Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Noir City News

The latest edition of the Film Noir Foundation's Noir City e-magazine is out and, along with major features on Dan Duryea and Peter Lorre, it brings news of Noir City XII, the FNFs annual film noir festival in San Francisco.

Olga Zubarry
The festival will again take place at San Francisco's movie palace, the Castro Theatre, and run from January 24 - February 2. The festival theme for 2014 is "It's a Bitter Little World" and it will spotlight classic film noir from around the world: France, Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Spain, Norway and Great Britain as well, of course, as the good old U.S.A. 27 films will screen and two from Argentina will be making their theatrical debut in the U.S.:  No abras nunca esa puerta/Never Open That Door (1952), an anthology adapted from stories by Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window, Deadline at Dawn, The Window, Mississippi Mermaid) and El vampiro negro/The Black Vampire (1953), a remake of Fritz Lang's M starring "The Argentine Marilyn Monroe," Olga Zubarry. Both are newly restored and subtitled 35mm prints. 

The full schedule for Noir City XII will be released as part of the FNF's 4th annual Noir City Xmas, a double feature event set for next Wednesday night, December 18, at the Castro Theatre; Blast of Silence (1961) and Christmas Eve (1947) will be screened.

The San Francisco festival kicks off the Noir City season, with "satellite" festivals to follow later in the year in Seattle, Austin, L.A., Chicago, Portland (OR) and Washington, D.C.

For information on Noir City and Noir City Xmas, click here.


  1. Sounds intriguing.... and boy do I love that poster! It is a real beauty.

    1. Noir City is my favorite local film festival - it's an EVENT. I love the poster, too, and think it may already be - or will be - available at thru the website.

  2. This would be amazing – not only is it film noir, but films from all over the world?!

    I think if a person (meaning me) were in the San Francisco area, it would be a crime not to attend.

    1. This will be a special one (but every Noir City I've attended has been pretty special) - and I agree, it should be criminal for any local noir fan not to attend.