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Noir City 2020

February 14 - 20, 2020

America doesn't have a monopoly on swaggering gangsters, larcenous lovers, surly ex-cons, corrupt cops, and scheming femmes fatales. The 2020 edition of Noir City will feature an array of classic films from around the globe—a wide-ranging, thematically cohesive immersion in a sordid world of sinister and sexy affairs presented by TCM host and Czar of Noir Eddie Muller.

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"Now, more than ever, it's essential to resist the dread and paranoia of contemporary times by looking beyond our differences. Let's appreciate the noir ethos for the creativity it inspires and the warning flares it long ago flashed on screens worldwide. Noir has no national boundaries. It's the same story, everywhere."—Eddie Muller

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, February 14
6:30 PM
- Opening Night Film: The Beast Must Die (La bestia debe morir) *35mm*
9:15 PM - The Black Vampire (El vampiro negro)

Saturday, February 15
Seattle-based contributors to Noir City Magazine, Vince and Rosemarie Keenan, will take over hosting duties for Eddie Muller on Saturday, February 15.
12:30 PM
- Panic (Panique)
3:00 PM - Razzia (Razzia sur la chnouf)
6:00 PM - Finger Man (Le doulos)
8:30 PM - Any Number Can Win (Mélodie en sous-sol) *35mm*

Sunday, February 16
12:30 PM
- A Colt is My Passport (Koruto wa Ore no Pasupōto)
3:00 PM - Branded to Kill (Koroshi no rakuin)
6:00 PM - Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) *35mm*
8:30 PM - Rusty Knife (Sabita naifu)

Monday, February 17
12:30 PM
- The Facts of Murder (Un Maledetto Imbroglio)
3:15 PM - A Woman's Face (En kvinnas ansikte)
6:00 PM - Never Let Go *35mm*
8:30 PM - Victim *35mm*

Tuesday, February 18
6:00 PM
... and the Fifth Horseman is Fear (... a páty jezdec je Strach) *35mm*
8:30 PM - 90 Degrees in the Shade (Třicet jedna ve stínu)

Wednesday, February 19
6:00 PM
- The Housemaid (Hanyo)
8:30 PM - Black Hair (Geomeun Meori)

Thursday, February 20
6:00 PM
- Closing Night Film: The Devil Strikes at Night (Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam) *35mm*
8:30 PM - Black Gravel (Schwarzer kies)

The Beast Must Die

Argentina | 1952 | 104 minutes | Román Viñoly Barreto

February 14, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

In this Argentinian restoration, a writer adopts a new identity to track down the hit-and-run driver who killed his son. Based on a landmark 1936 novel of psychological suspense.

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The Black Vampire

Argentina | 1953 | 90 minutes | Román Viñoly Barreto

February 14, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A proto-feminist reimagining of Fritz Lang's 1931 classic M, about the hunt for a serial killer who preys on children.

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Panic

France | 1947 | 99 minutes | Julien Duvivier

February 15, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A social outcast is framed for the murder of a woman in a rural French village. The finest film in the storied career of director Julien Duvivier.

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Razzia

France | 1955 | 105 minutes | Henri Decoin

February 15, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

French legend Jean Gabin plays a gangster trying to manage the influx of drugs into the Parisian underworld. A lurid, yet oddly dignified film.

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Finger Man

France | 1962 | 108 minutes | Jean-Pierre Melville

February 15, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Jean-Paul Belmondo is a shady character insinuating himself in the lives of career criminals—but is he a rat? A Melville crime masterpiece.

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Any Number Can Win

France | 1963 | 118 minutes | Henri Verneuil

February 15, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Aging mastermind Jean Gabin plots his greatest caper—but can he trust his super-sexy young cohort (Alain Delon)? An underrated heist classic!

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A Colt is My Passport

Japan | 1967 | 84 minutes | Takashi Nomura

February 16, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A crafty hitman and his cunning sidekick attempt a daring escape after carrying out a high-profile contract and incurring the wrath of a vicious rival gang.

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Branded to Kill

Japan | 1967 | 91 minutes | Seijin Suzuki

February 16, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

After a botched assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organization, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman.

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Pale Flower

Japan | 1964 | 98 minutes | Mashahiro Shinoda

February 16, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

An ex-con falls under the spell of a reckless young gambler whose pursuit of danger has no limits. A superbly stylish masterpiece of existential noir.

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Rusty Knife

Japan | 1958 | 90 minutes | Toshio Masuda

February 16, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A young ex-con is enlisted to help bring down a yakuza boss, but he really wants to avenge the murder of his fiancé. Vital Nikkatsu crime–JD hybrid.

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The Facts of Murder

Italy | 1959 | 115 minutes | Pietro Germi

February 17, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A home break-in seems trivial until the victim's neighbor turns up dead. An intricate mystery that's equal parts thriller, policier, and black comedy.

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A Woman's Face

Sweden | 1938 | 100 minutes | Gustaf Molander

February 17, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Legendary star Ingrid Bergman, pre-Hollywood, plays a disfigured gang boss who goes against her criminal cohorts in a last chance at redemption.

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Never Let Go

United Kingdom | 1960 | 90 minutes | John Guillermin

February 17, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A salesman whose car is stolen risks his life to retrieve it in London's underworld. The villain? Peter Sellers in an unexpected, terrifying turn.

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Victim

United Kingdom | 1961 | 96 minutes | Basil Dearden

February 17, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

In its time, this film about a gay lawyer who agrees to defend an ex-lover on a theft charge, was considered as daring a film as had ever been made in England.

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...and the Fifth Horseman is Fear

Czechoslovakia | 1965 | 100 minutes | Zbynek Brynych

February 18, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A former doctor defies the Nazis by trying to save a resistance fighter during one long, surreal night in Prague. A Czech New Wave masterpiece.

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90 Degrees in the Shade

Czechoslovakia | 1965 | 100 minutes | Jiří Weiss

February 18, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A liquor store audit results in life-altering revelations for everyone involved, both guilty and innocent. A unique Czech-British co-production.

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The Housemaid

South Korea | 1960 | 111 minutes | Kim Ki-young

February 19, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A middle-class Korean family spirals into a delirious nightmare after hiring a young housemaid. A unique mix of soap opera, noir, and horror.

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Black Hair

South Korea | 1964 | 105 minutes | Lee Man-hui

February 19, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

The mistress of a yakuza is scarred and tossed aside after she's raped by one of his henchmen. Only she's not going down without a fight.

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The Devil Strikes at Night

West Germany | 1957 | 97 minutes | Robert Siodmak

February 20, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

The hunt for a serial killer in Nazi Germany runs afoul of the Reich when the culprit doesn't fit their desired profile. Late classic by a noir master!

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Black Gravel

West Germany | 1961 | 113 minutes | Helmut Käutner

February 20, 2020

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A black-market trucker, whose former flame is married to a U.S. officer, tries to hide a fatal hit-and-run. Rescued Cold War cinema at its bleakest.

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