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Week Two of The Film Noir Festival at The Egyptian Theatre

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 8, 2010 11:10am | Post a Comment


So it seems that the Film Noir Foundation folks have another great week of programming lined up for us! It starts off on Friday with an intense double featuring one of Robert Mitchum's rarely screened gems The Locket along with The Bodyguard, which happens to be Robert Altman's first big writing credit. Saturday brings a Broderick Crawford mid 50's double feature that includes a spectacular Gloria Grahame performance in yet another film based on Emile Zola's La Bete Humaine. Sunday brings a "crooked world" double that includes Mickey Rooney's great Drive A Crooked Road, a quick paced film written by Blake Edwards and featuring some great old arcade footage. I will definitely make it to this one, as it's paired with something I've never seen-- Walk A Crooked Mile, described as an anti-commie / atomic scare flick featuring Raymond Burr and Dennis O'Keefe set in San Francisco. Wednesday brings a Neo-Noir featuring an all mannequin cast entitled Eve's Necklace. Thursday rounds out the week with a Gothic Noir double from the early 40's featuring Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Francis Farmer & Elisha Cook Jr!

Film Noir Festival Returns To The Egyptian Theatre

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 31, 2010 11:15am | Post a Comment
April is just about the finest month of the year to be in Los Angeles. The weather usually remains mild with sunny days & cool nights. Rainy days and scattered showers still pop up and I tend to appreciate them much more than winter storms, as I can smell the impending triple digit heatwaves that are right around the corner. Daylight savings time has brought an extra hour to get things done, the smell of jasmine is in the air and new year resolutions have been broken so there's more room at the gym. But all of this pales in comparison to the real reason why April is so special in LA...



Oh yes, the film noir festival returns to the spectacular Egyptian Theatre for the 12th year in a row. Yes, I'll tolerate all that Hollywood Blvd. has become for this series of showings -- suburban crowds seeking companionship and/or a fight down at da clubs, the $20 parking spaces, the bluetoothed security goons shoulder checking pedestrians. I'll deal because there's always a couple of gems in the mix at this festival to make all these hassles worth while. Highlights of  the first week include William Castle & George Raft doubles, live appearances by Julie Adams & Rhonda Fleming and a brand new print of the classic Cry Danger
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Egyptian Theatre

Kansas City Confidential & 99 River Street @ The New Beverly Wed & Thur

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 22, 2010 12:15pm | Post a Comment

This Wednesday and Thursday the New Beverly Cinema pairs up a couple of grimy noirs featuring director Phil Karlson and starring John Payne. This double is especially sweet, as 99 River St. is not on DVD and is rarely screened. Throw in roles by  Peggy Castle (I, the Jury), Evelyn Keyes (The Prowler), Nevile Brand (D.O.A.), Coleen Gray (Nightmare Alley), Jack Lambert (Kiss Me Deadly) and the cinematography of George Diskant (Beware My Lovely, On Dangerous Ground, the Racket, Narrow Margin) and you begin to see just how deep this double feature goes.

7165 West Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90036
(323) 938-4038

KC Confidential 7:30
99 River Street  9:30



99 River Street trailer

Nuart Noir

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, February 8, 2010 10:40am | Post a Comment

I haven't been to Sawtelle's major movie house since their first screening of The Apple back in the early 2000's, but this week I may just make the trek. Their UK noir festival continues through Thur. & they've got  some serious gems lined up.  Although most films that get peddled as UK noir are in fact nothing more than dull crime pictures, the Nuart has lined up a fantastic little festival. Programming includes Peeping Tom, It Always Rains On Sunday, Brighton Rock, The Fallen Idol & The Third Man.



The Nuart

11272 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90025
(310) 281-8223


Mon Feb. 8th
It Always Rains On Sunday 7:30
Peeping Tom 5:30 & 9:35

Tues Feb 9th
The Fallen Idol 7:30
Brighton Rock 5:40 & 9:35

Wed Feb 10th
The Fallen Idol 7:30
The Third Man 5:30 & 9:35

Thursday Feb 11th
Brighton Rock 7:30
It Always Rains On Sunday 5:40 & 9:35


 

Double Indemnity / Blue Dahlia Fri & Sat @ New Bev

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 21, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment

The New Beverly couldn't have picked a better week to show these two Raymond Chandler greats. With post New Year's euphoria drying up (who hasn't already had at least one personal let down already?) and a week of L.A. rain, my head is in just the right space to receive Chandler's particular brand of darkness. Granted, he's not the actual writer of the original Double Indemnity story-- that would be the brilliant James M. Cain-- but Chandler and director Billy Wilder took the original novel and tightened it around the edges of the Hays code. D.I. is tight and tense with double entendres strewn throughout, ample location shots and intense performances from its co-stars-- Walter Neff is certainly Fred MacMurray's shining cinematic moment.

IMO the Blue Dahlia is one of Chandler's most underrated efforts; it's also my favorite Veronica Lake film. I'm sure that the fact that Raymond himself badmouthed it from the beginning helped set it on course for secondary status among his fans. I feel it's far superior to This Gun For Hire, which also featured Lake's co-star Alan Ladd. The Dahlia is heavy on atmosphere, quick dialogue, and features a deep supporting cast, including Hugh Beaumont, best known as Ward Cleaver, the father from Leave It To Beaver. Considering that most people only know MacMurray from My Three Sons and Beaumont from the Beav, this double feature goes a long way in showing what cool careers some of the 50's & 60's sitcom actors had before settling down into squaresville.

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