The most popular film noir festival in the world is BACK! Defying media reports regarding the demise of repertory cinema and 35 millimeter film, the next edition of NOIR CITY, coming to the Castro Theatre January 25–February 3, 2013, will present its most expansive schedule yet—27 films—including three brand new 35mm restorations funded by the FNF and the noir-loving moviegoers of San Francisco! As always, NOIR CITY will present both celebrated classics and wonderful rarities: some newly rescued from extinction and presented in glorious new 35mm prints, others screening for the first time in gorgeous 4K digital restorations.
Besides the world premieres of the FNF's latest film restoration projects: Try and Get Me! (1950), Repeat Performance (1949) and High Tide (1948), we'll also be 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. We will also premiere the 4K digital restorations of two of the very first 3-D movies of 1953, Inferno and Man in the Dark.
The hugely popular NOIR CITY Nightclub will return on Saturday night, February 2, 2013. Partiers will time travel to 1949 for an extraordinary evening of scintillating music, sexy striptease, dancing and drinking ($5 cocktails—beat that price!), all in our new vintage venue, the Regency Lodge at 1290 Sutter Street (at Van Ness). This year's show, emceed by "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, includes the sizzling jazz of the Dmitri Matheny Group, the sultry pop-noir stylings of Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires, the return of international striptease sensation Evie Lovelle, torch song temptress Laura Ellis, and the uniquely soulful and sinister serenades of El Radio Fantastique! Best of all, festival screenings are arranged so NOIR CITY attendees can attend the soiree without missing a single film!
We do want you to dress the part at the NOIR CITY Nightclub, so come in your 1940s finery. Want to go all out and wear a tux? Selix Formalwear is offering NOIR CITY Nightclub patrons a special deal. Show your NOIR CITY ticket or passport receipt and $15 of your (very reasonable) rental fee will be donated to the Film Noir Foundation. Look sharp . . . and save a film! Selix has 11 locations, visit Selix.com to find the one closet to you. Want to play the big shot as well as look like one? Snag one of seven tables available at the NOIR CITY Nightclub on Saturday, February 2, 2013. You can reserve a table for four for $200. This advance sales listing will close when they have all been reserved. Book your table here.
Save time and money, buy a passport to NOIR CITY 11. It grants the bearer entry to all 27 films in this year's program, to the 6 p.m. hosted opening-night reception on the Castro mezzanine with our special festival guest, Peggy Cummins and early admittance to the theater for all shows—all for the incredible price of $120. Please note: Passports do NOT include admission to the NOIR CITY Nightclub. Passports can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, Patrons can also purchase tickets for the same low price at the Castro box office on the day of show.
Wednesday, January 30, enjoy a three-hour excursion through some of San Francisco's most cinematic sites (what's left of them!) with your guides Miguel Pendas and Eddie Muller. View film clips from classic noir films such as The Maltese Falcon, The Lineup, The Sniper, Thieves' Highway, Dark Passage, House on Telegraph Hill, Vertigo and many more—while visiting locations where the films were actually shot! If the weather is accommodating there will be several stops for short up-close walks, so dress for the weather. The bus will roll, rain or shine! The journey begins promptly at Noon in front of San Francisco's City Hall, and returns to the same spot at approximately 3:00 pm. Seating in the comfortable touring bus is limited to 24 passengers. This is the only NOIR CITY bus tour during this year's film festival, so book early! $75 per person. Tickets are available here.
If you're an out-of-towner looking for lodging in the City by the Bay, or you're a local looking to turn a night at the festival into a romantic getaway, our colleagues at the Prescott Hotel have an offer you can't refuse: a special nightly rate of $145 (before taxes) exclusively for NOIR CITY 11 attendees.
This boutique hotel, located only two blocks from Union Square and housed in the city's original Press Club, possesses a vintage feel and is only a short ride by Metro or taxi from the Castro Theatre. The Prescott will be providing classic film noir entertainment to its guests at their nightly wine hour throughout the festival as well as a 20% discount on meals at the adjacent (and acclaimed) Postrio restaurant.
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 TCM and FOX Movie Channel on the Film Noir Foundation's TV Listing's page.
NOIR CITY Annual #5 is now available on Amazon.com! Add this book to your library and help the FNF rescue and restore vintage noir films. NOIR CITY Annual #5 contains the best writing on noir available anywhere in the world! Articles for this 264-page book have been selected from 2012's NOIR CITY quarterly e-magazine, showcasing writers Eddie Muller, Vince Keenan, Jake Hinkson, Imogen Sara Smith, Mark Fertig, Carl Steward, and many more. Dramatically designed by Michael Kronenberg, beautifully printed and with a new, sturdy binding, the NOIR CITY Annual #5 is a steal at $25.
The Film Noir Foundation has joined forces with Back Alley Noir to bring film noir devotees the very latest news. When readers have a question for the Foundation or want to post their own noir news, they can do so via BAN’s discussion board , the official discussion board for the FNF.
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PEGGY CUMMINS IN PERSON!
NOIR CITY 11 kicks off with a tribute to special guest star Peggy Cummins, legendary for her ferocious performance as carnival sharpshooter Annie Laurie Starr in Gun Crazy (1950). Ms. Cummins, traveling all the way from her home in London, will be interviewed onstage by host Eddie Muller following a screening of the film.
Our tribute to Ms. Cummins continues on Saturday, January 26, with matinee screenings of Curse of the Demon (1957) and Helldrivers (1957). ORDER TICKETS.
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The Film Noir Foundation's website has an ever expanding catalog of noir-related video: NOIR CITY guest appearances including the luminous Angie Dickinson's at NOIR CITY X; interviews with stars like Lauren Bacall and Ernest Borgnine, as well as directors like Paul Schrader and Andre De Toth; and homages to film noir, including NOIR CITY festival favorite Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir—a seven minute montage of film noir moments effectively set to music. The FNF updates the Archive monthly, so visit regularly! VIEW OUR LATEST OFFERINGS. .
If you too think "It's a bitter little world," then share our nihilistic philosophy with official Film Noir Foundation merchandise, emblazoned with our favorite downbeat quote: t-shirts; covers for your iProducts, Kindles and laptops; and most importantly, barware. Not so bitter, but still want to show your FNF love? We have a selection of items featuring just the FNF logo. Here's your chance to buy cool stuff and save films from extinction. Proceeds from every purchase go directly to the Film Noir Foundation's campaign to rescue, restore, and preserve at-risk examples of America's greatest film genre! VIEW OUR LATEST MERCHANDISE.