Thursday, January 25, 2018

Beginning Tomorrow: Noir City 16 - Classy As and Trashy Bs!

In need of heaping helpings of larceny, the post-WWII urban jungle, cigarette-burned fingers, furtive guys and femme fatales - both on the run - and the chiaroscuro shadow world of Greg Toland style black and white cinematography? Then make your way to San Francisco's legendary Castro Theatre, starting tomorrow night.

The Noir City Film Festival is back for a NOT Sweet 16, with the 2018 theme of Classy As and Trashy Bs. This makes sense, as the hard-boiled genre runs the gamut from the big budgets of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to the nonexistent budgets of Monogram and PRC.

Noir City 2018 Credits cut 2 from Serena Bramble on Vimeo.

From the official Noir City press release:
NOIR CITY returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre January 26–February 4 for its 16th edition. "Film Noir from A to B" takes audiences back in time with a program of 12 genuine "A" and "B" double bills, spanning the breadth of the original film noir era, 1941 to 1953. The festival presents 24 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low- budget second feature, or "B" film. All but one of the films will be presented in glorious 35mm.

The FNF's latest restoration will also receive its world "re-premiere" on Saturday night, February 3—The Man Who Cheated Himself, an independently made noir thriller from 1950 shot on location in San Francisco. Thanks to the generosity of NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors, the Foundation was able to fully fund the restoration of this film. A pair of FNF- funded 35mm preservations will screen together that afternoon as well, Southside 1-1000 and The Underworld Story.

For more info, check out the Film Noir Foundation, Noir City and Castro Theatre websites.

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