NOIR CITY once again offers the dark gift of film noir for the holidays. Join "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller and the reigning Ms. NOIR CITY, Audra Wolfmann, at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre on Wednesday, December 18 for a double dose of Noir Noël. This season’s selections are Allen Baron's landmark independent crime drama, Blast of Silence (1961) followed by the ultra-rare genre-bending Christmas Eve (1947). Mr. Baron will be in attendance to introduce his legendary cult classic, and at the intermission will be signing copies of his new book, Blast of Silence: A Memoir. The show will also feature the public release of the NOIR CITY 12 program schedule, the unveiling of the new NOIR CITY 12 poster, and holiday shopping for the noir-lover in your life. Both films will screen in 35mm, and as usual tickets for this exceptional event are only $10 for the double bill.
Click here to order tickets on-line. Tickets are also available at the Castro box office on the day of show.
BLAST OF SILENCE
Celebrate the holidays in proper noir style with one of the bleakest films ever set during the Christmas season! Taciturn hitman Frankie Bono returns to his childhood haunts in New York for a quick Noël knockoff, only to be tortured by the ghosts of Christmases past. Will Frankie make it to a New Year? A unique and spellbinding low-budget indie that's a singular bridge between classic '40s' film noir and the cinema verité style of the '60s. Produced, written, directed and starring Allen Baron. (1961, 77 min.)
CHRISTMAS EVE (aka, Sinner's Holiday)
This yuletide gift to NOIR CITY fans is a one-time only screening of this ultra-rare comedy-drama hybrid, shown in the only surviving 35mm print! A rich widower will be swindled out of her fortune by a shady executor unless her three ne'er-do-well sons can ALL make it home by Christmas to stake a claim to the estate! George Raft, Joan Blondell and Randolph Scott head an all-star cast of film noir favorites. (1947, 90 min.)
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