Monday, May 15, 2017

The 2017 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Review

This weekend my husband and I had a wonderful time at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California.


This was my second time attending the festival, which I first attended in 2015. I missed last year due to our son's college graduation, and I was very happy to be back in sunny Palm Springs this year for a dark weekend of film noir.


A dozen films were screened at the Camelot Theatres between Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon, all but one in 35mm. The Camelot is a wonderful venue, with a huge screen -- and all films properly masked, an increasing rarity these days -- and comfortable new seating.


Take a look at the terrific titles in the schedule program:


Click on the photos to enlarge them for a closer look.


There's additional info on the films, including links to past reviews of some titles, in last month's preview post.

Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation is the festival's producer and host. As has been the case in the past, some of the weekend's introductions were delivered by Alan's Film Noir Foundation colleagues, Eddie Muller and Foster Hirsch.

Here's a shot of Alan and Eddie outside the Camelot:


The weekend's special guests were Monika Henreid, daughter of Paul Henreid; actor Andy Robinson; and Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff. Dan Duryea's son Richard had to cancel due to illness, and our best wishes are with him.

On Sunday afternoon I snapped this photo of Eddie and Alan with Monika (left), Sara (right), and Victor Mature's daughter Victoria (center), who was there simply to enjoy the movies. All of the ladies were delightful!


A side note for those who may be thinking about attending the festival in the future: This year we stayed at a different hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott, which coincidentally was the festival's official hotel. It was even closer to the theater than the Best Western Plus Las Brisas where we've enjoyed staying in the past. The Marriott's landscaping is less resort-like than the Las Brisas, but we had a good experience there, and you can't beat the proximity to the festival. Based on my experiences, either hotel is a good option.


During the festival I Tweeted extensively, using the hashtag #ArthurLyonsFilmNoirFestival. Check out the hashtag for coverage of the festival as it unfolded, including numerous photos. For those considering making the trip in a future year, there are also recommendations of things to see and places to eat in the Palm Springs area.


In the coming days I'll be posting overviews of each day's screenings and guest appearances, as well as share photos of a couple of short side trips we took in the area.

I'll also have separate reviews of four new-to-me films seen at the festival. Additionally, I'll have a post on HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948), aka THE SCAR, combining an account of the opening night screening and interview with Monika Henreid with a review of the new Blu-ray from Kino.

As the posts go up I'll be adding the links to the end of this post so that all of my festival coverage may be easily found in one place.


Additional Festival Posts: 2017 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival Opens in Palm Springs on May 11th; Tonight's Movie: Hollow Triumph (1948) at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival (Plus Kino Lorber Blu-ray Review!); The 2017 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival: Friday; Tonight's Movie: All the King's Men (1949) at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival; The 2017 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival: Saturday; The 2017 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival: Sunday; Tonight's Movie: Split Second (1953) at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival. [More posts coming soon!]

Related post: A Visit to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

As I wrote last night, the festival was wonderful from start to finish, and I'm delighted I was able to attend. I highly recommend the experience. See you there in 2018!

Sincere thanks to Alan K. Rode and the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival for providing an All Access Pass to help facilitate my festival coverage.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jerry E said...

If only it were geographically possible to have been there! Not one misstep among that list of terrific films and some, like "DESPERATE" are particular favourites of mine.
Very much looking forward to your reviews of each film, Laura.
You and Doug very obviously had a cracking good time.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Jerry!

It would have been so fabulous if you could have made the long trek, I know you would have loved it as much as we did!

I really like DESPERATE too -- I love Audrey Long especially.

We had a wonderful time! Looking forward to sharing more here in the near future.

Best wishes,
Laura

6:30 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Sounds like a wonderful Dark Weekend! Look forward to your reviews.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

It was terrific, Vienna! Posts on the festival should go up regularly over the next few days. Thanks very much for reading!

If only there were a way for you and Jerry to cross the Atlantic (not to mention the U.S.) and attend!

Best wishes,
Laura

10:27 AM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

Amen to that, Laura! Unfortunately our lottery numbers this week failed us yet again - really not good enough!! LOL

1:45 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Glad you had a great time again! One of these days...

10:46 PM  

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