Saturday, December 22, 2018

Noir Year 2019: Coming Soon

Every December for the past several years the Film Noir Foundation has presented a one-night-only "Noir City Xmas" screening at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. This year that night was December 19 and the film was The Night of the Hunter (1955). The only film Charles Laughton ever directed, it is a chilling masterpiece, a tale told in images both beautiful and terrifying, with unforgettable performances by Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish.

Noir City 17 film schedule (that's Barbara Payton and Lloyd Bridges)
A high point of the evening is always the announcement by FNF founder/Czar of Noir/Noir Alley host Eddie Muller of the full schedule for the upcoming year's Noir City festival. San Francisco's Noir City 17 is set to run January 25 - February 3, once again at the Castro. The festival theme is "Film Noir in the 1950s" and, just as the 2018 festival chronologically paired films of the 1940s, the 2019 event will similarly wend its way from 1949 through the '50s and into the early '60s. The double bill for the final Saturday night, February 2, boggles the mind, Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) followed by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960).

24 films in all will screen over the 10 day event and among those on the program are William Wyler's Detective Story (1951), Otto Preminger's Angel Face (1953), Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street (1953), Richard Quine's Pushover (1954), Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Stanley Kubrick's Killer's Kiss (1955), Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958) and Sam Fuller's Underworld U.S.A. (1961). Opening night will showcase the FNF's newest 35mm restoration, Richard Fleischer's Trapped (1949), starring Lloyd Bridges and the all but forgotten "scandal-plagued" starlet Barbara Payton

San Francisco's Noir City is the largest annual film noir festival in the world and kicks off the series of satellite noir fests around the country. See the box below for a list of cities and dates.

Click here for ticket, lodging, and other information for one of the best, most exciting film festivals in the U.S.

Not just in San Francisco! Watch for Noir City Seattle, Hollywood, Austin, Boston and Chicago.


  1. Sounds like a great line-up as usual Lady Eve. It features some of my favorites like Night of the Hunter and Killer's Kiss, Touch of Evil, Detective Story and Pickup on South Street. Super!

    1. You may be able to see some of these films at L.A.'s noir festival, Christian, if you drive up a little early for the TCM fest. L.A.'s Noir City is very similar to S.F.'s in terms of length and films screened. Hope you do!

  2. What a terrific lineup! This looks really exciting.