Noir City DC: the 2011 Film Noir Festival
October 15-November 2


Noir City DC returns! This year's edition includes canonical titles THE MALTESE FALCON, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS and LAURA; many fan favorites from this year's Noir City Film Festival (noircity.com) at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, including CRASHOUT, THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME and BEWARE MY LOVELY; and several excellent lesser-known rarities, including HIGH WALL, LOOPHOLE and THE HUNTED, recently preserved by the Film Noir Foundation.

Film Noir Foundation founder Eddie Muller and noted film noir scholar and Film Noir Foundation board member Foster Hirsch will introduce selected shows and lead postscreening discussions.

The noirs star tough guys Robert Mitchum, John Garfield, Robert Ryan and Humphrey Bogart; formidable femmes Ida Lupino, Jean Simmons, Gene Tierney and Joan Crawford, and with films directed by John Huston, Otto Preminger, Robert Siodmak, Michael Curtiz and B-movie master Joseph H. Lewis, there's something for the hard-boiled aficionado and the noir newcomer alike.

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The Film Noir Foundation, created by writer and film historian Eddie Muller, is committed to rescuing and restoring America's noir heritage. All FNF proceeds from NOIR CITY festivals go to finding and restoring films in danger of being lost or permanently damaged. For information on how you can join the FNF's campaign and receive its bimonthly magazine, visit FilmNoirFoundation.org.

Special thanks to the Film Noir Foundation board, including Eddie Muller, Foster Hirsch and Alan K. Rode, for their invaluable work.

Additional thanks to Todd Weiner and Steven Hill, UCLA Film & Television Archive; and Film Noir Foundation member Katherine Majeed.



MILDRED PIERCE

A hybrid between film noir and the women's picture, MILDRED PIERCE allowed Joan Crawford, no longer an ingénue, to reinvent herself for the 1940s as the independent, career-oriented woman suffering in great luxury. It worked best here, winning her an Academy Award for Best Actress (which the "ill" Crawford accepted in bed). This remarkable story — about a housewife who turns waitress and later becomes a successful restaurant owner, but earns the enmity of her spiteful daughter when the two compete for the love of a playboy — was beautifully adapted for the screen by Ranald MacDougall and Catherine Turney, capturing the intensity of James M. Cain's novel.

DIR Michael Curtiz; SCR Ranald MacDougall, Catherine Turney, based on a novel by James M. Cain; PROD Jerry Wald. US, 1945, b&w, 111 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 15, 12:15; Mon, Oct 17, 4:45; Wed, Oct 19, 4:45; Thu, Oct 20, 4:45

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.

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

"Caustically brilliant! James Wong Howe's black-and-white cinematography is among the best in the film-noir genre, and the performances of Lancaster and Curtis — both playing against type — rank among their greatest." – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

"I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of arsenic." The nastiest, most acid-tongued indictment of the power of the press ever produced. Burt Lancaster gives a legendary performance as J.J. Hunsecker, the most feared columnist in New York, who delights in making desperate press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) do his dirty deeds. Simply put: one of the most enjoyably unpleasant films ever made.

DIR Alexander Mackendrick; SCR Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman; PROD James Hill. US, 1957, b&w, 96 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 16, 1:00; Tue, Oct 18, 5:00; Thu, Oct 20, 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.

HE RAN ALL THE WAY
In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

Small-time hood Nick (John Garfield) reluctantly pulls a stick-up, but when he shoots a cop his life spins out of control. On the run, he cajoles a neighborhood girl (Shelley Winters) into bringing him home — only to take her family hostage. A blistering film created by a cadre of talents (Garfield, director John Berry and writers Dalton Trumbo and Hugo Butler) on the verge of losing their careers to the blacklist. Not available on DVD!

DIR John Berry; SCR Dalton Trumbo, Hugo Butler, from the novel by Sam Ross; PROD Bob Roberts. US, 1951, b&w, 77 min. NOT RATED

Fri, Oct 21, 5:30*; Mon, Oct 24, 6:30; Wed, Oct 26, 6:30

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.

EXPERIMENT IN TERROR
In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

A woman is forced to assist a daring robbery when an unseen mastermind takes her daughter hostage. Director Blake Edwards displays a Hitchcock-like hand as he ratchets up the suspense, culminating in a stunning climax during a Giants-Dodgers game at Candlestick Park. With Lee Remick, Glenn Ford, Ross Martin and Stephanie Powers.

DIR/PROD Blake Edwards; SCR Gordon Gordon, Mildred Gordon, from their novel. US, 1962, b&w, 123 min. NOT RATED

Fri, Oct 21, 7:15*; Sat, Oct 22, 12:45 – just added!; Wed, Oct 26, 9:45

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.

CRASHOUT
In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

Killers on a Furlough from Hell! The rarest of jailbreak films, and one of the best! William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Luther Adler, Gene Evans, Marshall Thompson and William Talman (as a knife-chucking religious fanatic) crash out of the pen to unearth a stashed robbery payroll. Director Lewis Foster's frantic film is full of wild flourishes and stunningly brutal action. Featuring leggy Beverly Michaels, wholesome Gloria Talbott, and...Percy Helton! You'll only find this buried treasure at Noir City! Not available on DVD!

DIR/SCR Lewis R. Foster; SCR/PROD Hal E. Chester. US, 1955, b&w, 89 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 22, 3:00*; Mon, Oct 24, 8:10

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 MALTESE FALCON
70th Anniversary!

In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

Mary Astor portrays one of the most memorable of mysterious noir women in this film, a slippery personality whose name is first given as Miss Wonderly (when Sam Spade's partner is hired and killed) and then as Brigid O'Shaughnessy when she "confesses" to Spade (Humphrey Bogart). He never trusts her, but he loves her. "An almost perfect visual equivalent of the Dashiell Hammett thriller. Huston used Hammett's plot design and economic dialogue in a hard, precise directorial style that brings out the full viciousness of characters so ruthless and greedy that they become comic...a work of entertainment so skillfully constructed that after many years it has the same brittle explosiveness — and even some of the same surprises — that it had in 1941." – Pauline Kael

DIR/SCR John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. US, 1941, b&w, 101 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 22, 5:00*; Mon, Oct 24, 4:30; Wed, Oct 26, 4:30

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.

LOOPHOLE
New 35mm Print!

In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

Noir City is proud to resurrect one of the rarest films of the original noir era, a tidy tale of unjust persecution that plays like a B-film "Les Miserables." An innocent bank clerk (Barry Sullivan), made the fall guy in an embezzlement scheme, is pursued to the brink of insanity by a scarily righteous lawman (merciless Charles McGraw, in a signature performance). Presented in a brand-new 35mm print funded by the Film Noir Foundation! Not available on DVD! (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Harold D. Schuster; SCR Warren Douglas, story by Dwight V. Babcock and George Bricker; PROD Lindsley Parsons. US, 1954, b&w, 80 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 22, 7:15*; Wed, Oct 26, 8:10

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.

LAURA
In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

"I shall never forget the weekend Laura died," intones newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), the Svengali/benefactor to the titular young beauty (Gene Tierney), and rival for her affections alongside her fiance, Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price). Investigating this seemingly dead-end case is tough guy detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), whose snooping pays off in surprising ways. One of the foundational "films noir" cited in Nino Frank's seminal article for l'Ecran francais that coined the term. Five Oscar nominations and a win for Joseph LaShelle's b&w photography, though David Raksin's memorable score (#7 on AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores) was overlooked.

DIR/PROD Otto Preminger; SCR Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Betty Reinhart, from the novel by Vera Caspary. US, 1944, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 23, 1:00*; Tue, Oct 25, 4:30

(Also part of Halloween On Screen's Vincent Price Centennial)

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.

THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME
In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

Robert Young is brilliantly cast against type as a married man whose sex addiction leads to murder. Director Irving Pichel elicits superb, nuanced performances from Susan Hayward, Jane Greer and Rita Johnson as the seduced and deceived women, all full-blooded characters in Jonathan Latimer's sharp-edged screenplay. Produced by Hitchcock protégée Joan Harrison, this is one of the most unjustly obscure films of the 1940s. Not available on DVD! (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Irving Pichel; SCR Jonathan Latimer, Gordon McDonell; PROD Joan Harrison. US, 1947, b&w, 95 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 23, 3:15*; Tue, Oct 25, 6:15

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.

A DOUBLE LIFE
In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

In this extraordinary film, Ronald Colman delivers an Oscar-winning performance as Anthony John, a Broadway actor who discovers madness in his Method. Tackling his greatest role as Othello, John can no longer distinguish his art from his life and begins acting out the character's murderous jealousy. George Cukor brilliantly directs the acerbic script by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. An undisputed classic, presented in an archival print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Preservation funded by the Film Foundation. (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR George Cukor; SCR Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin; PROD Michael Kanin. US, 1947, b&w, 104 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 23, 5:20*; Tue, Oct 25, 8:10

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.

HIGH WALL
New 35mm Print!

In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

Quintessential postwar noir, resurrected in a new 35mm print by the Film Noir Foundation! Brain-damaged vet Robert Taylor confesses to murdering his unfaithful wife and is sentenced to a sanitarium. His doctor (sexy Audrey Totter) gradually realizes he might not be guilty. Taylor gives his best performance ever in this neglected gem, which glistens with director Curtis Bernhardt's feverish rain-soaked noirscapes. (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Curtis Bernhardt; SCR Sydney Boehm, Lester Cole, based on the play by Alan R. Clark and Bradbury Foote; PROD Robert Lord. US, 1947, b&w, 99 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 23, 7:30*; Tue, Oct 25, 10:00

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 TOUGH
New 35mm Print!

In Person: Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will appear at screenings marked with a *.

This late entry in the noir cycle, based on Irving Shulman's popular novel, explores social realism in the barrio and features a stunning performance by John Saxon as a Puerto Rican ex-con pulled every which way by familial pressures, a love affair (with beautiful co-star Linda Cristal) and the lure of his former gang. Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive, funded by the Film Noir Foundation. Not available on DVD!

DIR Paul Stanley; SCR/PROD Harry Kleiner, based on the novel by Irving Shulman. US, 1959, b&w, 83 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 23, 9:30*; Mon, Oct 24, 10:00

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.

ANGEL FACE
In Person: Foster Hirsch of the Film Noir Foundation will be appearing at screenings marked with a *.

Jean Simmons is simultaneously sexy and creepy as a Los Angeles heiress who will do anything to get the man she wants. In this case, it's ultimate noir hero-chump Robert Mitchum, who blithely believes he can handle his unhinged paramour's Electra-fying passion. Otto Preminger directs this doomed romance with an almost suffocating precision, creating what Jean-Luc Godard hailed as one of the ten best films ever made in Hollywood. Not available on DVD! (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR/PROD Otto Preminger; SCR Frank Nugent, Oscar Millard. US, 1952, b&w, 91 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 29, 12:30*; Sun, Oct 30, 9:00; Wed, Nov 2, 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.

BEWARE, MY LOVELY
In Person: Foster Hirsch of the Film Noir Foundation will be appearing at screenings marked with a *.

The great Ida Lupino plays a lonely war widow who employs a drifter (Robert Ryan) as a household handyman, only to learn — too late — precisely why he has no references on his résumé. Lupino and Ryan, a pair of noir heavyweights, battle through a "day without end" to an unexpected climax. Mel Dinelli's suspenseful script is adapted from his hit stage play "The Man." Not available on DVD! (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Harry Horner; SCR Mel Dinelli, based on his play "The Man"; PROD Collier Young. US, 1952, b&w, 77 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 29, 2:30*; Tue, Nov 1, 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.

SUDDEN FEAR
In Person: Foster Hirsch of the Film Noir Foundation will be appearing at screenings marked with a *.

A playwright (Joan Crawford) falls in love with and marries an actor (Jack Palance) she rejected for one of her plays. Little does she realize he and his girlfriend (Gloria Grahame) are planning to drop the final curtain on her. One of the most suspenseful films of the 1950s, shot on location in a shadowy San Francisco by Charles Lang.

DIR David Miller; SCR Lenore J. Coffee, Robert Smith, from the novel by Edna Sherry; PROD Joe Kaufmann. US, 1952, b&w, 110 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 29, 4:20*; Sun, Oct 30, 2:30*

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.

MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS
In Person: Foster Hirsch of the Film Noir Foundation will be appearing at screenings marked with a *.

Unemployed Julia (Nina Foch) gets a dream job working for a wealthy widower, only to awaken in a nightmare — living with a schizo husband and a scheming mother-in-law (George Macready and Dame May Whitty), neither of whom she's ever seen before! Director Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY) made his mark in Hollywood with this incredibly tense and well-acted mystery thriller, one of the best B-films of the era. Not available on DVD! (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Joseph H. Lewis; SCR Muriel Roy Bolton, based on the novel "Women in Red" by Anthony Gilbert; PROD Wallace MacDonald. US, 1945, b&w, 65 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 30, 1:00*; Tue, Nov 1, 8:45

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 DARK MIRROR
In Person: Foster Hirsch of the Film Noir Foundation will be appearing at screenings marked with a *.

Witnesses place Ruth Collins (Olivia de Havilland) at the scene of a grisly murder. When it's discovered she has a twin, Dr. Elliot (Lew Ayres) is brought in to psychologically evaluate them both. When the doc falls for one of them, the other becomes murderously jealous. Noir master Robert Siodmak deftly directs this Oscar-nominated original story, guiding de Havilland through two sensational performances, as the sisters both sweet and sinister. Preservation funded by the Film Foundation. Not available on DVD! (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Robert Siodmak; SCR/PROD Nunnally Johnson. US, 1946, b&w, 85 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 30, 5:05*; Tue, Nov 1, 5:00

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 HUNTED
New 35mm Print!

More buried treasure unearthed! Steve Fisher's original screenplay for this bargain-basement B-film offers a clever twist on the typical femme fatale. Laura Mead (Belita) has served her time for robbery and still claims her innocence. She returns to the city where her former cop lover (Preston Foster) sent her up. Was she guilty — or was he just jealous? Is she back for a fresh start — or revenge? A strange, hypnotic noir from Poverty Row director Jack Bernhard (DECOY), resurrected in a new 35mm print by the Film Noir Foundation! Not available on DVD! (Courtesy of Film Noir Foundation)

DIR Jack Bernhard; SCR Steve Fisher; PROD Scott R. Dunlap. US, 1948, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 30, 7:00; Wed, Nov 2, 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.