The Film Noir Foundation presents the second annual NOIR CITY XMAS this Wednesday, December 14th at the Castro Theatre! This double-feature of rare noir-stained yuletide classics will darken your spirits this holiday season. The evening will also feature the unveiling of the full schedule for NOIR CITY X, the 10th anniversary of the world's most popular film noir festival, coming to the Castro January 20–29, 2012.
Here's what's going down at NOIR CITY XMAS:
Lady on a Train (1945) Dir. Charles David. 94 min. 7:30 p.m.Nikki Collins (Deanna Durbin) witnesses a murder while waiting for a train, but can't get the police tobelieve her when no body is discovered. While they dismiss her as daft, she enlists the help of a mystery writer to sleuth out the culprits on her own. Based on a story by veteran mystery writer Leslie Charteris (The Saint), this is a wildly entertaining mix of comedy, musical, and suspense, rendered in evocative noir style by cameraman Woody Bredell (Phantom Lady, Christmas Holiday, The Killers), and featuring a superb cast of sinister and suspicious supporting players swirling ominously around "America's Sweetheart."
Christmas Holiday (1944) Dir. Robert Siodmak. 93 min. 9:20 p.m.
A young soldier gets more than he bargained for on a holiday stopover in New Orleans when he is introduced to a young "singer" (prostitute) and a local "nightclub" (brothel) and he learns the tale of her descent into degradation. Venerable scribe Herman Mankiewicz hews Somerset Maugham's novel into a brilliant script, directed with delirious intensity by Siodmak. Deanna Durbin is memorable in her first adult role, and Gene Kelly is unforgettable as the murderous cad with whom she tragically falls in love. Unquestionably the most romantically soul-crushing Christmas movie ever made.