The popular San Francisco Film Noir Festival returns to the legendary Castro Theatre Jan. 25–Feb. 3 with an expansive schedule of 27 films, including three brand new 35mm restorations funded by the Film Noir Foundation (FNF).
This year's program will open with Joseph H. Lewis's "Gun Crazy," an audacious work of "outlaw cinema" made during the classic 1950s Hollywood era.
Blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo blasts through the era's production code with a sexually charged story of naive gun lover Bart Tare, whose life runs off the rails once he meets the woman of his darkest dreams, carnival sharpshooter Annie Laurie Starr, portrayed in an all-stops-out performance by 24-year-old Peggy Cummins, delivering the most astounding depiction of erotically explosive female ferociousness ever committed to film at the time. Cummins will be a guest of honor at the opening night event on Jan. 25. She will join Eddie Muller for an onstage conversation immediately following the screening. The festival will also pay tribute to Cummins with a matinee double feature on Jan. 26 featuring two from 1957, "Curse of the Demon" and "Hell Drivers."
According to Noir City, the 11th annual festival will feature screenings of many classics and a few wonderful rarities, along with several newly rescued from extinction and presented in glorious new 35mm prints, and others screening for the first time in gorgeous 4K digital restorations.
Among the films screening will be the world premieres of FNF's latest film restoration projects: "Try and Get Me!" (1950), "Repeat Performance" (1949) and "High Tide" (1948) as well as presenting the West Coast premiere of the ultra-rare adaption of Richard Wright's classic "Native Son" (1951)—starring the author himself. The Film Foundation's restoration of "The Chase" (1946) will also have its world premiere at the festival.
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." They will also premiere the 4K digital restorations of two of the very first 3-D movies of 1953, "Inferno" and "Man in the Dark."
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