10 THRILLING DAYS OF ART, MADNESS, AND MURDER!
The most popular film noir festival in the world returns to San Francisco's majestic Castro Theatre for its 14th edition, January 22-31, 2016. Its timely theme, given the threat traditional arts face from the technology revolution and its skyrocketing living costs, is “The Art of Darkness”—a collection of 25 noir-stained films exploring the pressures, pitfalls, paranoia and pain of being an artist in an indifferent and often cruel world. This time the tortured protagonists aren't felons or fall guys, they're writers, painters, dancers, photographers, and musicians.
Some of the best art-flavored classic noirs will screen, including Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place and Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street. However, along with the traditional choices, we're including some unexpected selections. "We're expanding the limits of traditional noir to enhance this year's theme," said NOIR CITY producer, host and co-programmer Eddie Muller, “There's always been a dark side to the way The Arts are represented in film, and I thought it would be intriguing to include some unexpected films, like Love Me or Leave Me and Blow-Up, that have trace elements of noir in the way they explore the more treacherous aspects of creativity.” Art Director Bill Selby's poster for this year's festival perfectly captures this concept of the innerplay between film noir and The Arts. Discover the story in and behind the NOIR CITY 14 posters from Selby here.
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Secure your spot at NOIR CITY with an all-access NOIR CITY PASSPORT. It grants the bearer entry to all 25 films in this year's program at a discount of $24. 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 at the Castro Mezzanine, exclusively for passport holders. All this for the incredible price of $120. 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. The perfect holiday gift for the film lover in your life. BUY YOURS TODAY!
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2016 NOIR CITY 14 PHOTOS
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FILM NOIR FOUNDATION Restores "Lost" Argentine Classic
Los tallos amargos (1956), a vitally significant "lost" film in the history of international noir cinema, has been restored this year by the Film Noir Foundation with the cooperation of UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust).
Based on the novel by journalist Adolfo Jasca, Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems) tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck journalist whose creation of a lucrative, if unethical, correspondence course leads to his committing the perfect murder. Although he's never apprehended, guilt takes its ultimate toll.
The film won the Silver Condor—the Argentine Film Critics Association award to the nation's best film in 1957, with Best Director honors going to Fernando Ayala. Forty-three years later, in 2000, American Cinematographer magazine placed the film at #49 on its list of the "Best Photographed Films of All-Time." Despite these accolades, a 35mm print has not been available for decades, and the film is virtually unknown outside Argentina. With the FNF's restoration, including for the first time English subtitles, this classic Argentinian noir will be returned to its rightful place in cinema history.
The restored Los tallos amargos will have its North American premiere at NOIR CITY 14 on Saturday night, January 23, 2016. You can read the full story of the film's restoration in the current issue of NOIR CITY e-magazine.
ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The continued support of NOIR CITY festival attendees aids the Film Noir Foundation in their mission to preserve film noir and create a theatrical audience for films like The Guilty and Woman on the Run. NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors are directly responsible for the availability of nearly lost 35mm prints for repertory theater screenings across the US. Go here for more on the FNF's mission to save noir films for future generations. Can't make it to San Francisco for NOIR CITY 14? We'll see you at one of our satellite festivals during 2016 in Hollywood, Austin, Chicago, Portland (OR), Washington D.C., and Kansas City.
CONFIRMED 2016 NOIR CITY DATES
NOIR CITY Hollywood: April 15-24
NOIR CITY Austin: May 20-22
NOIR CITY Chicago: August 19-25
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NOIR CITY Annual #7
Delve deep into the best writing today on film noir with this handsomely illustrated compendium from 2014's quarterly NOIR CITY e-magazines. This volume includes essays, interviews, profiles, tributes, and reviews of classic and modern noir films by Vince Keenan, Jake Hinkson, Imogen Sara Smith, Christa Faust, Don Stradley, Wallace Stroby,plus articles from editor-in-chief Eddie Muller. Beautifully designed by the talented Michael Kronenberg. And, when you purchase the NOIR CITY Annual 7, you'll be helping fund the FNF's restoration efforts.
→ View our list of films screened at NOIR CITY 1-13 here.
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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.
FNF VIDEO ARCHIVES
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 Former child actor, now architect and professor, Gordon Gilbert is interviewed by Alan K. Rode at the 2015 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs following a screening of Chicago Calling. WATCH.