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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

Do You Noir? Do You Like Films About Vets? Noir City Has A Night For You.

Tomorrow, Tuesday March 10 at 06:30pm the annual festival, NOIR CITY is presenting a Veterans double feature at the Hollywood Legion Theater. This is a brand new venue for the annual film celebration, co-produced by the Film Noir Foundation, the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Legion Theater.

Join other Film Noir fanatics for a special Noir City screening at the gorgeously restored Hollywood Legion Theater located at 2035 N. Highland Ave., just south of the Hollywood Bowl. This is the only Hollywood theatrical venue owned and operated by veterans. Thanks to a heavy restoration just a few years ago, the theater features state-of-the-art projection and sound systems along with an iconic art-deco bar and downstairs game room. It's just full of historical atmosphere that virtually transports you back to to the Golden Age of cinema. On the schedule are two great films on actual 35mm print. First up is the MGM 1948 release, Act of Violence directed by two time Academy Award winner, Fred Zinnemann (From Here To Eternity, A Man For All Seasons). This dark masterpiece produced during the Metro tenure of executive producer Dore Schary (The Farmer's Daughter, Battleground) remains one of Hollywood’s most emblematic post World War II themed films. Robert Ryan stalks war hero Van Heflin from the woods of Big Bear Lake to the underbelly of downtown Los Angeles. The stunning cinematography by three time Oscar winner, Robert Surtees (Ben-Hur, The Bad and the Beautiful) captures the dark side of the postwar boom. The visual excellence is matched by the superb performances from the entire cast, including a young, gorgeous 20-year-old Janet Leigh and a revelatory Mary Astor as a weary-but-wise streetwalker. Zinnemann’s only foray into Noir is one of the best movies of the best the era. Then there's the 1946, 20th Century Fox production of Somewhere in the Night. Joseph Mankiewicz directs Marine combat veteran, John Hodiak as an amnesiac searching for the mysterious “Larry Cravat,” who holds the clue to his identity. The vastly underrated Noir is a trip through the urban netherworld, a place where no one can be trusted. Richard Conte, Lloyd Nolan, and Nancy Guild round out the main cast, while and a rogue's gallery of familiar faces lend laudable support. Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation will provide introductions before both screenings. Be sure to join the crowd for cocktails before, between, or after at the Post 43 bar starting at 5:00 PM. Special Ticket Price: $15.

The amazing American Legion Hollywood Post 43 Theatre is located at 2035 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, just South of the Hollywood Bowl on the West side of the street. Parking is available for $10 in the Legion lot (first come, first served) and free across Highland Avenue in the Hollywood Bowl lot.


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