Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More Film Noir Foundation News!

The Film Noir Foundation is hard at work!  

1. Southern Gothic Noir: On April 28, they will be co-presenting Fritz Lang's House by the River at the San Francisco International Film Festival at the historic Castro Theatre. Greed, homicide, fame and family are all fodder for novelist Stephen Byrne (Louis Hayward) as he first covers up, then capitalizes on the drunken murder of his maid, whose body he dumps in the river beside his house. Lang's gothic noir is thick with an atmosphere of decay and features a chillingly depraved antihero. Go here for tickets and showtimes. The San Francisco International Film Festival, presented by The San Francisco Film Society, runs from April 19 through May 3.

2. The 12th Annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival returns to the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, California from May 10 through 13, 2012. FNF's Alan K. Rode returns as the festival's director/programmer and host for the fifth consecutive year. This year's highlights include an extremely rare screening of the fast-paced Technicolor thriller, Hell's Island (1955) starring noir icon John Payne in his final team-up with director Phil Karlson. Another special treat for noir fans will be Karlson's Key Witness (1960) with a guest appearance scheduled by star Patricia Crowley. Also scheduled is the screening of a new 35mm print of The Great Gatsby (1949), starring Alan Ladd as the eponymous hero, followed by an on-stage discussion with Alan Ladd's son, actor/producer David Ladd. For more on the festival,visit the official festival website.

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