NOIR CITY: Austin returns to its home at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz this weekend, May 20-22, with a one-two punch of justly famous noirs and lesser-known gems awaiting discovery. Each of the seven screenings feature a double bill of 1940s films — for a total count of 14 films. FNF president Eddie Muller will be on hand throughout the entire festival to guide Austin's denizens down the blind alleys of NOIR CITY. View the festival trailer.
The festival kicks off with This Gun for Hire, notable for the first pairing of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, followed by Robert Siodmak's remarkable early B-feature Fly-By-Night. One of the highlights of the weekend-long festival is Saturday afternoon's screening of Julien Duvivier's anthology Flesh and Fantasy featuring an all-star cast, including noir favorites Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. The rarely screened Destiny follows; originally shot as the first of the stories in the anthology, it was cut for running time and then developed into a stand-alone feature. Universal Studios is providing 35mm archival prints of both films, and neither is available on DVD or Blu-ray.