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Chicago becomes a Noir City this weekend thanks to post WW II film festival

Music Box Theatre welcomes back Noir City: Chicago, a festival showcasing films produced immediately after World War II, from August 29 to September 4, 2014.

This year’s installment offers an international spin with films such as Akira Kurosawa’s Drunken Angel (1948) with Toshiro Mifune from Japan and the social realist Spanish drama Death of a Cyclist (1955) directed by Juan Antonio Bardem as well as features from Argentina, Britain, France, and Italy—in addition to this country’s own Hollywood releases.

Festival highlights include the Film Noir Foundation’s latest 35mm film restoration print of Byron Haskin’s Too Late for Tears (1949) starring Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea and Arthur Kenned as well as a 35mm print of Roadblock (1951) featuring Charles McGraw and Joan Dixon with direction by Harold Daniels.

Additional films include Luchino Visconti’s first feature Ossessione (1943) based on The Postman Always Rings Twice; John Berry’s Tension (1949) with Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan and William Conrad; and John Cromwell’s Caged (1950) starring Eleanor Parker and Agnes Moorehead.

Friday, August 29

Too Late for Tears 7:00 pm
Roadblock 9:00 pm

Saturday, August 30
Death of a Cyclist 2:00 pm; 9:30 pm 

Born to Be Bad 4:30 pm 

Ossessione 7:00 pm

Sunday, Auust 31
Pépé Le Moko 2:00 pm 

Quai des Orfévres 4:30 pm 

Rififi 7:00 pm 

Two Men in Manhattan 9:30 pm

Monday, September 1
Caged 3:00 pm; 7:00 pm
Tension 5:00 pm; 9:00pm

Tuesday, September 2 

One Way Street 5:00 pm; 9:00 pm 

Hardly a Criminal 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 3
Drunken Angel 5:00 pm; 9:30 pm

Stray Dog 7:00pm

Thursday, September 4 

M 5:00 pm; 9:00 pm 

The Black Vampire 7:00 pm

All films will be screened at Music Box Theatre on 3733 N. Southport Avenue. For ticket information and showtimes, visit

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