Noir City 9 at the Castro – January 21 to 30

by Tom Mayer on January 21, 2011

The fabulous Noir City series returns to the Castro Theatre from January 21 to 30, with 24 feature films, many not available on DVD, and most in new 35mm prints. Over the past nine years, the Film Noir Foundation has raised tens of thousands of dollars for film restoration, and works with major archives, such as the Library of Congress and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, to bring restored film noir classics to the festival. Film noir fans from all over the world attend the festival to see these rare films, all of which show the dark underside of American life.

The festival opens on Friday, January 21 with a newly restored print of High Wall (1947) from Warner Bros., starring Robert Taylor as a brain-damaged veteran and Audrey Totter as his doctor. The opening night co-feature is a film considered the first film noir, Stranger on the Third Floor (1940), starring Peter Lorre. The series continues with rarities such as Strangers in the Night (1944) directed by Anthony Mann, Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) with Marilyn Monroe, The Woman on the Beach (1947) directed by Jean Renoir, Secret Beyond the Door (1948) directed by Fritz Lang, My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) directed by Joseph H. Lewis, and So Evil My Love (1948) with Ray Milland and Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Hollywood star Barbara Stanwyck is featured in several films including The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), and The Lady Gambles (1949). The festival closes on Sunday, January 30 with Angel Face (1952) directed by Otto Preminger and The Hunted (1948). Programmers Eddie Muller and Anita Monga will introduce each screening at the Castro.

Tickets are $10 for each double feature, and a Passport is available for $100 for all screenings. For more info, go to www.noircity.com and for tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com.

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