The most popular film noir festival in the world is back. Defying media reports regarding the demise of repertory cinema and 35 millimeter film, the next edition of NOIR CITY, opening tonight at the Castro Theatre, Friday January 25th and playing through February 3rd, will present 27 films – including three brand new 35mm restorations funded by the Film Noir Foundation and the noir-loving moviegoers of San Francisco. NOIR CITY will present both celebrated classics and wonderful rarities. Some are newly rescued from extinction and presented in glorious new 35mm prints, others screening for the first time in gorgeous 4K digital restorations.
"We're showing Gun Crazy opening night," said Festival producer Eddie Muller, "and bringing in Peggy Cummins from London. She will never in her lifetime experience a bigger high than she's going to get at the Castro Theatre. She has no idea what this is going to be like! It will completely overwhelm her. Last year, we had Angie Dickinson who has been around the block a few times. While we were on stage together for the interview, I could tell she was overwhelmed. She turned to look at me and had tears in her eyes and she was stunned. Like, what is this?! I really love that. The festival is like a bridge between the generations. I get such a kick out of seeing people be so excited about just being in this theatre – watching old movies, on a big screen. It's thrilling to me."
In addition to the world premieres of the Foundation's latest film restoration projects – Try and Get Me! (1950), Repeat Performance (1949) and High Tide (1948) – is the West Coast premiere of Richard Wright's classic Native Son (1951) starring the author himself. Also having its world premiere is the Foundation's restoration of The Chase (1946). In addition to celebrating film, NOIR CITY will also present the U.S. premieres of stunning 4K digital restorations of the stupendous Sunset Boulevard (1950) and the locally shot 1962 thriller Experiment in Terror. Also premiering are the 4K digital restorations of two of the very first 3-D movies of 1953, Inferno and Man in the Dark.
THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE
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Friday, Jan 25 – Peggy Cummins In Person
D: Joseph H. Lewis. 1950, United Artists [WB], 86 min.
Saturday, Jan 26 Matinees –Tribute to Peggy Cummins (cont'd)
CURSE OF THE DEMON
D: Jacques Tourneur. 1957, Columbia [Sony] 95 min.
1:00, 5:00 PM MATINEE
D: Cy Endfield. 1957, The Rank Organization [Park Circus], 101 min.
3:00 PM MATINEE
Saturday, Jan 26 Evening — Tribute to Nancy Mysel
The Film Noir Foundation will officially announce the Nancy Mysel Legacy Project, created to recognize and financially endow the development of new film preservationists.
TRY AND GET ME!
D: Cy Endfield. 1951, United Artists [FNF/UCLA], 91 min.
D: Max Nosseck. 1951, United Artists [UCLA], 61 min.
Sunday, Jan 27 — Show Biz Noir
D: Alfred L. Werker. 1947, Eagle-Lion [UCLA/FNF], 91 min.
1:00, 5:00, 9:10 PM
D: Billy Wilder. 1950, Paramount , 110 min.
2:50, 7:00 PM
Monday, Jan 28 — Pre-Code Proto-Noir Triple Bill
A HOUSE DIVIDED
D. William Wyler. 1931, Universal, 70 min.
THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR
D: James Whale. 1933, Universal, 67 min.
LAUGHTER IN HELL
D: Edward L. Cahn. 1933, Universal, 70 min.
Tuesday, Jan 29 — African-American Noir
D: Pierre Chenal. 1951, Argentina Sono Films [Library of Congress], 91 min.
INTRUDER IN THE DUST
D: Clarence Brown. 1949, MGM [WB], 87 min.
Wednesday, Jan 30 — San Francisco Noir
D: Edward Dymtryk. 1952, Columbia [Sony], 97 min.)
1:30 PM, 7:00
EXPERIMENT IN TERROR
D: Blake Edwards. 1962, Columbia [Sony], 123 min.
3:30, 9:00 PM
Thursday, Jan 31 — Bad Girls Night
THE OTHER WOMAN
D: Hugo Haas. 1954, 20th Century-Fox, 81min.
THE COME ON
D: Russell Birdwell. 1956, Allied Artists [UCLA], 83min.
Friday, Feb 1— 3D Noir!
MAN IN THE DARK
D: Lew Landers. 1953, Colombia [Sony], 70 min.
D: Roy Ward Baker. 1953, 20th Century-Fox [Ray Zone], 83 min.
Saturday, Feb 2 — Cornell Woolrich Triple Bill!
STREET OF CHANCE
D: Jack Hively. 1942, Paramount [Universal], 74 min.
1:00, 6:00 PM
D: Arthur Ripley. 1946, Warner Bros., 86 min.
D: Ted Tetzlaff. 1949, RKO [WB/UCLA/FNF], 73 min.
4:20, 9:15 PM
Sunday, Feb 3 — B-Noir Marathon
SMOOTH AS SILK
D: Charles Barton. 1946, [Universal, 64 min.
MARY RYAN, DETECTIVE
D: Abby Berlin. 1949, Columbia [Sony], 68 min.
D: Anthony Mann. 1946, Republic [UCLA], 68 min.
FLY BY NIGHT
D: Robert Siodmak. 1942, Paramount [Universal], 74 min.
Sunday Night, Feb 3 — More B-Noir (Separate Admission)
D: Henry Levin. 1946, Columbia [Sony], 66 min
D: John Reinhardt. 1947, Monogram [UCLA/FNF], 74 min.