Noir City 2016: Film Noir From A to B

SIFF Cinema Egyptian
SIFF and the Film Noir Foundation presents the return of Noir City–now on the giant Egyptian screen! This year's festival features "Film Noir from A to B," with 18 classic films covering the most noir of decades, the 1940s. Many of these films are newly restored, and all will be introduced by our guest Eddie Muller, the incomparable Czar of Noir and impresario of Noir City. All shows presented on glorious 35mm film! 

Festival Passes: $150 | $100 Members
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Single film admission: $15 | $10 Members | $14 Seniors and Youth
SIFF Cinema Vouchers accepted at the rate of two for each single admission.


Noir City is presented by the Film Noir Foundation. 

I Wake Up Screaming

July 22, 2016

USA | 1941 | 82 minutes | Bruce Humberstone

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Victor Mature stars as sports promoter Frankie Christopher, who after being wrongly accused of murdering an up-and-coming model escapes from custody (and a police inspector with a bone to pick) and hits the New York streets in search of the truth. Featuring Betty Grable in one of her few dramatic roles as the victim’s sister. An unjustly overlooked harbinger of the film noir movement.

Stranger On The Third Floor

July 22, 2016

USA | 1940 | 64 minutes | Boris Ingster

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Filled with shadowy twists and turns, this Expressionistic crime thriller (widely considered the first American noir) places us in the haunted mind of a young reporter who may have sent an innocent man to the electric chair for murder. When another corpse turns up, killed the same way, the reporter realizes the real culprit may still on the loose…and closer than he realizes.

This Gun for Hire

July 23, 2016

USA | 1947 | 81 minutes | Frank Tuttle

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Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake shine in this seminal revenge film, based on the Graham Greene novel. After being paid off in marked bills, hit-man Raven (Ladd) vows vengeance on his two-faced boss, a nightclub promoter and fifth columnist. Raven soon meets the beautiful Ellen (Lake), a magician/chanteuse and fiancée of the pursuing police lieutenant—and that’s when things get complicated.

Dr. Broadway

July 23, 2016

USA | 1942 | 68 minutes | Anthony Mann

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‚Ä®Anthony Mann (T-Men, Raw Deal) made his directorial debut with this fast and snappy B potboiler set amid the neon lights of Times Square, in which a local general practitioner finds himself “halfway between the hot foot and the hot seat” after being framed for murder. Co-starring Jean Phillips, best known as Ginger Rogers’ stand-in.

Phantom Lady

July 23, 2016

USA | 1946 | 87 minutes | Robert Siodmak

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In this eerie atmospheric thriller, Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis) leaves home after a fight with his wife and picks up a beautiful woman in a saloon, impulsively taking her to a musical revue. Returning home, he finds his wife murdered and the police skeptical of his alibi. If his loyal secretary can’t find the “phantom lady,” it’s curtains. One of the essential noir titles, produced by Hitchock protégé Joan Harrison.

The 7th Victim

July 23, 2016

USA | 1943 | 71 minutes | Mark Robson

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Teenaged orphan Mary Gibson (Kim Hunter in her film debut) heads to Greenwich Village in search of her missing sister, a beloved businesswoman who has mysteriously disappeared. She encounters inexplicable occurrences and strange characters, all rendered in foreboding chiaroscuro by DP Nick Musuraca. A haunting film, filled with more dread than shocks, a signature element of producer Val Lewton’s oeuvre.

Scarlet Street

July 24, 2016

USA | 1945 | 103 minutes | Fritz Lang

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In this noir classic, milquetoast cashier Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) becomes an accidental hero when he rescues young Kitty March (Joan Bennett), from a would-be attacker. The sap doesn’t realize he’s stumbled upon a dust-up between a hooker and her pimp (Dan Duryea) and before long the devious duo is playing him for a prize chump. It can only end in tragedy.

My Name Is Julia Ross

July 24, 2016

USA | 1945 | 65 minutes | Joseph H. Lewis

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One of Joseph H. Lewis’ breakthrough B films, My Name is Julia Ross tells the story of a young woman (Nina Foch) who takes a job as a live-in assistant for an older woman and her suspicious son Ralph (George Macready). Before she knows what’s happening, Julia is trapped in a lonely mansion being persuaded that she is Ralph’s (late) wife. A “woman in jeopardy” classic.

The Dark Corner

July 24, 2016

USA | 1946 | 99 minutes | Henry Hathaway

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Ex-con private eye Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens) arrives in New York City after serving two years in the joint, having been framed for the murder of his former partner. When ghosts from the past turn up, he enlists the aid of his new tart-tongued secretary (Lucille Ball) to help him track down the true culprit. Both a definitive example of the genre, and an often humorous send-up.

The Guilty

July 24, 2016

USA | 1947 | 71 minutes | John Reinhardt

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“One led men to love; the other drove them to kill!” When the nice half of a pair of comely identical twins (both played by Bonita Granville) winds up dead, two roommates suspect each other of the crime in this gritty, brain-teasing thriller based on a short story by noir’s most prolific scribe, Cornell Woolrich. Presented in a restored 35mm print funded by the Film Noir Foundation.

Dead Reckoning

July 25, 2016

USA | 1947 | 100 minutes | John Cromwell

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When his wartime buddy friend goes AWOL en route to receiving the Medal of Honor, Captain Rip Murdock (Humphrey Bogart) is determined to track him down. The trail leads to hot and humid Florida and a savage melodrama of murder, fake identities, charred corpses, and the warm embrace of a hot-blooded dame (Lizabeth Scott, Too Late For Tears).

Night Editor

July 25, 2016

USA | 1946 | 66 minutes | Henry Levin

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A cop (William Gargan) and his married socialite lover (Janis Carter) witness a brutal murder while necking in Lover's Lane. He gets a guilty conscience. She gets turned on. They're doomed. Intended to be the first in a series of B films, the Production Code cracked down after this, as one of the raunchiest and most sex-charged movies of the 1940s snuck onto America’s screens.

Desert Fury

July 26, 2016

USA | 1947 | 96 minutes | Lewis Allen

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Wardrobe mistress Edith Head has a field day dressing up a colorful cast, including Mary Astor as the owner of the Purple Sage casino, home to lowlife gamblers, duplicitous deputies, and rebellious kin, in this smoldering love triangle set against the Technicolor glory of the Nevada desert. Noir City curator Eddie Muller describes it as “the gayest movie ever produced in Hollywood’s golden era.”

Sorry, Wrong Number

July 26, 2016

USA | 1948 | 89 minutes | Anatole Litvak

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Barbara Stanwyck (an Oscar nominee) plays a rich, invalid heiress who overhears a murder plot through the crossed wires of her bedside telephone. Based on a hugely popular radio play, author Lucille Flethcer expands her original story to feature length, and producer Hal Wallis pulls out all the stops creating a dense, complex masterwork of cinematic suspense.

The Reckless Moment

July 27, 2016

USA | 1949 | 82 minutes | Max Ophüls

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Mother knows best in this Max Ophüls-directed melodrama about the lengths one woman will go to in order to protect her daughter from a scheming blackmailer (James Mason)—and how she scrambles to hide the truth from both her family and the police. Based on Elizabeth Saxnay Holding’s novel "The Blank Wall", this is one of the best “domestic thrillers” ever made.

Woman on the Run

July 27, 2016

USA | 1950 | 77 minutes | Norman Foster

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This poignant tale of love and marriage is almost a breakneck thriller, as a dissatisfied wife (Ann Sheridan) hunts down her husband-in-hiding after he witnesses a gangland murder. Orson Welles protégé Norman Foster draws evocative performances from the entire cast, including San Francisco itself, in its mid-20th century blue-collar glory. Restored 35mm print courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation.

Gun Crazy

July 28, 2016

USA | 1950 | 86 minutes | Joseph H. Lewis

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A young man falls under the spell of a carnival sharpshooter, leading to a cross-country crime spree. No picture before or since has more deliriously used side arms as sexual symbols. Loopy, corny, overheated, but one big adrenaline rush of creative moviemaking from start to finish, fueled by an audacious script from blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. One of the essential noir titles.

Southside 1-1000

July 28, 2016

USA | 1950 | 73 minutes | Boris Ingster

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This slam-bang crime drama from the King Brothers (producers of Gun Crazy) is highlighted by shot-on-location scenes in downtown L.A., Hollywood and San Quentin and crafted by much of the same team responsible for Gun Crazy. Don DeFore is an undercover agent trying to smash a counterfeiting ring operated by sultry Andrea King. 35mm preservation funded by the Film Noir Foundation.