Thursday, March 28, 2019


NOIR CITY: Hollywood Opens This Weekend!
NOIR CITY: Hollywood returns to the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre, March 29-April 7. To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Los Angeles' longest-running film noir festival, programmers Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode, and Gwen Deglise have gone deep into the archives to present a sizzling slate of sinister cinema. Muller and Rode will guide audiences through a program of "Film Noir in the 1950s" that offers many titles not seen in the fest's recent San Francisco and Seattle editions. Opening night, Friday, March 29, will feature the FNF's latest 35mm restoration—Richard Fleischer's Trapped, a 1949 noir from short-lived Eagle-Lion Films, starring Lloyd Bridges and scandal-plagued starlet Barbara Payton. There will be an opening night reception for all ticket buyers between Trapped and the 1950 "B" offering, Robert Siodmak's The File on Thelma Jordon. 
This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of 1940s "A" and "B" films into the '50s, offering viewers a slate of films that tracks noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation. The 2019 program features an eclectic mix of established classics like Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958), as well as rarely screened obscurities culled from studio vaults and film archives like Joe Pevney's 1954 Playgirl and John Auer's Hell's Half Acre (1954). Eddie Muller will introduce the festival screenings March 29-31 and April 5-7. Alan K. Rode will take the reins April 1-4. Schedule and tickets are now available at the Egyptian Theatre's website.

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