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2019 NOIR CITY 17 PRESS

NOIR CITY 17 Journeys Through the 1950s, When Movies Changed Forever
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"What happens when the usual grifters, femmes fatales and psychopaths traveling the dark alleys are suddenly haunted by racial tensions, nuclear nightmares and commie agents? Film noir was always built on exploring what's simmering below society's glossy surface, but in the 1950s, with the collapsing Hollywood studio system and bold new visions from innovative filmmakers, the genre entered its most exciting era." MORE

NOIR CITY Festival Celebrates the Fine Art of Foul Play
Rob Salkowitz, Forbes.com

"While the mainstream image of postwar America projected prosperity, wholesomeness and political conservatism, the cinematic auteurs of the film noir movement exposed a world of corruption, hypocrisy and sexuality that lurked under the surface – and did it all in with stylistic flair." MORE

Reel Local News: Noir City Brings Murder to the Castro
Pam Grady, San Francisco Chronicle Date Book

"Among other films in the program are The Well (1951), the tale of a white drifter suspected in the disappearance of a black girl and shot in Yuba City and Marysville; Killer's Kiss (1955), Stanley Kubrick's story of a boxer's dangerous affair, soaked in seedy Times Square ambiance; Nightfall (1956), starring onetime Crockett Constable Aldo Ray as an innocent man on the run." MORE

Foreign Films & Crime-Soaked Movies: The first film festivals of 2019
Bayflicks, Lincoln Spector

"This may be the best Noir City lineup I've seen. Just consider some of the directors: Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Fleischer, William Wyler, William Dieterle, Otto Preminger, Robert Aldrich, Michael Curtiz, Jacques Tourneur, Robert Wise, and – three times over – Samuel Fuller." MORE

NOIR CITY: The Great San Francisco Festival of Film Noir
The Movie Gourmet, Scott Strickland,

"Three of the best films in the program are not available to stream, and five more are impossible to see outside of NOIR CITY in any format. This year's program features eight movies on The Movie Gourmet's list of Overlooked Noir." MORE

Noir City 17: Film Noir In The 1950s, January 25 - February 3
Ameoblog, The Bay Area Crew

"As usual, the program features an eclectic mix of established classics and rarely screened obscurities culled exclusively by the Film Noir Foundation from studio vaults and film archives." MORE

NOIR CITY - When Noirvember Is Not Enough
Set the Tape, Andy Wolverton

"Those who know little to nothing about film noir are welcomed just as much as the experts." MORE

NOIR CITY 1 - 16 SCREENINGS

NOIR CITY Screenings 1-15

→ View our complete list of films screened at NOIR CITY 1-16 here.

2017 NOIR CITY 15

The 2017 incarnation of the world's most popular film noir festival returned to the legendary Castro Theatre January 20�29 with 24 exceptional films exploring, in films both suspenseful and comedic, the desperate lengths to which people will go to beat the system and hit the big time. "The Big Knockover" was a veritable history of the heist film. MORE

2016 NOIR CITY 14

NOIR CITY returned 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 accompanying skyrocketing living costs, was "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. MORE

2015 NOIR CITY 13

Movie lovers from around the globe had a grand time at the 13th annual edition of NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, held January 16–25, 2015. MORE

2014 NOIR CITY 12

The 12th edition of the world's most popular film noir festival went international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories and style are a specifically American phenomenon. MORE

2013 NOIR CITY 11

NOIR CITY's 11th year festival kicked off with a tribute to guest of honor Peggy Cummins, legendary for her ferocious performance as outlaw Annie Laurie Starr in Gun Crazy. MORE

2012 NOIR CITY X

NOIR CITY celebrated its tenth anniversary as the world's most popular film noir festival with a 10-day extravaganza featuring San Francisco treats, a Dashiell Hammett marathon, freshly preserved 35mm rarities, by-popular-demand encore screenings, and super special guest star ANGIE DICKINSON. MORE

2011 NOIR CITY 9

NOIR CITY 9 audiences proved to be noir-nuts, packing the Castro Theatre for ten days and nights of wonderfully entertaining craziness. Loyal customers saw the ultimate payoff from their patronage: three brand new 35mm prints funded by the Film Noir Foundation: High Wall (1947), Loophole (1954), and The Hunted (1948). MORE

2010 NOIR CITY 8

The 2010 NOIR CITY 8 at San Francisco's Castro Theatre broke its previous record for attendance. Many of the regular patrons declared that the 2010 edition of the world’s most popular film noir festival had the best “vibe” yet, as hundreds of loyal Bay Area attendees mixed with an amazing influx of out-of-state and international fans, in town for the festival’s duration. MORE

2009 NOIR CITY 7

The theme of the NOIR CITY 7 running from January 23 through February 1, 2009, was Newspaper Noir, with many of the films set in the world of newspapers, publishing or radio. Programmers Eddie Muller and Anita Monga made a special effort to have NOIR CITY's nightly double bills reflect the traditional programming of theaters in the 1940s. MORE

2008 NOIR CITY 6

Neither the brutally inclement weather, nor the traffic-stopping logistics of having Gus van Sant and (NC4 special guest) Sean P enn shooting a film right outside the theater could deter record crowds from packing the Castro Theatre during the 10-day festival spanning January 25 – February 3, 2008. Go here to read about the highlights of the NOIR CITY 6 including press links and photos..

2007 NOIR CITY 5

Held January 26 through February 4, 2007, NOIR CITY 5 saw more than 11,000 people attending the ten-day series at the Castro Theatre, establishing a new box office milestone for the festival. Go here to view NOIR CITY 5 photo and media coverage.

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NOIR CITY 17 - January 25-February 3, 2019

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