NOIR CITY 13: 'TIL DEATH DO US PART
The 13th edition of NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival returns to the Castro Theatre, January 16–25, 2015, with a program of 25 titles depicting the darker side of marriage.
This year's festival presents an extraordinary range of films all centered around how the bonds of matrimony affect an array of characters—those who crave a perfect and permanent union, those who'll stop at nothing to preserve it, and those who will do anything to escape it.
The program runs the gamut: from revered cinema masterpieces such as Luchino Visconti's Ossessione and H. G. Clouzot's Les Diaboliques to daffy delights such as Doris Day's absurdly entertaining Julie and Douglas Sirk's sensational (and silly) Sleep, My Love. We even step briefly from the shadows to present the movies' most mythically perfect marriage—William Powell and Myrna Loy, as Nick and Nora Charles, in a holiday double bill of The Thin Man and After the Thin Man. Flowing through the festival are several "tributaries" if you will, subsets of films honoring the work of creative talents such as Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan, Barbara Stanwyck, Douglas Sirk, and 1950s husband and wife filmmakers Virginia and Andrew Stone. As festivalgoers have come to expect, the schedule is stocked with neglected gems from familiar filmmakers and sprinkled with surprises from unexpected sources. It's going to be a great ride. Even this year's poster has a surprising back story.
Save Money and Time with a NOIR CITY 13 Passport.
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 $2 per 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. And if that's not enough, there's also the opening-night reception at the Castro, exclusively for passport holders. The party kicks off at 6 pm, with conviviality up on the mezzanine and the Fly Right Sisters performing on stage in the auditorium. Buy a Passport and you're still paying $10 per double bill—with one FREE screening thrown in! It's also the perfect holiday gift for the noir lover in your life! All this for the incredible price of $120. Best of all, proceeds from the festival help fund the FNF's 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 family. BUY YOURS TODAY!
NOTE Passports are non-transferable. All sales are final. Patrons MUST arrive 20 minutes before showtime to be guaranteed a seat!
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ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The continued support of attendees of the NOIR CITY festivals aids the Film Noir Foundation in their mission to preserve film noir and a theatrical audience for films like Woman on the Run and The Guilty. Attendees of the NOIR CITY festivals and donors to the FNF are directly responsible for the availability of 35mm prints of nearly lost film for screening in repertory theaters across the States. Go here for more on the FNF's mission to save film noir for future generations. Can't make it to San Francisco for NOIR CITY 13? We'll see you at one of our satellite festivals playing over the course of 2015 in Seattle, Hollywood, Austin, Chicago, Portland (OR), Washington D.C. and Kansas City.
NOIR CITY 13 Accommodations
Looking for lodging in San Francisco during NOIR CITY 13? Check out the rates and dates offered by our friends at the Prescott Hotel—and see if there's something there for you! This Union Square boutique hotel, located on Post between Mason and Taylor, is housed in the city's original Press Club, and is only a short ride by streetcar, metro, or taxi from the Castro Theatre. Please note that the Prescott is already sold out for Thursday, January 22—Saturday, January 24. You can only get the NOIR CITY rate by following this link to book. The Prescott's NOIR CITY page also provides details on the hotel's amenities.
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Two Lost Treasures Restored
The Film Noir Foundation is proud to present the world premieres of two of our new 35mm restorations, Woman on the Run and The Guilty at NOIR CITY 13.
Anyone who was here in 2003 for the first NOIR CITY will recall the thrill of discovering Woman on the Run, a fabulous film we retrieved from obscurity only to see the sole surviving print burn in a studio fire years later. Now, years of indefatigable effort culminate on Opening Night with the resurrection of this extraordinary film.
Pristine prints of both films will be presented to audiences on the NOIR CITY festival circuit in 2015. The support of our FNF donors and NOIR CITY patrons from around the country and the world helped finance these restorations.
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