Noir City Chicago! Just a little under a week away! Are you ready? Do you have your tickets?
NOIR CITY: CHICAGO kicks off next Friday, August 29 at the Music Box Theatre, with the FNF’s latest 35mm restoration, Too Late for Tears (1949). Rounding out the opening night bill of Los Angeles-based noirs is a newly struck 35mm print of the tough-as-nails Roadblock (1951), starring noir favorite Charles McGraw, provided by our friends at Warner Bros. Host Alan Rode will also be giving away copies of Warner Archive Collection DVDs to lucky winners during the Monday night screenings of Caged (1950) and Tension (1949). If you don’t attend, you can’t win.
Hollywood is only one stop on this year’s globetrotting program. This year’s festival explodes the long-held belief that noir stories and style are specifically American. The focus is on the immediate post-WWII years, spotlighting noirs from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, and Italy—including Death of a Cyclist (Spain, 1955),Ossessione (Italy, 1943), Pépé le Moko (France, 1937), Rififi (France, 1955), Two Men in Manhattan (France, 1959), Hardly a Criminal (Argentina, 1949), Drunken Angel (Japan, 1948) and Stray Dog (Japan, 1949)—and the first screening of a brand new English-subtitled 35mm print of El Vampiro Negro, the 1953 remake of Fritz Lang’s M that wowed a San Francisco audience at NOIR CITY 12. FNF president Eddie Muller will be in to host the festival’s final three nights! Visit the Music Box’s website for the full schedule for this international edition of NOIR CITY: CHICAGO, running August 29-September 4.