The 10th Annual Noir City Film Festival starts tomorrow in San Francisco, and Eddie Muller (the Czar of Noir) is pulling out all the stops. The festival runs January 20-29 at its traditional home, the Castro Theatre, and features films from the 1930s-1960s. For the uninitiated, the Film Noir Foundation is dedicated to “rescuing and restoring America’s Film Noir Heritage” and they put on this amazing festival every year. Here are a few highlights to keep in mind when buying your tickets:
- Angie Dickinson in Person (for a live interview on her career): Saturday night, January 21
- Laura (1944) with costumes by Bonnie Cashin: Sunday, January 22
- A brand new 35mm print of 1949’s The Great Gatsby, starring Alan Ladd: Saturday night, January 28
- A special 10th anniversary celebration, Everyone Comes to Eddie’s, a swanky, sexy, and slightly sinister soiree in which the Swedish American Hall is transformed into a vintage 1940s-era nightclub: Saturday night, January 28, 2012.
- Noir City Tours of San Francisco: Sunday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 25.
- The original Maltese Falcon (1931) and a Dashiell Hammett Marathon: Sunday, Jan 29
- More amazing vintage films that you’ve never seen and aren’t available anywhere else
Sorry to get gushy here kids, but I love this festival and its always got some great gems (not to mention some pretty amazing costumes!). Double-features abound so you really get your money’s worth. But if you can swing it, the Passport ($120) may be the way to go. More details (and a list of films) are available here: