Saturday, March 21, 2015

Noir City: Hollywood

The 17th Annual Los Angeles Film Noir Festival (aka NOIR CITY: Hollywood), running April 3–19, 2015 at the Egyptian Theatre, presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation, promises a one-two punch of revered classics and undiscovered gems.

Rarities include the Foundation's new 35mm restorations of The Guilty (1947) and Woman on the Run (1950), as well as new prints of The Underworld Story (1950), and English-subtitled versions (a first!) of three awesome Argentine films noir from the early '50s.

This year's program also includes tributes to Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck, as well as novelists Dorothy B. Hughes and Cornell Woolrich. The Bogart tribute is a double bill of the classic noir Dark Passage (1947), co-starring wife Lauren Bacall, and the neo-noir This Last Lonely Place (2014) on which their son, Stephen Bogart, served as executive producer. The screening features a discussion between films with Stephen Bogart, Lonely Place writer-director Steve Anderson, and festival host Eddie Muller. A cocktail reception follows, courtesy of Bogart's Real English Gin, a festival sponsor.

Visit the Egyptian website for the full schedule, special events, and ticket information. FNF cohorts Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode will be alternating hosting duties throughout the festival.

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