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Coming Soon (Jan 24 – Feb 2): 12th Annual Noir City Film Festival – International Edition

6a00d8341c52ee53ef0168e5e9617b970c-800wiJoe Talbot isn’t just an upcoming young filmmaker who has already had a film featured in last year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, he’s also the man responsible for this year’s Noir City trailer. Lucky for us, we were able to coax him into writing a couple of sentences on what Noir is really all about. Take it away, Joe.

The following post has been written by Joe Talbot.

World War II marked the end of American innocence. Film noir captured the new cynicism and anxiety of American culture, prompted largely by the swarms of disillusioned soldiers returning home to a culture they no longer recognized.

So your silver star doesn’t buy you a drink at the local pub, huh?

How about the local pub has been bombed out and there ain’t no home to go home back to? Furthermore, how about my whole country’s been blown to smithereens, the water’s toxic, we’ve got a generation of deformed babies on the way and this foreboding feeling that we’ll be caught in the middle of a future war between the worlds two preeminent powers?

THAT’s noir.

Check out Joe’s official festival Trailer after the jump, along with general festival information. Read More…


Announcing the 10 Annual Noir City Film Festival

Preminger, Vidor, Sturges, Fuller, Dassin, Huston, plus Bogart!  Dashiell Hammett, Alan Ladd, and Gloria Grahame.  Name-dropping of this caliber can only mean one thing; It’s film noir time at the Castro Theatre.

It seems fitting that this year’s 10th annual Noir City Film Festival should run for 10 days.  From January 20th to the 29th the Castro Theatre will be once again feature an impressive line-up of some great noirtastic twists and turns with all the dialogue heavy banter we noir fans love.  Expect saucy vixens, fedora donning thugs, deceit, heartbreak, guns, cigarettes, and  melodrama.  Aside from the names mentioned at the top of the post, this year’s highlights also include a live on-stage interview with Angie Dickenson (The Killers, Point Blank, Dressed To Kill), a 1940s themed gala, and two versions of The Maltese Falcon.

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9th Annual Noir City Film Festival

NOIR CITY 9 returns to its usual majestic venue, the Castro Theatre, from January 21-30, 2011 with ”Who’s Crazy Now?” a lineup of twenty-four tales of madness, ranging from the legendary—Oscar-winning performances by Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight) and Ronald Colman (A Double Life)—to obscure rarities, all presented as originally intended, in glorious 35mm celluloid, in a movie palace, before an appreciative audience. –

For the full schedule and to purchase tickets follow the jump.

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