Noir City: Hollywood! 20th Annual Festival of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre
Noir City Hollywood is celebrating its twentieth year in style with twenty films over ten nights. And most of them will be presented on 35mm prints! The lineup includes rarities from the archives, as well as films not available on DVD. All of the films are set in Los Angeles with lots of on location cinematography, so you'll be able to see you're favorite locals up on the big screen in glorious Black and White. These all American classic beauties are presented by the American Cinematheque film society and and the Film Noir Foundation.
The longest-running film noir festival in Los Angeles once again returns to the Egyptian Theatre to present a slate of sinister cinema, including prints struck expressly for this series. Returning as hosts are Eddie Muller (the "Czar of Noir") and Alan K. Rode, whose Film Noir Foundation will proudly present ten consecutive nights of sinuous shadows, dangerous desires and bitter beauties brimming with broken dreams. The series is highlighted with an appearance by the master of noir crime fiction, James Ellroy who will appear at the screening of the 1997 "neo-noir", L.A. Confidential, which is based on one of Ellroy's novels.
On opening night (Friday the 13th!), there will be a 20th anniversary celebratory reception between films featuring Film Noir theme cocktails crafted by 320 Main, a Black & White Desert bar, vintage sodas, Burlesque, Vintage Coppers, and photo opportunities with a vintage cop car all set to the Jazz of the Dean Mora Trio.
The opening night double feature includes The Blue Dahlia and I Love Trouble, which is not available on DVD. In Daglia, hard luck WWII vet Alan Ladd returns to Los Angeles only to become the prime suspect in the murder of his two-timing wife. In Trouble, Franchot Tone is a wisecracking private eye sleuthing his way through a bevy of treacherous dames in a playful homage to Raymond Chandler. Other double features include Kiss Me Deadly with City of Fear, Dark City with Armored Car Robbery, and there's a triple feature presentation with Prowler, M, and The Big Night.
Naturally, the series is once again compiled by Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode and Gwen Deglise. Program notes have been written by Alan K. Rode and Eddie Muller. And all screenings are to be hosted by Eddie Muller and/or Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.