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14th Annual Los Angeles Film Noir Festival Continues!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 27, 2012 12:30pm | Post a Comment
 

This Friday, April 20th was the kick off for the 14th annual Los Angeles Film Noir Festival @ the Egyptian Theatre. Opening night's Alad Ladd double played to a full house and for good reason!  The newly restored print of the long lost Great Gatsby was a delight as was seeing the classic This Gun For Hire.  Night number two , Naked Alibi / Suddenly, was given an interesting analysis by Charles Reece in his most recent posting, click here to check it out.  Sunday's triple, featuring Cornell Woolrich based films, topped off one of the best weekends of film that I've had in many years.  There was a bonus showing of Suddenly on Sunday for those who had been disappointed with the lousy digital projection the night before.  




Week number 2 starts off with a Arlene Dahl pairing in Scene Of The Crime / Reign Of TerrorNorman Lloyd will be on hand to discuss his part in Scene of the Crime.  A Mid 50's take on the trials and tribulations of life on the Manhattan docks is offered on Saturday. Actress Julie Adams will be on hand to discuss her adventures in making Slaughter on 10th Ave.  Sunday offers a gangster double featuring Dick Powell & George Raft, Wednesday brings us a great "corrupt cop" double and Thursday packs a pre-code punch with a couple of "proto-noir" gems.

Police Power: Naked Alibi (1953) & Suddenly (1954)

Posted by Charles Reece, April 23, 2012 01:51am | Post a Comment
It's film noir festival time again at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. First up for me was a Sterling Hayden double-feature. 

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Hayden plays a totalitarian-minded chief detective whose brutal methods are currently being investigated by bureaucrats intent on making crime easier and policing harder. Dwelling in the loopholes of law and order, these hobgoblins are always the real villains in films with the ultimate goal of undermining what namby-pamby liberal types call checks and balances that are supposed to keep our country from being a police state: elected officials, lawyers and, of course, the press. Against the knee-jerks, the film suggests that the chief's mind is like a vast differential engine, intuiting the deterministic equations in the chaos of criminality where a wavering eyebrow inevitably leads to multiple homicides -- imagine a cross between Harry Callahan and the precogs from Philip K. Dick's The Minority Report. When he tries to explain how he knows that a church-going, family-oriented baker is a copkiller despite having solid character witnesses, airtight alibis and no priors, a fellow detective looks about as comprehending as a neanderthal hearing the obelisk play Ligeti for the first time. Rational deduction becomes mystical, a voodoo conjuring best left to the professional witchdoctors. The audience is assured of the chief's preternatural acumen when Gloria Grahame shows up as the baker's girlfriend in a border town. Anyone who's watched enough film noir knows that dating her means you're guilty of something and will soon die for what you've done. Had this film been made today, it most likely would've been about police brutality and the dangers of trusting those in power, but because it has Joseph Breen's stamp of approval, the "criminals" had to be punished and "cop" was mutually exclusive to "evil." Which means that'll you'll enjoy the film if you tend to wax nostalgic for 1930s Italy or lean left with a masochistic sense of humor.

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14th Annual Los Angeles Film Noir Begins This Friday, April 20th

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 17, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment
 

This Friday, April 20th is the kick off for the 14th annual Los Angeles Film Noir Festival @ the Egyptian Theatre! The schedule lists 15 double and triple features running through May 6th and guests include actors Norman Lloyd, Julie Adams and Marsha Hunt as well as the late Geraldine Fitzgerald's son Michael Lindsay-Hogg.



Opening week highlights include the elusive Alan Ladd version of The Great Gatsby, Gloria Grahame's seldom seen Naked Alibi paired with controversial Sinatra crime pic Suddenly, a Cornell Woolrich penned triple Phantom Lady / Black Angel / The Window and a prison break pairing Caged / Big House USA.  If you are unable to make it out to the theater for any of these screenings, our film noir DVD section has many of these titles as well as tons of other great noir gems.



Friday April 20th The Great Gatsby / This Gun For Hire
Saturday April 21st Naked Alibi / Suddenly
Sun 22nd Phantom Lady / Black Angel / The Window
Wednesday  April 25th T-Men / Strange Impersonation
Thursday April 26th Caged / Big House USA



14th Annual Film Noir Festival @ 
the Egyptian Theater 
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-4605
(323) 466-3456

Noir City's Eddie Muller Recommends His Favorite Noir Classics and Tells Us What's In His Bag!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2012 04:49pm | Post a Comment
The "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller is an author, filmmaker, film noir historian, and a San Francisco native.eddie muller noir city foundation amoeba Muller is also the founder and President of The Film Noir Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicating to preserving film noir movies. In 2003, Muller and the Film Noir Foundation held the first Noir City film festival, which is now the largest Amoeba Berkeley noir selection dvd eddie muller noir city foundationnoir-specific event in the US! This year, Noir City celebrates its 10th anniversary with a 10-day festival at the Castro Theatre January 20 - 29th. Read all about it on the Amoeblog!

In honor of the big festival, Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley have set up displays of selections from Muller's Top 25 Noir Films list! If you're going to trust anyone's taste in film, it's this guy's! Come on down to either Bay Area location and browse this terrific selection. You won't be dissapointed!

Additionally, Muller had the chance to stop by Amoeba San Francisco for a little shopping recently and talked with Amoeba's Audra about what was in his bag! 

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Film Noir Festival NOIR CITY X Takes Over San Francisco's Castro Theatre - 1/20 - 1/29

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 27, 2011 07:12pm | Post a Comment
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NOIR CITY X 
January 20-29, 2012
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
Tickets HERE!

NOIR CITY -- the most popular film noir festival in the world -- celebrates its 10th anniversary with aLaura, Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Noir, Film Noir, poster 10-day film extravaganza featuring San Francisco treats, a Dashiell Hammett marathon, freshly preserved 35mm rarities, by-popular-demand encore screenings, surprises galore, and super special guest star ANGIE DICKINSON!

Noir City promises that this will be the darkest and most delirious incarnation yet of San Francisco's popular classic film festival!
 
Presented under the auspices of the Film Noir Foundation, NOIR CITY remains the only film festival in the world that donates 100% of its profits to the rescue, restoration, and preservation of endangered films---a mission ever more crucial as the world rushes to exclusively embrace digital cinema presentation. "If at-risk films aren't preserved in 35mm within the next two years," says FNF president and NOIR CITY host Eddie Muller, "it could be too late. It's the only guaranteed method of long-term survival. Soon, labs won't exist to do the photo-chemical work, and many films deserving of restoration will be lost in the rush to an all-digital future. Saving films in their original celluloid form is the only way to ensure their survival in any media."

As an added attraction, this year's festival features the live event Everyone Comes to Eddie's: The Noir City Nightclub, a nocturnal celebration of noir style, presented Saturday night, January 28, at theSwedish-American Hall. Entertainment includes Mr. Lucky and the Cocktail Party with Ralph Carney, torch-song temptress Laura Ellis, renowned burlesque queen Evie Lovelle (flying in from France!), and Kansas City's cutting-edge noir-rockers The Latenight Callers. Revelers can party like it's 1949!
 
Check out the full schedule for NOIR CITY X to get the lowdown, but here are a few favorites and rarities that we here at Amoeba are looking forward to...

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