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Noir City 17: Film Noir In The 1950s, January 25 - February 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 6, 2019 05:57pm | Post a Comment

Noir City 17, San Francisco

Dive into NOIR CITY 17 at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre January 25-February 3 to Trappedexperience (through a lens, darkly) the 1950s -- a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema. Nothing would ever be the same. Film Noir Foundation president and the man known internationally as the "Czar of Noir," not to mention the host of Turner Classic Movies' popular weekly series Noir Alley, Eddie Muller, will once again lead audiences on a ten-night excursion through "Hollywood's only organic artistic movement." Strap in for danger, desire, and despair!

This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.

“I call it curated time-travel," says Muller. "We start out in the classic era at the peak of the noir movement and with each successive show we move relentlessly toward revolution—a 1960 double bill of Psycho and Breathless, two movies that effectively changed noir, and movies, forever.”

As usual, the program features an eclectic mix of established classics and rarely screened obscurities culled exclusively by the Film Noir Foundation from studio vaults and film archives. Opening Night, January 25, will feature the world premiere of their latest 35mm restoration, Trapped, a 1949 noir starring Lloyd Bridges and scandal-plagued starlet Barbara Payton.

“NOIR CITY remains the only film festival in America in which 100% of the box office proceeds directly go to funding the restoration of films," Muller states. "We are anticipating another fabulous festival, in which murder, betrayal, and deceit bring together people from all over the world to blissfully commune in their shared passion for film noir.”

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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