the second half of a double bill. "I think this will probably be as close as you're going to get to actually going to the movies in 1948," says Muller.

 

 

 

Friday, January 23

DEADLINE USA (1952) | SCANDAL SHEET (1952)

 

Saturday, January 24

Matinee

CHICAGO DEADLINE (1949) | BLIND SPOT (1947)

 

Evening show with ARLENE DAHL IN PERSON!

SLIGHTLY SCARLET (1956) | WICKED AS THEY COME (1956)

 

Sunday, January 25

ACE IN THE HOLE (1951) | CRY OF THE HUNTED (1953)

 

Monday, January 26

ALIAS NICK BEAL (1949) | NIGHT EDITOR (1946)

 

Tuesday, January 27

THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956) | JOHNNY STOOL PIGEON (1949)

 

Wednesday, January 28

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) | SHAKEDOWN (1950)

 

Thursday, January 29

THE BIG CLOCK (1948) | STRANGE TRIANGLE (1946)

 

Friday, January 30

THE UNSUSPECTED (1947) | DESPERATE (1947)

 

Saturday, January 31

Matinee

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) | TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE (1945)

 

Evening Show: TBA

 

Sunday, February 1

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) | THE KILLERS (1946) (newly restored 35-mm print!)

 

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Eddie Muller was explaining to the Noir City audience last night that following last year's fire at one of the Universal vaults, the studio has now begun striking new prints of many of the movies that were destroyed in the fire (the negatives were in another location). So it seems that the print of *Alias Nick Beal* that played on Monday night was an absolutely brand-new print, struck last year from the original negative.

 

One wonders - if Universal's going through the trouble of digging up some of these old negatives so that it can make new prints to replace the ones that were lost in the fire, is there any chance they'd bother making a good video transfer for an eventual DVD release? With a cast that includes Ray Milland, Thomas Mitchell and Audrey Totter, one would think *Alias Nick Beal* would be worth releasing on DVD.

 

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