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The 2005 Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

The 2005 Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

| June 15, 2005 | 0 Comments

The fifth year of the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival featured a celebrity-studded bonanza of rare films and insider Hollywood details that delighted film historians, film noir buffs and movie fans alike. Many of this year’s attendees traveled from out of state and in some cases, from other countries to attend what has become the […]

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The Lodger / Hangover Square

The Lodger / Hangover Square

| June 1, 2005 | 0 Comments

The American Cinemathéque screened two seldom-seen 20th Century Fox melodramas Friday night at the Egyptian Theatre. Taken together or separately, these films constituted a rare and eminently worthwhile double feature. The Lodger (1944) is a by-the-numbers send-up on Jack the Ripper, circa 1888. The mountainous Laird Cregar plays the psychotic serial killer with creepy elan […]

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Classic Film Noir from the American Cinematheque: The Seventh Annual Film Noir Festival

Classic Film Noir from the American Cinematheque: The Seventh Annual Film Noir Festival

| March 29, 2005 | 0 Comments

The American Cinematheque serves up the rarest of films noir during April at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres in Los Angeles Noir aficionados who yearn to view obscure gems not available commercially or rarely shown on television need look no further than the Seventh Annual Festival of Film Noir starting Thursday, March 31st. While the […]

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The Fourth Annual Palm Springs Film Noir Festival, June 3rd-6th, 2004

The Fourth Annual Palm Springs Film Noir Festival, June 3rd-6th, 2004

| June 15, 2004 | 0 Comments

Some writer stated that heaven’s stars always shine brightest in the dark desert sky. The Palm Springs Film Noir Festival that wrapped up last weekend certainly validated this assumption. The husband and wife duo of Art and Barbara Lyons outdid themselves by programming a superb lineup of fourteen distinctive and rare noir films in the […]

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Back Alleys and Dark Shadows: The Sixth Annual Film Noir Festival

Back Alleys and Dark Shadows: The Sixth Annual Film Noir Festival

| April 9, 2004 | 0 Comments

Hollywood’s darkest film festival made its annual bow this week at the historic Egyptian Theatre. One of the American Cinematheque’s most anticipated events, this year’s “noirfest” was happily co-programmed and hosted for the sixth consecutive year by the celebrated ‘Czar of Noir,’ author and dark film expert Eddie Muller. The 2004 film noir festival put […]

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Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

| March 26, 2004 | 0 Comments

Down on his-luck NYC reporter (Douglas) takes a job with a small-town paper that provides him with no challenges until he exploits the story of a man trapped in a mine. When I walked into the Egyptian Theatre tonight to watch Ace in the Hole (1951) as part of the Cinematheque’s weekend series of “Movies […]

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The Hound of the Baskervilles / The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles / The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

| March 4, 2004 | 0 Comments

MPI Video is rolling out two more restored Sherlock Holmes gems this month. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) become available at the end of this month. These first two films of the Basil Rathbone-Holmes canon have been beautifully restored by the UCLA film archive and both of […]

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The Sherlock Holmes Collection: Volume III

The Sherlock Holmes Collection: Volume III

| March 1, 2004

Beautifully restored by the UCLA Film and Television archive to their former theatrical 35mm glory, these films are a far cry from the faded 16mm copies that are endlessly recycled on local television and marketed in various knockoff VHS formats. Starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes with Nigel Bruce as a relentlessly bumbling, heart-of-gold Dr. […]

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King Kong

King Kong

| August 21, 2003 | 0 Comments

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre resurrected the apotheosis of the fantasy genre, King Kong (1933) for a special 70th anniversary screening this past Saturday. Judging by the queue that snaked from the front of the Egyptian Theatre, through the courtyard, and onto Hollywood Boulevard, one could be forgiven if it seemed more like […]

Fourth Annual Festival of International Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction Films at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

Fourth Annual Festival of International Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction Films at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

| August 10, 2003 | 0 Comments

4th Annual Festival of International Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction Films: From King Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World to invading Martians, a chainsaw wielding maniac and Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre rolls out all of the heavy fantasy, horror and Sci-fi heavy hitters for their fourth […]

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