NOIR CITY 14: The Art of Darkness, 1/22 - 1/31

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 5, 2016 03:41pm | Post a Comment

Noir City 14

The Film Noir Foundation's world-famous yearly film festival NOIR CITY returns to San Francisco's majestic Peeping TomCastro Theatre for its 14th edition January 22-31. This year's theme is "The Art of Darkness," delivering 25 noir-stained films exploring the pressures, pitfalls, paranoia, and pain of being an artist in an indifferent and cruel world. This time the tortured protagonists aren't felons or fall guys, they're writers, painters, dancers, photographers, and musicians. I think we can all relate.

The festival features a fascinating line-up of films, including noir must-sees like Nicholas Ray's In A Lonely Place (1950, with Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame), Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street (1945, Edward G. Robinson, Dan Duryea, Joan Bennett), and Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954, James Stewart) to several welcomed surprises like Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960, Carl Boehm), Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966, David Hemmings), and Howard Franklin's The Public Eye (1992, Joe Pesci).

Premiering on Saturday, January 23rd will be the Film Noir Los Tallos Amargos, The Bitter StemsFoundation's latest 35mm restoration, Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems) -- an ingenious and powerful noir made in Argentina in 1956 but virtually unseen outside its native country for more than 50 years. This is the initial North American screening in the Film Noir Foundation's campaign to earn Los tallos amargos its rightful place among the finest noir films ever made.

Eddie Muller, founder/president of the Film Noir Foundation and the man known internationally as the Czar of Noir, says of this year's line-up, "We're expanding the limits of traditional noir to enhance this year's theme. There's always been a dark side to the way The Arts are represented in film, and I thought it would be intriguing to include some unexpected films, like Love Me or Leave Me, The Red Shoes, and Blow-Up, that have trace elements of noir in the way they explore the more treacherous aspects of creativity."

Check out the full schedule HERE and get your tickets now to support a great cause; the dollars you spend at the festival go towards the Film Noir Foundation's year-round restoration efforts.

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