schedule has been announced for the first two weeks of the 16th Annual Noir City Film Festival, and it's terrific!
The festival opens at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, March 21st and runs through Sunday, April 6th.
Opening Night features a tribute to the one and only Dan Duryea. On the schedule that night: a brand-new restoration of a Duryea film I've not yet seen, TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949), and one I enjoyed a lot, LARCENY (1948). TOO LATE FOR TEARS costars Lizabeth Scott, with John Payne and Joan Caulfield costarring in LARCENY.
March 22nd, the festival pays tribute to the late Joan Fontaine, with the delicious BORN TO BE BAD (1950) alongside a not-on-DVD film I've never seen, IVY (1947). BORN TO BE BAD has a great cast of Robert Ryan, Joan Leslie, Zachary Scott, and Mel Ferrer, while IVY costars Patric Knowles and Herbert Marshall.
Sunday, March 23rd, is a day of "French noir" with TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN (1959), also known as DEUX HOMMES DANS MANHATTAN, and the classic RIFIFI (1955), directed by Jules Dassin.
March 26th, with an evening of 1947 "British noir," IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY (1947) with Googie Withers and BRIGHTON ROCK (1947) with Richard Attenborough.
On Friday, March 28th, there's a French film, JENNY LAMOUR (1947), titled QUAI DES ORFÈVRES in France, paired with the unusual ANGELS OVER BROADWAY (1940). ANGELS OVER BROADWAY stars Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Rita Hayworth.
March 29th is the evening I look forward to most after Opening Night, a fantastic "B" double feature of "L.A. Noir" with a brand-new restored print of Don DeFore as a G-man in SOUTHSIDE 1-1000 (1950). SOUTHSIDE 1-1000 will be shown along with Charles McGraw in ROADBLOCK (1951). What a fantastic double bill!
March 30th is another "can't miss" date, with a tribute to the late Audrey Totter. It will feature the excellent TENSION (1949), costarring Richard Basehart, Barry Sullivan, and Cyd Charisse, and a not-on-DVD Ray Milland film I'm really looking forward to seeing, ALIAS NICK BEAL (1949).
website it will include a tribute to another great actress we lost in December, Eleanor Parker, featuring her Oscar-nominated performances in CAGED (1950) and DETECTIVE STORY (1951).
I'll post additional updates on the final weekend when more information is available.
The above-mentioned Eleanor Parker tribute will take place the second week of the festival, on Thursday, March 27th.
The final week gets underway with OSSESSIONE (1943) on Wednesday, April 2nd, and a Hugo Fregonese double bill on April 3rd, consisting of HARDLY A CRIMINAL (1949) and ONE WAY STREET (1950).
I'm very excited at the prospect of seeing NIGHTFALL (1957), one of my "Favorite Discoveries" of 2013, on a big screen. It's being shown on April 4th with AND HOPE TO DIE (1972), which sounds unusual -- a French film with Robert Ryan and NIGHTFALL star Aldo Ray!
On April 5th there's just one film, DETOUR (1945), along with the closing weekend party.
The final night of the festival, April 6th, features the 1951 remake of M and THE HITCHHIKER (1951), with Ida Lupino directing Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, and William Talman.
TCM Classic Film Festival will open on April 10th and run through April 13th.
March 20th Update: Susan King of the Los Angeles Times interviews Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode about the festival.
Posts on past Noir City Festivals: A Visit to the Noir City Film Festival (2010); A Visit to the 13th Noir City Film Festival (2011); First Preview of 14th Annual Noir City Film Festival; Schedule Announced for Noir City 14 in Hollywood; Final Week of Noir City 14 Schedule Announced; A Visit to the 14th Annual Noir City Film Festival (2012); Schedule Announced for Noir City 15 in Hollywood; A Visit to the 15th Annual Noir City Film Festival (2013).