10 DAYS OF HEISTS, HOLD-UPS, AND SCHEMES GONE AWRY
The 2017 incarnation of the world's most popular film noir festival, returning to the legendary Castro Theatre January 20–29, will present 24 exceptional films ranging from the mid-20th century to today and culled from all parts of the globe. "The Big Knockover" is a veritable history of the heist film, from black-and-white Hollywood classics such as Criss Cross (1949) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950) to stunning contemporary thrillers like El Aura (2005) and Victoria (2015). NOIR CITY 15's lineup explores, in films both suspenseful and comedic, the desperate lengths to which people will go to beat the system and hit the big time.
Films in the festival come from the United States, England, Japan, France, Italy, Argentina, and Germany and span eight decades of filmmaking. Festival producer, co-programmer and host Eddie Muller clarifies that despite the change of pace, "This doesn't mean we've run out of films from the original noir movement. That remains our primary focus, and it is films of that period the Film Noir Foundation is dedicated to rescuing and restoring. But this particular theme—heist films—is much richer when the parameters are expanded to include films from different countries and eras. By making that leap, a more intriguing experience emerges for those loyal patrons who join us for the full ride."
Save Money & Time with a NOIR CITY Passport
Secure your spot at NOIR CITY 15 with an all-access NOIR CITY PASSPORT. It grants the bearer entry to all 24 films in this year's program. Because the separate passport holders' queue allows early admittance to the theatre, you'll be able to grab a prime seat at all the shows—even on opening night. And if that's not enough, there's also the opening-night reception on the Castro Mezzanine beginning at 5:45 p.m., exclusively for passport holders. All this for the incredible price of $120. The NOIR CITY Passport also makes the perfect holiday gift for the film lover in your life! Best of all, proceeds from the festival help fund the FNF's restoration and preservation efforts year-round. This is your chance to have a smashing time AND preserve a valuable art form. BUY YOURS TODAY!
Passports are non-transferable. All sales are final. Patrons MUST arrive 20 minutes before showtime to be guaranteed a seat!
2017 NOIR CITY ACCOMMODATIONS - HOTEL REX
If you're an out-of-towner looking for lodging in the City, or a local wanting to turn a night at the festival into an easy getaway, our friends at the Hotel Rex are offering a 15% discount off regular room rates for festival guests during NOIR CITY 15, January 20-29, 2017. Located in Union Square at 562 Sutter between Mason and Powell, you can get to the festival's Castro Theatre in about 20 minutes via MUNI underground, street car, or cab. Amenities at the Hotel Rex include complimentary Wi-Fi, upgraded to 100 MB, and flat-screen TVs with iPod docks in every room as well as a complimentary glass of wine from 5:00-6:00 each evening. For something special, treat yourself to the hotel's lovely Library Bar offering handcrafted cocktails and a menu of American classics.
BOOK HERE for your special festival rate.
2016 NOIR CITY 14 PHOTOS
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ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The continued support of NOIR CITY festival attendees aids the Film Noir Foundation in their mission to preserve and create a theatrical audience for noir films like the classic 1956 Argentine noir Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems). Restored in 2015 with the cooperation of UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust), this vitally significant "lost" film made its North American debut at last year's NOIR CITY festival in San Francisco. The film went on tour and screened at several NOIR CITY satellite festivals throughout the year.
In addition to Los tallos amargos, NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors have made it possible over the years for the FNF to restore Cry Danger (1951), The Prowler (1951), Try and Get Me! (1951), Repeat Performance (1947), High Tide (1947), Too Late for Tears (1949), The Guilty (1947) and Woman on the Run (1950), as well as funding our many 35mm preservations. Donate here and be a film noir savior.
Can't make it to San Francisco for NOIR CITY 15? We'll see you at one of our satellite festivals during 2016 in Seattle, Hollywood, Austin, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C.
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NOIR CITY Annual #9
It just keeps getting better! 2017's NOIR CITY Annual 9, the best of the best from 2016's exciting NOIR CITY e-magazine, is a must-have for your growing Annual collection—essays, interviews, profiles, tributes, and reviews of classic and modern noir films from writers at the top of their game—Imogen Sara Smith, Vince Keenan, Brian Light, Jake Hinkson, Martyn Waites, Johnny Shaw, and Eddie Muller, including Eddie's essay on the making of The Murderers Are Among Us. Book layout and design by Michael Kronenberg. And, as with any purchase from the FNF, when you purchase NOIR CITY Annual 9, you'll be helping fund the non-profit foundation's restoration efforts.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Get Your Noir News Here!
The world of noir goes well beyond the boundaries of NOIR CITY. The Film Noir Foundation's news page brings you the latest on film noir screenings and festivals in the U.S. and abroad. We also cover: neo-noirs currently in the theatre; DVD, Blu-ray and digital releases of classic noirs and the films influenced by them; and noir news "beyond the cinema"—current events, fine and performing art pieces, and commercial products inspired by the world of noir. We'll also let you know which dark gems are playing during the current month on Turner Classic Movies on the Film Noir Foundation's TV Listing's page.
Our Video Archives feature an expanding catalog of noir-related video, ranging from exclusive interviews, to festival guest appearances, to short films inspired by film noir.
LATEST ADD Alan K. Rode's interview with actor Claude Jarman, Jr. following a screening of Intruder in the Dust at the 2016 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs. WATCH.
→ View our list of films screened at NOIR CITY 1-14 here.
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