P.R.: Festival: Film Noir - Apr 15-24

Noir City Hollywood: The 18th Annual Los Angeles Festival of

Film Noir

10 Days! 21 Films! All 35mm Prints! 2 Restorations!

11 Films Not on DVD! 5 New Prints! 6 Archival Prints! 

April 15 - 24, 2016

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard. LA 90028

Film Noir 2016


Co-presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation

The longest-running film noir festival in Los Angeles returns to the Egyptian Theatre with another incredible lineup of rarities. NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD THE 18th ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR, presented by the American Cinematheque and  Film Noir Foundation, delves deep into the archives to present a sizzling slate of sinister cinema - all in glorious 35mm, with many prints struck expressly for this series! In addition, 11 of the 21 films being screened in the 10-day festival have never been released on DVD.

Here's your chance to see unearthed gems on the big screen - as they were meant to be seen! Returning as your hosts are Eddie Muller (fresh from TCM's "Summer of Darkness") and Alan K. Rode, whose Film Noir Foundation will proudly present its latest restoration made with partner UCLA Film & Television Archive and support from the HFPA Trust - the 1956 Argentine noir  THE BITTER STEMS (LOS TALLOS AMARGOS), screening on opening night with a reception following.

Join us for 10 consecutive nights of sinuous shadows, dangerous desires, and bitter beauties brimming with broken dreams - join us in NOIR CITY!

Sponsored by:

Warner Archive (Big Boss), Bonham's (Femme Fatale);

Sweeney Todd's Barbershop (Gumshoe)

Hosted by Eddie Muller & Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation. Actor Paul Henreid's daughter Monika Henreid in person with DECEPTION and HOLLOW TRIUMPHS.

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 7:30 PM

35mm Restoration! Not on DVD!



1956, 90 min, Dir: Fernando Ayala

This brilliant noir was lauded in its native country upon release, winning Argentina's Silver Condor Award as the best film of the year, yet it remains unknown in the rest of the world. This is a crime, because LOS TALLOS AMARGOS is one of the best noir-drenched crime films of the 1950s - maybe ever. A deep-seated inferiority complex leads a Buenos Aires newspaper reporter (Carlos Cores) into a seemingly innocent correspondence-school scam with a clever Hungarian expat (Vassili Lambrinos). As the money flows in, so do rising suspicions about the Hungarian's true motives. One man is driven to commit the perfect crime - with stunning and tragic results. Lauded by American Cinematographer as #49 of the "100 Best Photographed Films of All Time" (DP Ricardo Younis) and featuring an inventive score by Astor Piazzolla, the greatest Argentine musician of the 20th century.

35 mm!  RIFFRAFF

1947, Warner Bros., 80 min, Dir: Ted Tetzlaff

Former Hitchcock lenser Ted Tetzlaff (THE WINDOW) expertly helms this slam-bang murder mystery about international intrigue, a missing map and murder. Pat O'Brien and Anne Jeffreys volley the snappy dialogue back and forth while the sinister bulk of Walter Slezak ominously hovers. The RKO lot effectively doubles as Central America with Percy Kilbride as a wiseacre Panama City hack driver. Don't miss the astounding opening sequence!

Introduction by Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

A reception with an Argentine flavor for all ticket buyers will take place between the films. The Vintage Coppers are back with their police cars to keep the crowd in line while they enjoy music, Argentine wine, empanadas and dulche de leche cookies!

Screening format: 35mm. Restored print of THE BITTER STEMS courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding provided by Film Noir Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust.

Tickets: $15 for opening night only. No passes or vouchers accepted.

Saturday, April 16, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Brand New 35mm Print!


1948, Universal, 94 min, Dir: Irving Reis

Edward G. Robinson gives one of his most affecting performances as successful businessman Joe Keller, grappling with guilt over having framed his business partner for a crime he committed. When his son (Burt Lancaster) becomes engaged to the convicted man's daughter, the sins of the past come hurtling back. Reis and writer-producer Chester Erskine - aided by the noir-stained cinematography of Russell Metty - create a powerful (and inexplicably rare) version of Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning play.

Brand New 35mm Print! Not on DVD!


1949, Universal, 94 min, Dir: Chester Erskine

William Powell makes his only foray into '40s film noir as a married college professor whose reacquaintance with a wartime fling (Shelley Winters) takes a bad turn when she disappears under suspicious circumstances. Marsha Hunt plays the gal-pal who tries to help Powell - the prime suspect - solve the crime and salvage his reputation. There's more comedy than usually found in noir - as audiences still expected from the man who embodied the legendary Nick Charles. James Gleason and Sheldon Leonard are the cops pursuing Powell through Los Angeles locations lensed by the great Franz Planer (CRISS CROSS).

Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 7:30 PM

35mm Archival Print! Not on DVD!


1943, Universal, 94 min, Dir: Julien Duvivier

Considered one of the greatest French directors (his PEPÉ LE MOKO is the virtual template for the "poetic realism" that informed film noir), Duvivier escaped the war years at home by bringing his incredible style to several offbeat Hollywood films of the early 1940s. This anthology of slightly supernatural tales - a proto-"Twilight Zone," if you will - features a dazzling cast of stars (Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Boyer, Betty Field, Robert Cummings, Thomas Mitchell) and exceptional camerawork by Stanley Cortez and Paul Ivano.

35mm Archival Print! Not on DVD!


1944, Universal, 65 min, Dir: Julien Duvivier, Reginald Le Borg

Originally intended to be the opening tale of FLESH AND FANTASY, Universal elected to turn this segment into a 65-minute stand-alone feature, its added passages directed by Reginald Le Borg. A pair of robbers (Alan Curtis and Frank Craven) hide out in rural Paradise Valley, where the townsfolk are so pleasant and trusting that the crooks eagerly map out a plan to rob them blind. But a farmer's daughter (Gloria Jean), who really is blind, has a big surprise in store for one of them.

Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 7:30 PM


1949, Warner Bros., 93 min, Dir: Anthony Mann

Naive postman Joe Norson (Farley Granger) takes a dangerous shortcut to securing a nest egg for his pregnant wife (Cathy O'Donnell) - stealing thirty grand from the office of a shady shyster. When Joe tries to give himself up he only gets in deeper, careening for his life through the treacherous streets of Manhattan, pursued by cops and crooks at every deadly turn. Boehm's script is a much more noir version of Naked City, and Anthony Mann pulls out all the stops, directing this headlong thriller with incredible punch, abetted by Joe Ruttenberg's stunning cinematography (with an opening sequence shot from a blimp over Manhattan). A top-tier noir, featuring favorites Jean Hagen, Paul Kelly, James Craig and Charles McGraw.

35mm Archival Print! Not on DVD!


1942, Universal, 68 min, Dir: Anthony Mann

In one of his first B assignments, Anthony Mann already displays the visual panache that would make him one of Hollywood's premier directors. Macdonald Carey plays Timothy Kane, aka "Dr. Broadway," a savvy New York sawbones who knows where all the bodies are buried. With the help of feisty receptionist Connie (Jean Phillips), Kane navigates through a tide of colorful crooks on the Great White Way to bestow an inheritance on the daughter of a felon he sent upriver. Tremendous noir atmospherics courtesy of great German cinematographer Theodor Sparkuhl.

Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Brand New 35mm Print! Not on DVD!


1952, Universal, 83 min, Dir: Joe Pevney

Tony Curtis delivers a knockout performance as a deaf boxer who looks to be easy pickings for a mercenary blonde (Jan Sterling) while a compassionate reporter (Mona Freeman) tries to prevent him from being counted out for good. Bernard Gordon's crisp script and a solid supporting cast (including the debut of Harry Guardino) bolsters Curtis' early starring turn.

New 35mm Print! Not on DVD!


1950, Universal, 80 min, Dir: Crane Wilbur

Pardoned after serving 15 years in prison for a boyhood murder, Larry Nelson (Richard Basehart) discovers he cannot escape his past when he encounters a crook (John Hoyt), an opportunistic nurse (Marilyn Maxwell), Hoyt's greedy ex-wife (Signe Hasso) and a motley crew of miscreants (Lloyd Gough, Joe Pevney, Mickey Knox and Harry Morgan). Written and directed by crime maestro Crane Wilbur and filmed on location in downtown Philadelphia and Eastern State Penitentiary.

Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 7:30 PM

35mm Archival Print! Not on DVD!


1952, Universal, 86 min, Dir: Joseph Pevney

Frank Sinatra stars as a hot-tempered singer (imagine that!) who is kept afloat by his buddy-pianist (Alex Nicol) and a heart-of-gold chanteuse (Shelley Winters). Complications ensue when gangster Raymond Burr enters the picture with an eye for both Shelley and Sinatra's salary. Produced after Frank's bobby-soxer era fame faded and prior to his mega-stardom in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953), this noir-stained musical is one of "Ol' Blue Eyes'" most overlooked and underappreciated movies. A NOIR CITY nod to Sinatra's centenary.


1950, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

Dorothy Baker's novel, inspired by the life of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, gets the full-blown Hollywood treatment. Star-crossed jazzman Kirk Douglas (musically dubbed by Harry James) hits the high and low notes, with a formidable Lauren Bacall and empathetic Doris Day as the women in his orbit. A daring Carl Foreman script complements memorable supporting performances by Hoagy Carmichael and Juano Hernandez, with dazzling direction by Michael Curtiz.

Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7:30 PM


1947, Warner Bros., 104 min, Dir: Jean Negulesco

A shy girl (Ida Lupino) raised on a remote coastal farm by unloving parents (Henry Hull and Fay Bainter) has her world turned upside down when she falls in love with an escaped convict (Dane Clark) being hunted by a posse. One of Lupino's most sensitive performances is bolstered by a nuanced screenplay by Salka Viertel and assured direction by Negulesco. Also starring Wayne Morris. Filmed on location at Palos Verdes and Big Bear Lake.

35mm Archival Print!


1949, Warner Bros., 86 min, Dir: Richard L. Bare

The double-crosses and plot twists pile up after nightclub singer Virginia Mayo frames lawyer Zachary Scott for mob boss Douglas Kennedy. A librarian (Dorothy Malone) and a knife-wielding thug (Elisha Cook, Jr.) provide additional diversions in this breakneck crime melodrama that is peopled with a plethora of familiar faces.

Screening format: 35mm. Print of FLAXY MARTIN courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

Friday, April 22, 2016

35 mm!


1947, Sony Repertory, 100 min, Dir: John Cromwell

Colonel Humphrey Bogart knows something's fishy when his best friend, Sergeant Johnny Drake (William Prince), jumps off his train rather than continue on his way to receive a much-publicized Medal of Honor. Bogart follows his trail to southern Gulf City, only to find his pal burnt to a crisp on a morgue slab. Things can only go downhill from there. Before long, other bodies pile up, and Bogart does some fancy footwork to keep out of a murder frame. The twisted clues lead to Johnny's bewitching sweetheart Cora (Lizabeth Scott), smooth casino operator Martinelli (Morris Carnovsky) and sadistic thug Krause (Marvin Miller). A passel of contradictory stories point to a number of guilty parties, and Bogart has to think fast to figure out who he can trust - or he may end up like his dead buddy.

35 mm! 


1947, Sony Repertory, 67 min, Dir: Ross Lederman

After winning a bundle at the track, inventor Milton Higby (John Beal) throws a party; when one of the guests is discovered dead the next morning, he doesn't stick around to explain. As Higby tries to stay one step ahead of the cops, he stumbles upon another murder victim and assumes the man's identity.

Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:30 PM

70th Anniversary! 35mm!


1946, Warner Bros., 115 min, Dir: Irving Rapper

Aspiring pianist Christine Radcliffe (Bette Davis) is reunited with her lover, cellist Karel Novak (Paul Henreid), whom she feared had died in a Nazi concentration camp. Unfortunately, she's now the mistress of renowned composer Alexander Hollenius (Claude Rains), who is as creative manipulating human emotions as he is conducting an orchestra. Featuring a soaring score by the legendary Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Lovers of classical music will be swept away by the rapturous music; lovers of classic Hollywood will relish the arch tête-a-tête between Bette Davis and, at his vitriolic best, the incomparable Claude Rains.

Restored 35mm Print!


1948, Eagle-Lion, 83 min, Dir: Steve Sekely

Fugitive crook Johnny Muller (Paul Henreid) finds the perfect hiding place - in the guise of a psychiatrist who is his identical twin ... almost. One of the sublime examples of noir fatalism, with a clever script that will keep you guessing - and the added attraction of an amazingly evocative look at 1940s Los Angeles, photographed by the great John Alton. This was the first film produced by romantic leading man Henreid, who like many actors in the late 1940s turned to crime dramas to revitalize their careers. Costarring Joan Bennett at her snarly best.

Introduction by Paul Henreid's daughter, Monika Henreid, and Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.

Screening format: 35mm. Preservation print of HOLLOW TRIUMPH courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 5:00 PM


1949, 99 min, USA, Dir: Byron Haskin

Lizabeth Scott is a smooth, yet ruthless housewife, determined to keep an ill-gotten satchel of cash, even if it means murder. One of the great noirs of the classic era, long thought lost but now returned to the big screen! "You know, Tiger, I didn't know they made 'em as beautiful as you are, and as smart, or as hard. Here, you can have the gun." Starring Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy.

Join us at 4:00 PM for cocktails to celebrate the DVD/Blu-ray release of Film Noir Foundation and Flicker Alley's noir titles and the closing night of Noir City, Hollywood!

Screening format: 35mm. Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

35mm Archival Print!


1952, Park Circus/MGM, 91 min, Dir: Robert Wise

John Director Robert Wise and director of photography Lee Garmes capture the essence of Senator Estes Kefauver's national crusade (he narrates the film's epilogue) against organized crime in authentic "docu-noir" style. John Forsythe stars as a crusading newspaper editor who uncovers a sinister gambling syndicate whose corrupting influence renders the entire city helpless. Screenwriter Alvin Josephy based his script on his own experiences as a reporter uncovering organized crime in Santa Monica after World War II.

Brand New 35mm Print! Not on DVD!


1941, Universal, 70 min, Dir: Eugene Forde

This Runyonesque rarity tells the tale of a gaggle of New York gangsters (led by the redoubtable Lloyd Nolan) who, after getting popped for speeding through a small Connecticut town, hatch a plan to turn the sleepy burg into a resort for rusticating racketeers. Not noir by a long shot, but the script is more prescient than its writers could ever have imagined (did Bugsy Siegel see this movie?). DP Theodor Sparkuhl lends his always evocative camerawork to this rambunctious B gem, enlivened by the marvelous mugs of Albert Dekker, Sheldon Leonard and Edward Brophy.

Introduction by Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

Screening format: 35mm.THE CAPTIVE CITY print courtesy of the Academy Film Archives.

Series compiled by Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode.

Complete Schedule

Noir City: The 18th Annual Los Angeles

Festival of Film Noir

April 15 - 24, 2016

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard. LA 90028

Film Noir


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Additional tickets are also available at the Egyptian Theatre Box Office, which opens at 6pm the night of the show. $11 General Admission, $9 Student/Senior, $7 American Cinematheque Member.

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FILM NOIR 15 - 24, 2016

LLOYD E. RIGLER THEATRE at the Egyptian Theatre.

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, LA, CA 90028

Metered Street Parking is available as well as $8-10 parking lots. Check signs carefully for time limited parking on Selma, Las Palmas and McCadden Place.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

The Lady Eve


Los Angeles Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan will host an evening with THE LADY EVE, one the 54 favorit films detailed in his new book.

35 mm! 75th Anniversary!


1941, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges

Henry Fonda is dim-witted ale heir "Hopsy" Pike ("Snakes are my life"); Barbara Stanwyck is Eve, cardsharp and con artist par excellence. Can this relationship work? Savage but never mean-spirited, this is Sturges at his best, blending violent slapstick, zesty dialogue and genuine romance into a peerless masterwork. With Charles Coburn, William Demarest, Eugene Pallette and Eric Blore.

Discussion following with Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, who will sign his book Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film in the lobby at 6:30 PM. Larry Edmunds Bookshop will handle book sales.

More Information Buy Advance Tickets

Additional tickets are also available at the Egyptian Theatre Box Office, which opens at 6pm the night of the show. $11 General Admission, $9 Student/Senior, $7 American Cinematheque Member.

Join the Cinematheque

Aero Tickets on Fandango.com


MAX PALEVSKY THEATRE at the Aero Theatre.

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90403

Street Parking is available north of Montana Avenue in the residential neighborhood.

Free after 7:00 pm.

Metered Street Parking is available as well as $8-10 parking lots. Check signs carefully for time limited parking on Selma, Las Palmas and McCadden Place.

This Week & Coming Soon: DOLEMITE & NOTFILM & ANGRY ROBOTS TRIPLE FEATURE & THE GUNS OF NAVARONE & Sneak Preview of TALE OF TALES, plus Gregory Peck  And in May, restored  Laurel and Hardy!

Coming Soon to the Aero Theatre:  THE JUNGLE BOOK  Aero Theatre Fundraiser & DAZED AND CONFUSED, BEFORE SUNRISE, SUNSET & MIDNIGHT, THE PRODUCERS & THE MATING GAME & ROMAN HOLIDAY & GUYS AND DOLLS & "Hollywood Musical Design" presented by the Art Directors Guild!

Find out what else is playing at the American Cinematheque this week!

Our April schedule is online. See what's playing at the Aero & Egyptian Theatres here!

American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90403


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