NOIR CITY 6 AT THE CASTRO THEATRE


lived up to that billing, and more, during its triumphant sixth edition in San Francisco, January 25 through February 3, 2008. Neither the brutally inclement weather, nor the traffic-stopping logistics of having Gus van Sant and (NC4 special guest) Sean Penn shooting a film right outside the theater could deter record crowds from packing the Castro Theatre during the 10-day festival.

Joan Leslie, Eddie MullerHighlights included: the radiant opening night appearance of Joan Leslie with two of her best films, Repeat Performance and The Hard Way — she delighted the audience with her sharp memory, quick wit, and charming humility; a completely sold-out (1,407 seats) Saturday night program, the most electric evening of the festival, which featured a "re-premiere" of the 1951 classic The Prowler, freshly restored to pristine condition through the joint efforts of the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The evening was kick-started in ribald fashion by author James Ellroy, and the screening was attended by Christopher Trumbo, son of the legendary Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter of The Prowler and the evening's co-feature, Gun Crazy.

Eddie Muller, Leah Dashe, Marsha HuntThe program also featured the return to the Castro stage – and screen – of actress Marsha Hunt, who was in attendance for the world premiere of Eddie Muller's new film The Grand Inquisitor, in which she stars. The 20-minute "noir fairy tale" drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd, which gave a generous ovation to Muller, Marsha Hunt, and her young costar, Leah Dashe.

Appreciative audiences during the week were treated to a range of films chosen to display a wide range of "noir," including many rarities viewable ONLY on the Castro's big screen, thanks to the auspices of the Film Noir Foundation.20th Century–Fox sponsored an evening program (Hangover Square and Dangerous Crossing) to celebrate the continuation of its popular Film Noir DVD Collection.

Story of Molly X, Night has a Thousand Eyes
The festival proudly unveiled brand new prints of several titles that had disappeared from movies screens over the past several decades: Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Woman In Hiding, The Story of Molly X, and Face Behind the Mask.



NBC11 Interview with Eddie Muller by Josh Keppell

KQED Michael Krasny interviews Eddie Muller and Marsha Hunt on Forum Jan. 22 broadcast

Out of the Past Interview with Eddie Muller

Lady Monster Interview with Eddie Muller

TCM A Recap of the San Francisco Noir Festival

OhMyNews San Francisco Film Noir Fest Knocks 'Em Dead

SF 360 Michael Fox interview with Alan Rode

KQED Noir City 6 Festival Report

The Evening Class Michael Guillén interviews Alan Rode

Variety Film Noir Inspires 99 Cent Chef

SIFF Blog California Is Wonderful, if You're a Grapefruit; Noir and a Whole Lot More; Noir City takes on the Emerald City (Noir City Seattle)

SF Bay Guardian Noir or Not? Noir City 6's Incarnation Revives the Night Life

The Daily Californian Film Festival Shows That Noir Is More Than Black and White

East Bay Express Happy New Noir

Bay Area Reporter Caution, Dark Times Ahead; Dark Doings Continue at the Castro

Writing in the Dark Blog Masks and Voices at Noir City 6

Escape and Suspense Noir City

Civic Center Blog Joan Leslie at the NC Festival; A Hell of a Woman

San Francisco Examiner Come to Noir City

BeyondChron Noir City: Star Joan Leslie at The Castro

Noir City 6 Photo Coverage by David Allen

NOIR CITY 7 - January 23 - February 1, 2009 at the Castro Theatre

Film Noir Foundation

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