April 20 - May 6, 2012, at the Egyptian Theatre
It was 14 years ago that the American Cinematheque invited Eddie Muller to program the Egyptian Theatre’s inaugural festival of film noir. Back in 1999 it was called “Side Streets and Back Alleys: A Festival of Film Noir,” and it featured dozens of forgotten films, retrieved from critical exile, that have since been recognized as unjustly neglected genre gems, with many returned to circulation via DVD. Since then Muller, through the formation of the Film Noir Foundation (FNF), has made reclamation and restoration of lost noir an official crusade, with the results exhibited annually at NOIR CITY festivals in five U.S. cities.
This year the FNF returns to the Egyptian Theatre, where it all began, with anotherastounding lineup of films ranging from pre-Code proto-noir (OKAY, AMERICA and AFRAID TO TALK) to perennial festival favorites (T-MEN, THE WINDOW, CAGED) to rediscovered rarities (NAKED ALIBI, SHIELD FOR MURDER, JOHNNY ALLEGRO, THREE STRANGERS, Alan Ladd’s 1949 THE GREAT GATSBY). Join Eddie Muller and FNF co-director Alan K. Rode as they host another edifying and entertaining excursion into the dark recesses of Hollywood’s most lasting artistic movement - film noir.
Please note, special ticket prices apply to all Noir City screenings:
Double Features: $12 General, $10 Students/Seniors, $8 Members
Triple Features: $15 General, $12 Students/Seniors, $10 Members
Purchase a new American Cinematheque Membership at Friend Level ($175) or higher during this series and take home a $200 gift card for Bettie Page Clothing, in addition to all the regular Membership perks! While supplies last. Inquire at the Box Office.
Every night, ticket buyers will have a chance to win passes to Cirque Du Soleil's IRIS at the Kodak Theatre! Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode will also host Noir trivia contests on select nights, where winners can also take home prizes from Esotouric bus tours, Warner Home Video, The Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum (featuring a new exhibit on The Black Dahlia), and other noir-themed prizes!
Plus, Trailers From Hell, Now and Zin and K&L Wines will host a "Don't Be Afraid of the Noir" wine tasting at K&L's Hollywood store at 1400 N. Vine Street, held in association with the American Cinematheque's 14th Annual Noir City Film Festival. There will be tastings of Pinot Noirs - what else? - specially selected for the occasion, Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.
Series programmed by Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode and Gwen Deglise.
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No passes accepted.