The Return of Noir City Xmas, December 14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2016 02:53pm | Post a Comment

Noir City Xmas

Noir City wants you to get dark for the holidays. On Wednesday, December 14th, our friends at the Film Noir Foundation present Noir City Xmas, their 7th annual holiday double feature, at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Tossing aside Christmas treacle for a headlong dive into a double bill of danger and darkness, this year's noir-stained noel flicks are Quentin Lawrence's Hammer Film Cash on Demand (1961) and Harold Ramis's neo-noir The Ice Harvest (2005).

In addition to the screenings, host Eddie Muller will reveal the theme and complete film schedule for the eagerly anticipated NOIR CITY 15 festival, coming to the Castro Theatre January 20-29, 2017. NOIR CITY 15 Passports (the all-access festival passes) will be available for sale that night as well on the Castro mezzanine.

They will also have collection bins for both the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program and the SF-Marin Food Bank at the event. The San Francisco Firefighters are looking for toys for kids (infants through 12 years old). Toys must be un-gift-wrapped. The SF-Marin Food Bank needs the following: peanut butter, low-sugar cereal, whole-grain rice, pasta, oats, low-sodium soups and stews, tuna and other canned meats, and canned fruits and vegetables. Please no glass, opened items, perishables, or items past their "use before" date.

Cash On Demand
Cash on Demand
The Ice Harvest
The Ice Harvest

Cash On Demand (1961) -- 7:30 PM
England. Hammer Films. 84 min.
Scr. David T. Chantler, Lewis Greifer. Dir. Quentin Lawrence

In this stunningly suspenseful noir take on A Christmas Carol, Peter Cushing (in perhaps the finest performance of his long career) plays a Scrooge-like bank manager caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a charming and merciless thief (an equally great Andre Morell) who's devised a devious plan for a holiday heist. Known mainly for its horror films, this is one of the greatest movies ever produced by Britain's legendary Hammer Films, presented in a superb pristine 35mm print from Sony Pictures. The perfect antidote to Yuletide schmaltz!

The Ice Harvest (2005) -- 9:30 PM
USA. Focus Features. 92 min.
Scr. Richard Russo, Robert Benton. Dir. Harold Ramis

Wily mob lawyer Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) and his shifty accomplice Vic (Billy Bob Thornton) conspire to steal $2 million from Wichita's sleaziest gangster (Randy Quaid) on Christmas Eve. But as an ice storm descends on the region, Charlie's associates prove more treacherous than the forces of nature. Scott Phillips's classic neo-noir novel is adapted by a pair of ace screenwriters into a race-against-the-clock thriller, shot through with streaks of hilariously mordant black humor. Featuring Connie Nielsen as one of the sexiest modern femmes fatales.

Tickets for NOIR CITY Xmas are only $12 for the double bill. That's less than the cost of a single eggnog at any bar in town! Tickets are now on sale HERE

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