Noir City DC: The 2010 Film Noir Festival
October 16-November 3

This edition of Noir City DC features a cavalcade of noir stars, including Robert Mitchum, Sterling Hayden, and Burt Lancaster, and femmes fatales Rhonda Fleming, Marie Windsor and Kim Novak; seminal works by great noir directors Anthony Mann, Jacques Tourneur and André de Toth; a tribute to the dynamic work of unsung director Andrew L. Stone; plus cult classics and rarities that can't be seen anywhere else. Once again, film noir scholar Foster Hirsch of the Film Noir Foundation will lead discussions on some of the genre's greatest achievements.

The Film Noir Foundation
The Film Noir Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement. The Foundation's mission is to find and preserve films in danger of being lost or irreparably damaged, and to ensure that high-quality prints of these classic films remain in circulation for theatrical exhibition to future generations.

SPECIAL THANKS TO EDDIE MULLER AND FOSTER HIRSCH FOR MAKING THIS SERIES POSSIBLE.

Eddie Muller and Foster Hirsch will appear at select screenings in the Noir City DC series. Look for the red asterisks below!
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all screenings in the Noir City DC series.


BORDER INCIDENT

Spectacular cinematography by noir master John Alton transforms this procedural exposé of illegal farm workers on the Texas-Mexico border into a noir fever dream. An intense and surprisingly violent "docu-drama," written by crime specialist John C. Higgins and directed by the great Anthony Mann. (Courtesy of Noir City Seattle)

DIR Anthony Mann; SCR John C. Higgins; PROD Nicholas Nayfack. US, 1949, b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 16, 3:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR

Newspaper reporter John McGuire plunges into a nightmare of guilt, fearing that his "evidence" has sentenced the wrong man to death. A stunning example of cinematic expressionism, cited by many as the first studio film shot in a completely noir style. Peter Lorre virtually reprises the eerily convincing persona he created in Fritz Lang's M, adding an emotion-wringing melancholia to his performance as a paranoid, lost soul. Featuring the astounding art direction of Van Nest Polglase and the brilliant cinematography of Nicholas Musuraca, as well as reportedly uncredited script work by Nathanael West (The Day of the Locust)! (Courtesy of Noir City Los Angeles)

DIR Boris Ingster; SCR Frank Partos; PROD Lee Marcus. US, 1940, b&w, 64 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 17, 3:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

VERTIGO
50th Anniversary Restored Version!
*In Person: Eddie Muller of The Film Noir Foundation

Perennially hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, this is Alfred Hitchcock's supreme achievement, the fullest expression of his cinematic obsessions and the one that goes the furthest in pursuit of them. On a leave of absence after his spell of acrophobia led to the death of a beat cop, Jimmy Stewart's San Francisco detective accepts an unusual PI assignment from old college classmate Tom Helmore: follow wife Kim Novak, not because she's cheating, but because she's possessed! The truth is much more mundane, duplicitous and deadly, with Stewart spiraling first into devastation, then revenge-fueled obsession.

DIR/PROD Alfred Hitchcock; SCR Alec Coppel, Samuel Taylor, based on the novel d'Entre les Morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. US, 1958, color, 126 min. RATED PG

Fri, Oct 22, 7:00*; Sat, Oct 23, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

CRISS CROSS
*In Person: Eddie Muller of The Film Noir Foundation

"The savage drama of an amazing double double-cross!" This follow-up to the smash hit THE KILLERS reteams director Robert Siodmak with star Burt Lancaster, who once again finds himself on the short side of a deadly love triangle. Lancaster returns to his native Los Angeles and his old neighborhood haunts after a year of wandering and soon bumps into ex-wife Yvonne de Carlo, who seems interested in rekindling their relationship, though she has just married gangster Dan Duryea. Soon the hopelessly still-smitten Lancaster is drawn into Duryea's criminal orbit, planning an armored car heist and scheming to run off with de Carlo but completely unaware that the others may be looking to leave him holding the bag.

DIR Robert Siodmak; SCR Daniel Fuchs, based on the novel by Don Tracy; PROD Michael Kraike. US, 1949, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 23, 1:00*; Mon, Oct 25, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

ACT OF VIOLENCE
*In Person: Eddie Muller of The Film Noir Foundation

Respected family man and successful contractor Van Heflin is a World War II veteran who is building and dedicating a war monument to his fallen comrades. When Robert Ryan arrives in Heflin's sleepy hometown wild-eyed and determined to kill him, it becomes clear that there may be some dark secrets that Heflin would do anything—even kill—to keep. Mary Astor as a lady of the night and Janet Leigh as Heflin's unsuspecting wife round out the superb cast.

DIR Fred Zinnemann; SCR Robert L. Richards; PROD William H. Wright. US, 1948, b&w, 82 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 23, 3:00*; Wed, Oct 27, 6:30 (Montgomery College show)

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

HIGHWAY 301
*In Person: Eddie Muller of The Film Noir Foundation

Director Andrew L. Stone was known primarily for musicals (including the pioneering black showcase STORMY WEATHER, with Lena Horne) before suddenly switching to a solid decade of hardboiled yarns shot largely on authentic locations. This was the first in that vein, and one of the best. Steve Cochran is a cold-blooded outlaw leading the Tri-State Gang on a robbery and murder spree through Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. The film combines the popular early-1950s "documentary" approach with flashes of wildly stylized and (for the time) graphic violence. With Virginia Grey (THE THREAT), Gaby Andre and Robert Webber (12 ANGRY MEN) in his feature film debut. (Courtesy of Noir City Los Angeles)

DIR/SCR Andrew L. Stone; PROD Bryan Foy. US, 1950, b&w, 83 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 23, 5:00*; Wed, Oct 27, 9:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

SCARLET STREET
Restored 35mm Print!
*In Person: Eddie Muller of The Film Noir Foundation

One of director Fritz Lang's greatest American films and a canonical film noir of the classic, genre-defining 1940s. Walking home from a boozy party at his boss's Manhattan mansion, mild-mannered bank teller Edward G. Robinson surprises himself when he breaks up Dan Duryea's on-street pimp-slapping of Joan Bennett, knocking Duryea cold. Emboldened by Bennett's grateful attentions, he spirals into full-on midlife crisis mode, courting Bennett, entering into an art fraud scheme with the apologetic-but-duplicitous Duryea and skimming from the till at work. This isn't going to end well. 35mm print restored by the Library of Congress.

DIR/PROD Fritz Lang; SCR Dudley Nichols, based on La Chienne by Georges de La Fouchardière and André Mouézy-Éon. US, 1945, b&w, 103 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 24, 1:00*; Thu, Oct 28, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE KILLING
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

Stanley Kubrick was 27 when he directed his third feature, creating one of film noir's most influential works. This film marked a key transition between the end of the classic noir cycle of the '40s and '50s and the neonoir period of the '60s and '70s. Ex-con hard case Sterling Hayden assembles a crew of colorful lowlifes to pull off a daring daytime racetrack heist. Poor judgment, bad luck and a faithless wife conspire to undo their big score, and as things fall apart, this time-fractured puzzle of a story comes together. The screenplay was co-written by Kubrick and pulp great Jim Thompson; the sharp cinematography is by Lucien Ballard.

DIR/SCR Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White; PROD James B. Harris. US, 1956, b&w, 85 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 24, 3:20*; Thu, Oct 28, 9:15

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

PUSHOVER
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

A cold-blooded guyÉ a hot-blooded blonde!
"Money isn't dirty, just people." Fred MacMurray reprises his DOUBLE INDEMNITY persona as a cop investigating a bank robbery who, after falling for the suspect's girlfriend (Kim Novak in her screen debut), hatches a scheme with her to off her boyfriend and keep the money. The script is by Roy Huggins, creator of TV's THE FUGITIVE, and underrated director Richard Quine displays mastery of the noir conventions.

DIR Richard Quine; SCR Roy Huggins, based on The Night Watch by Thomas Walsh and Rafferty by William S. Ballinger; PROD Jules Schermer. US, 1954, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 24, 5:20*; Tue, Oct 26, 9:30

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

CRY DANGER
Restored 35mm Print!
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

Robert Parrish's directorial debut, one of the wickedest, wittiest revenge yarns of the original film noir era, was recently restored under the auspices of the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. It costars the ravishing Rhonda Fleming and the redoubtable Richard Erdman, one of the great wisecrackers of all time. (Courtesy of Noir City)

DIR Robert Parrish; SCR William Bowers; PROD W.R. Frank, Sam Wiesenthal. US, 1951, b&w, 79 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 24, 7:20*; Mon, Oct 25, 9:30

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

PITFALL
Restored 35mm Print!
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

This independently produced gem is the most realistic exploration of adultery produced in 1940s Hollywood. Bored suburbanite Dick Powell drifts into a dalliance with hard-luck model Lizabeth Scott, only to find his life and family threatened by an obsessive private eye and a jealous ex-con. Director André De Toth had the gifted Bill Bowers rewrite the script. The result is truly believable noir—a wrenching tale of repressed lust and suburban ennui. Restored print courtesy the UCLA Film and Television Archive. (Courtesy of Noir City)

DIR/SCR André De Toth; SCR Karl Kamb, William Bowers, after the novel by Jay Dratler; PROD Samuel Bischoff. US, 1948, b&w, 86 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 30, 1:00*; Sun, Oct 31, 9:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

CRY TERROR!
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

A happily married couple (James Mason and Inger Stevens) is caught up in a dangerous web of suspense and intrigue when the husband unintentionally helps a psychopathic criminal (Rod Steiger) build a deadly bomb. He is kidnapped with his wife and daughter by a pair of thugs (Jack Klugman and Angie Dickinson), and things quickly go from bad to worse as this little-seen noir thriller ratchets up the tension to a wrenching level. (Courtesy of NW Film Center)

DIR/SCR/PROD Andrew L. Stone; PROD Virginia L. Stone. US, 1958, b&w, 96 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 30, 3:00*; Tues, Nov 2, 9:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

NIGHTFALL
New 35mm Print!
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

Jacques Tourneur's other great contribution to the noir canon, ten years after OUT OF THE PAST. Jittery Aldo Ray is being followed around sweltering LA by nosy insurance investigator James Gregory, as well as gangsters Brian Keith and Rudy Bond, who know that Ray knows too much about a heist they pulled a year before. When Keith and Bond grab Ray and take him for a ride, the past comes crashing back in a classic noir flashback, transporting the action to wintry Wyoming, where Ray was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also starring Anne Bancroft and Jocelyn Brando (Marlon's sister); cinematography by Burnett Guffey (BONNIE AND CLYDE).

DIR Jacques Tourneur; SCR Stirling Silliphant, based on the story by David Goodis; PROD Ted Richmond. US, 1957, b&w, 78 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 30, 5:15*; Sun, Oct 31, 5:15*; Tue, Nov 2, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

The only film directed by the great actor Charles Laughton, it has enjoyed cult status across six decades. Blending the frightening mythological power of a Brothers Grimm fable with Southern Gothic creepiness, it's the story of two children guarding their dead father's stash of stolen money from an interloping preacher (Robert Mitchum) and the nightmare that descends upon their family when he marries their mother (Shelley Winters). With expressionistic lighting effects and memorably stylized art design, it's a marvel to look at, and Mitchum, usually the paragon of cool, here gives a flamboyantly over-the-top performance as the psychotic villain.

DIR Charles Laughton; SCR James Agee, based on the novel by Davis Grubb; PROD Paul Gregory. US, 1955, b&w, 93 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 31, 7:00*; Mon, Nov 1, 7:00; Wed, Nov 3, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

JULIE
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

The husband-and-wife team of Andrew and Virginia Stone created this suspenseful 1950s version of GASLIGHT as a vehicle for Doris Day. Here, the vehicle is a jet airliner in which stewardess Day is trapped by her psychotic husband (a truly scary Louis Jourdan). A wild "woman in jeopardy" film, nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar! (Courtesy of Noir City Los Angeles)

DIR/SCR Andrew L. Stone; PROD Martin Melcher. US, 1956, b&w, 99 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 31, 1:00*; Mon, Nov 1, 9:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE STEEL TRAP
*In Person: Foster Hirsch of The Film Noir Foundation

Stuck-in-a-rut bank manager Joseph Cotten gives in to long-suppressed urges and returns home from work one Friday with $1 million in loot. But he can't shake his sense of middleclass propriety, which complicates his efforts to surprise wife Teresa Wright with a trip to Brazil (and its conveniently flawed extradition treaty), keep secret his recent theft and navigate a series of mishaps with their transcontinental flight from justice. One of unsung noir auteur Andrew L. Stone's most important works, not available on DVD and rarely shown on the big screen. Not to be missed!

DIR/SCR Andrew L. Stone; PROD Bert E. Friedlob. US, 1952, b&w, 85 min. Presented in digital format. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 31, 3:15*; Wed, Nov 3, 9:00

Admission is free; tickets available at the box office on the day of the show.