SIFF announces lineup for 15th annual Noir City film festival to run at SIFF Cinema Egyptian February 10-16.
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Single tickets are on sale to SIFF members on January 25 and to the public on January 27. Passes on sale now.
SEATTLE – Noir City returns to SIFF and celebrates its 15th anniversary with 18 films from the heart of Hollywood's noir movement, 1948. Each film in this year's lineup will be celebrating its 75th anniversary, playing at SIFF Cinema Egyptian February 10-16.
Returning to host the festival February 10-12 is Film Noir Foundation founder, Turner Classic Movies host, and "Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller. Joining Muller to host from February 13-16 are local noir authors and experts Vince and Rosemarie Keenan.
“This year’s lineup is a great celebration of both the noir genre and the festival’s history with SIFF,” says SIFF’s Programming Manager, Stan Shields. “Noir City is one of our most beloved festivals, and marking their 20th anniversary — and our 15 years of partnership — with films celebrating their 75th anniversary is a great example of the history involved in this beloved genre”.
All films will be screened at SIFF Cinema Egyptian, located at 805 E Pine St in Seattle.
Passes for the event are on sale for $100 for SIFF members and $150 for non-members. Tickets for individual in-person screenings are $10 for SIFF members (on sale January 25) and $15 for non-members (on sale January 27).
Limited screening tickets for members of the press & Eddie Muller is available for interviews. To RSVP and submit interview requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIFF Cinema Egyptian: Feb. 10-16
Friday, February 10
Warner Bros., 101 min.
Dir. John Huston
The final pairing of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall is a spine-tingling tale of a WWII veteran (Bogart) running up against a gangster (Edward G. Robinson) who’s holding the staff and guests of a coastal hotel hostage as a hurricane bears down on them.
The Lady from Shanghai
Columbia Pictures [Sony], 86 min.
Dir. Orson Welles
Welles’ dazzling and dizzying pulp poetry takes the classic femme fatale tale to globe-spanning lengths and hallucinatory heights. Hard-luck sailor Michael O’Hara (Welles) tumbles into the snare of gorgeous and mysterious Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth) only to find himself caught in the murderous conspiracy of her viperous cohorts.
Saturday, February 11
Universal, 89 min.
Dir. George Sherman
John Payne and Dan Duryea play grifters bent on bilking a wealthy war widow (Joan Caulfield) into funding a non-existent war memorial. These sharpies get tangled up with saucy Shelley Winters who’s more dangerous than a loaded .38. The cast has a field day firing Bowers’ one-liners faster than speeding bullets.
Eagle-Lion Films, 78 min.
Dir. Bernard Vorhaus
John Alton’s stunning cinematography elevates to exhilarating heights this clever story of a psychic (Turhan Bey) insinuating himself into the moody cliffside mansion of a wealthy widow (Lynn Bari) by convincing her, and her less-impressionable daughter (Cathy O’Donnell), that he can communicate with the dead.
The Big Clock
Paramount [Universal], 95 min.
Dir. John Farrow
George Stroud (Ray Milland), editor of America’s most popular true-crime magazine, finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of his publisher’s mistress with whom he’s just shared a day-drinking dalliance. Said publisher is played with sinister relish by Charles Laughton in one of the most suspenseful noir films of all time.
20th Century-Fox, 105 min.
Dir. Preston Sturges
As film noir swept over late 1940s Hollywood, Preston Sturges created the first full-length parody of the genre with this mordantly hilarious tale of a jealous orchestra conductor (Rex Harrison) envisioning three distinct plots to murder his supposedly unfaithful wife (Linda Darnell). Side-splitting farce is made funnier by Harrison’s demonically deadpan performance.
Sunday, February 12
They Live by Night
RKO Radio Pictures [Warner Bros.], 95 min.
Dir. Nicholas Ray
One of Hollywood’s great directorial debuts is a crime story that’s really about love struggling to survive in a cruel, unforgiving world. Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell star as film noir’s version of Romeo and Juliet, surrounded by menacing supporting players Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, and Helen Craig.
Eagle-Lion Films, 79 min.
Dir. Anthony Mann
Social worker Marsha Hunt and gangster’s moll Claire Trevor duke it out for the soul of homme fatale Dennis O’Keefe in this rambunctious display of noir pulp. O’Keefe busts out of the slammer determined to get even with gang boss Raymond Burr who wants O’Keefe dead before he reaches his San Francisco hideout.
Eagle-Lion Films, 83 min.
Dir. Steve Sekely
Crook Johnny Muller (Paul Henreid) finds the perfect hiding place—in the guise of a psychiatrist who is his identical twin ... almost. A sublime example of noir fatalism with a clever script that keeps you guessing. Photographed by John Alton, the film is an evocative look at 1940s Los Angeles.
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
Universal–International, 79 min.
Dir. Norman Foster
War profiteering, 1940s-style, is the backdrop of this London-set noir in which a traumatized American GI (Burt Lancaster) goes on the run after killing a man in a pub. Joan Fontaine is his only hope for salvation, Robert Newton his nemesis. Miklós Rózsa contributed the highly effective score.
Monday, February 13
Allied Artists [Warner Bros.], 88 min.
Dr. Jack Bernhard Parolee Laura Mead (Belita) returns to the city to reclaim her life. Waiting in the shadows is her ex-boyfriend, detective Johnny Saxon (Preston Foster)—who may have railroaded her into the pen out of jealousy. Will Laura forgive … or make good on her threat to kill those who sent her up?
Call Northside 777
20th Century–Fox, 112 min.
Dir. Henry Hathaway
Jimmy Stewart gives a terrific performance as P. J. McNeal, a Chicago newspaper reporter determined to free a convicted killer (Richard Conte) he believes has been unfairly imprisoned for eleven years. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture of 1948. First time at Noir City!
Tuesday, February 14
So Evil My Love
Paramount [Universal], 112 min.
Dir. Lewis Allen
Devout missionary’s widow Olivia Harwood (Ann Todd) falls under the spell of artist-rogue Mark Bellis (Ray Milland) on a steamship returning to 1890s London from the West Indies. Romantic obsession leads to her aiding him in a nefarious and deadly scheme resulting in a shocking and bloody climax. With Geraldine Fitzgerald.
Sleep, My Love
Triangle Productions [United Artists], 94 min.
Dir. Douglas Sirk
Alison Courtland (Claudette Colbert) awakens on a speeding train with no memory of how she got there. Reunited with her husband Richard (Don Ameche), he proposes hypnosis to uncover the root of his wife’s mental instability. One of Sirk’s strongest 1940s pictures, deftly combining witty humor, creepy atmospherics, and genuine thrills.
Wednesday, February 15
The Naked City
Universal–International, 96 min.
Dir. Jules Dassin
This landmark crime movie, producer Mark Hellinger’s hardboiled tribute to his beloved Big Apple, peels away all the stylistic melodramatics of noir to present Hollywood’s first true policier. One of the most influential Hollywood films of all time, the template for thousands of cop shows to come.
Cry of the City
20th Century-Fox, 95 minutes
Dir. Robert Siodmak
Perhaps the most perfectly realized, thematically and stylistically, of all Siodmak’s noir films. Victor Mature is the lawman and Richard Conte the fugitive crook he pursues across Manhattan with tragic results. Co-starring Shelley Winters, Debra Paget, Fred Clark, and a scary Hope Emerson in her startling screen debut.
Thursday, February 16
Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Paramount [Universal], 81 min.
Dir. John Farrow
Edward G. Robinson stars as John Triton, a phony vaudeville mentalist one day cursed with the ability to predict the future. Gail Russell is the heiress who seems doomed by Triton’s vision of her death. Or is it a scheme to steal her inheritance? Based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich.
All My Sons
Universal–International, 94 min.
Dir. Irving Reis
Edward G. Robinson gives an affecting performance as successful businessman Joe Keller, grappling with guilt over having framed his business partner for a crime he committed. When his son (Burt Lancaster) becomes engaged to the convicted man’s daughter, the sins of the past come hurtling back. First time at Noir City!
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