The Film Noir Foundation and Music Box Theatre have teamed up for the fifth time to present Noir City 5, a festival that honors the Film Noir genre—from recognized classics to rare finds such as It Always Rains on Sunday which screened last night.
Shot in 1947 and released in 1948, the Ealing Studios import adapted from a novel by Arthur La Bern is skillfully shot by director Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets) and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe.
The film’s realistic depiction of working-class London could just as easily be linked to the British Kitchen Sink Dramas as to Hollywood’s Film Noir which is part of the beauty of this festival. It veers away from obvious cinematic selections to broaden filmgoers’ views—offering a live introduction before and Q&A after each movie in the series.
Another feature that sets this festival apart from so many others is its location. Each film is screened at the historic Music Box Theatre, an independently-owned and operated gem that dates back to 1920. Seeing a movie in this setting puts it into a context—it’s how it was seen, on the big screen, when first released—and offers vastly different experience from watching a film on DVD or streaming it on a laptop.
The Noir City 5 schedule continues with:
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
Directed by John Farrow. With Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund, Virginia Bruce. Screening on Wednesday, August 28, at 5:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Alias Nick Beal (1949)
Directed by John Farrow. With Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready. Screening on on Wednesday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Street of Chance (1942)
Directed by Jack Hively. With Burgess Meredith, Claire Trevor, Louise Platt, Sheldon Leonard. Screening on Thursday, August 29, at 5:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Sleep, My Love (1948)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. With Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, Don Ameche, Rita Johnson. Screening on Thursday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit musicboxtheatre.com.