An Interview with Karie Bible for Women's History Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 9, 2015 08:48pm | Post a Comment
In the past most of my posts for Women’s History Month have focused on historical figures. This year I decided to instead focus on living breathing women who’re contributing to the vibrant cultural landscape of Los Angeles. This week’s subject is Karie Bible, an independent contractor who maintains Film Radar, volunteers for the American Cinematheque in conjunction with the Film Noir Foundation for the Noir City Festival, sometimes volunteers for the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series, and since 2002 has been the house tour guide for Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Check out her website Hollywood Forever Cinema Walking Tour for upcoming tour dates and more details. 

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Film wasn’t invented in Los Angeles but no city in the world is more closely associated with the movies and yet film is rarely afforded the respect which it deserves. When I moved to Los Angeles, I discovered the largest collection of picture palaces in the world, the Broadway Theater District, but that all of their huge screens had long ago gone dark. There was no plaque at the site of Edison’s old Kinetoscope parlour in front of which oldest known footage of Los Angeles was filmed. There is no plaque at the former location of Chun Fon's Sing Kee Laundry, where the first dramatic film shot entirely in California was made in 1908. The storage facility behind my local Jack in the Box had been Mack Sennet's Edendale film studio only to spend its second act enabling hoarders as a public storage warehouse. Grand historic theaters, when not churches, were subdivided into closet sized rooms with screens smaller than some peoples televisions. 

Noir City 13: 'Til Death Do Us Part

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 22, 2014 05:41pm | Post a Comment
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The 13th edition of the Film Noir Foundation's yearly film festival Noir City returns to the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, January 16–25, 2015. This year's schedule is overflowing with 25 extraordinary titles depicting the darker side of marriage. See characters who crave a perfect and permanent union, those who'll stop at nothing to preserve it, and those who will do anything to escape it.

The program runs the gamut from revered cinema masterpieces such as Luchino Visconti's les diaboliquesOssessione and H. G. Clouzot's Les Diaboliques to daffy delights such as Doris Day's absurdly entertaining Julie and Douglas Sirk's sensational (and silly) Sleep, My Love. The shadows are shed briefly to present the most perfect marriage: William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles in a holiday double bill of The Thin Man and After the Thin Man. Several subsets of films will be presented, honoring the work of creative talents such as Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan, Barbara Stanwyck, Douglas Sirk, and 1950's husband and wife filmmakers Virginia and Andrew Stone.

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Noir City Xmas at SF's Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2014 05:13pm | Post a Comment

Our friends at the Film Noir Foundation present Noir City Xmas, their 5th annual holiday double feature, on Wednesday, December 17th at San Francisco's majestic Castro Theatre. Eddie Muller, your host for the evening and founder/president of the Film Noir Foundation, will reveal the schedule and the hot new poster for the eagerly anticipated NOIR CITY 13 festival, which runs January 16-25, 2015!

The holiday-themed features for the evening will be:

O. Henry's Full House (1952, 117 minutes) This anthology of short stories by America's master of the O. Henry's Full House, Marilyn Monroeironic twist is as entertaining as it is star-studded, featuring juicy roles for Richard Widmark, Anne Baxter, Farley Granger, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, Jean Peters, and many more. 20th Century-Fox employed several of its most renowned directors — Henry Hathaway, Henry King, Howard Hawks, Henry Koster, and Jean Negulesco — to bring to life such famous O. Henry tales as "The Last Leaf," "The Clarion Call," and the Christmas classic "The Gift of the Magi." Each segment is introduced by John Steinbeck!

The Curse of the Cat People (1944, 70 minutes) This sequel to 1942's The Cat People is a stunner Curse of the Cat Peopleon many levels. Far from being a horror story, it's a poignant and deeply felt meditation of the pain and loneliness of childhood, and perhaps the most sublime and personal film in the career of legendary producer Val Lewton. Eight-year-old Ann Carter gives a mesmerizing performance as imaginative little Amy, with Simone Simon (the original Cat Woman) reappearing as her imaginary friend. A spellbinding classic, co-directed by Robert Wise.

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Noir City 12 Goes International in San Francisco: 1/24 - 2/2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 23, 2013 06:18pm | Post a Comment

The Film Noir Foundation's yearly festival Noir City returns to the historic Castro Theatre January 24 - noir city san franciscoFebruary 2, 2014. The 12th edition of the world's most popular film noir festival is going international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories and style are a specifically American phenomenon.

"Our desire to expand the scope of the festival has resulted in our most ambitious program ever," says festival impresario and host Eddie Muller. "Its overall impact will, I suspect, change many people's long-standing ethnocentric preconceptions about film noir."

Focusing on the years immediately following World War II, the festival features classic noir films from France, Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Spain, Norway, and Britain, as well as a complementary sampling of homegrown Hollywood flicks. The 27 films in the series will conclusively prove that the cinematic movement known as "Noir" spanned the globe, and its style, sexiness, and cynicism crossed all international borders. Check out the full schedule HERE!

Get your tickets now and know that you are supporting a great cause; the dollars you spend at the festival go towards the Film Noir Foundation's year-round restoration efforts.

Noir City Xmas 2013, December 18th at SF's Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 1, 2013 07:37pm | Post a Comment
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Noir City once again offers the dark gift of film noir for the holidays!

The Film Noir Foundation, dedicated to preserving films in danger of being lost or irreparably damaged AND the organization behind the Noir City film festival, presents their fourth annual Noir City Xmas show on Wednesday, December 18th at San Francisco's Castro Theatre!

The double dose of Noir Noel will feature Allen Baron's landmark independent crime drama Blast of Silence (1961) followed by the ultra-rare genre-bending Christmas Eve (1947). Allen Baron will be in attendance to introduce his legendary cult classic, and at the intermission will be signing copies of his new book, Blast of Silence: A Memoir. The show will also feature the public release of the NOIR CITY 12 program schedule, the unveiling of the new NOIR CITY 12 poster, and holiday shopping for the noir-lover in your life. "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller and the reigning Ms. NOIR CITY 2013, Audra Wolfmann, will host.

Both films will screen in 35mm, and as usual tickets for this exceptional event are only $10 for the double bill! Get your tickets HERE!

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