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The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

| July 22, 2003 | 0 Comments

This scathing indictment of Professional Boxing, dubbed the “red light district” of pro sports, packs a big factual punch. In his final film, Humphrey Bogart plays an out-of-work sports columnist who compromises his principles to become a PR shill for fight promoter Nick Benko (Rod Steiger). Benko is a diabolically brilliant promoter who is as […]

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Summer In The Dark: Santa Fe’s Festival of Film Noir

Summer In The Dark: Santa Fe’s Festival of Film Noir

| July 18, 2003 | 0 Comments

The sun went down early last week along the Pecos Trail Road into Santa Fe, New Mexico as The Center of Contemporary Arts (CCA) Cinematheque brought forth thirteen of America’s greatest film noirs for Santa Fe’s Festival of Film Noir. One of the nation’s leading artistic and eclectic communities, Santa Fe has quietly been in […]

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The Third Annual Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

The Third Annual Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

| June 7, 2003 | 0 Comments

Palm Springs’ darkest film festival glided down the fatalistic back alleys of film noir for the third go-round last week. Festival director Arthur Lyons created a unique cinematic event that transcended mere screenings of America’s darkest art form. From the opening night arrival of celebrities in classic cars, to filmgoers dressed down in period garb […]

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The Second Weekend of the 5th Annual Festival of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

The Second Weekend of the 5th Annual Festival of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

| April 21, 2003 | 0 Comments

A sparkling new 35 mm print of Union Station (1950) opened the weekend screening schedule on Friday night. This Chicago-based police procedural is set in the environs of that city’s famous train station and delineates the kidnapping for ransom of a blind heiress. William Holden stars as the principal detective-lieutenant who becomes involved with helpful […]

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Opening Weekend of the 5th Annual Festival of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

Opening Weekend of the 5th Annual Festival of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

| April 11, 2003 | 0 Comments

The darkest film festival in Hollywood was ushered in for its fifth go-around at The Egyptian Theatre this past Friday night. This film noir extravaganza started back in 1999 and has become an eagerly anticipated event by film buffs, Hollywood vets and an ever-growing audience of hip film noir aficionados i.e. “noirheads.” A major challenge […]

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Noir City by the Bay: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival

Noir City by the Bay: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival

| January 31, 2003 | 0 Comments

The unique urban landscape of San Francisco–foggy, dreamlike, full of dizzying heights and stunning vistas of sky and sea–pictorially canonized numerous films of the 1940′s and 50′s. Despite a cinematic era when the term location shoot frequently meant Bronson Canyon or Griffith Park in Los Angeles, many productions headed northward to the Barbary Coast in […]

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Border Incident

Border Incident

| January 8, 2003 | 0 Comments

If you’re a cinephile purist who believes that a necessary attribute for a film noir must be the gritty urban environment of rain-swept streets and dark alleyways, check out Border Incident (1949) and your opinion will undoubtedly change. This surprisingly grim movie, directed by Anthony Mann and shot by master cinematographer John Alton, is as […]

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The Man Who Cheated Himself

The Man Who Cheated Himself

| November 14, 2002 | 0 Comments

Lieutenant Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb) is a San Francisco homicide dick who is attracted to women like a moth to a blowtorch. His clandestine love affair with socialite Lois Frazier (Jane Wyatt) undergoes a major paradigm shift when she pumps two slugs in a soon-to-be-ex husband bent on mayhem. Cullen is Johnny-on-the spot and […]

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The Well

The Well

| August 7, 2002 | 0 Comments

This frequently overlooked but important film was co-directed by Leo Popkin and produced by Harry M Popkin (this cinematic team of brothers also co-produced And Then There Were None, D.O.A., Impact, among others) and written by Russell Rouse. A young black child walks through a meadow and falls down an abandoned well. The last person […]

Bob Le Flambeur [Bob the Gambler]

Bob Le Flambeur [Bob the Gambler]

| July 15, 2002 | 0 Comments

Fold in varied amounts of The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing, add both obligatory and surprising French seasoning from director Jean-Pierre Melville, stir well and you have his cinematic valentine to post WWII Paris and American Film Noir: Bob Le Flambeur (1955). Bob the Gambler (Roger Duchesne) exudes a professional mien as he glides through […]

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