Tuesday, January 25, 2022

NOIR CITY 19 FESTIVAL- Set for March 2022

Let's try this again!  The NOIR CITY film festival returns from its second COVID hiatus March 24 - 27 for an incisive and inspiring four-day festival at Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre. Passports (all-access passes) and individual tickets are once again available for purchase at noircity.com. All passports and tickets already purchased for the original January shows will automatically be honored at this rescheduled March festival. If you cannot attend the new dates, please contact Brown Paper Tickets to request to have your purchase refunded.

Produced, programmed and hosted by Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller, 2022's NOIR CITY edition, subtitled "They Tried to Warn Us!", showcases 12 movies from mid-20th century Hollywood sure to resonate with contemporary viewers. Included are shockingly prescient films focusing on megalomaniacal politicians, corrupt businessmen, neo-Nazis, racism, anti-Semitism, sexual predators, serial killers, police brutality — even a viral epidemic! This NOIR CITY program could not be more timely or topical.

The eagerly anticipated NOIR CITY 19 will open Thursday night, March 24, with a double bill. First up, All the King's Men (1949), the noir-stained 1950 Best Picture Oscar® winner, starring Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark, an ambitious Southern politician who doesn't let ethics interfere with his meteoric political rise. Crawford won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance. The Robert Rossen film is paired with the world premiere of the FNF's latest 35mm restoration — The Argyle Secrets, a 1948 B-picture directed by Cy Endfield, returned to circulation this year through the partnership of the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive. The film's mystery centers around "The Argyle Album" containing the names of U.S. politicians and industrialists who abetted the Nazis in WW II.

Weeknight shows will be presented as double bills, with one $15 admission price for two movies. Saturday and Sunday shows will have separate admissions ($12.50) for each screening. NOIR CITY Passports (all-access passes) granting admission to all 12 films are available for $100, a $30 savings over the purchase price of individual tickets. FNF proceeds from the NOIR CITY festival benefit the foundation's efforts to rescue and restore noir films in danger of being permanently lost or damaged.

As is the tradition at NOIR CITY, fans can expect plenty of onscreen surprises, noir-inspired activities, and special guest appearances! 

The full schedule, Passports (all-access passes), individual tickets, and program notes are available at NoirCity.com.

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