Noir City 5

Friday, August 23rd – Thursday, August 29th, 2013


Join us for the 5th sensational edition of NOIR CITY: CHICAGO as the Music Box teams up with the Film Noir Foundation for a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics!




<cite>Alias Nick Beal</cite>

Wed 28 Aug, 2013, 7:30pm

Alias Nick Beal

directed by John Farrow in English starring Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell

This brilliant Faustian tale of soul corruption has campaigning politician Thomas Mitchell making a pact with Lucifer (Ray Milland), which includes the temptations of to delectable devil-doll Audrey Totter, whose got her own issues with the mysterious Mr. Beal. The fabulous and fabulist screenplay by Jonathan Latimer is rendered by Farrow (The Big Clock, Where Danger Lives) in high noir style.

A true rarity, brought back by Universal in a 35mm print exclusively for Noir City! NOT ON DVD!

Selected Awards

<cite>Chicago Calling</cite>

Mon 26 Aug, 2013, 5:00pm

Chicago Calling

directed by John Reinhardt in English starring Dan Duryea, Mary Anderson, Gordon Gebert

Noir favorite Dan Duryea gives perhaps his greatest performance as a down-on-his-luck alcoholic in Los Angeles who gets word that his wife and daughter have been in a car accident in Chicago. As he waits by the phone for news of their fate, all manner of circumstance conspires to torture him even further, from bill collectors to the phone company to a “helpful” little boy. A minor-key noir-stained classic, made memorable by Duryea’s deeply affecting performance.

Selected Awards

<cite>Desert Fury</cite>

Sat 24 Aug, 2013, 5:00pm

Desert Fury

directed by Lewis Allen starring Lizbeth Scott, Mary Astor, Burt Lancaster

We’re not exactly sure how to classify this movie, except to say that it’s outrageously gay. The homoerotic undercurrent present in many noir films swims deliriously close to the surface in this lush crime melodrama, Will luscious Liz Scott tear apart the special bond shared by gangsters John Hodiak and Wendell Corey? Could Mary Astor really be her Mom, with all that kissing? Just how clueless is beefcake sheriff Burt Lancaster? Must be seen to be believed—and, of course, glorious costumes by Edith Head!

Selected Awards

<cite>Hell Drivers</cite>

Fri 23 Aug, 2013, 6:00pm

Hell Drivers

directed by Cy Endfield in English starring Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins

Join us for the opening night of the Noir City 5 Festival with this gear-grinding masterpiece!

Selected Awards

<cite>High Tide</cite>

Mon 26 Aug, 2013, 7:30pm

High Tide

directed by John Reinhardt in English starring Lee Tracy, Don Castle, Julie Bishop

Be here for the resurrection of a lost B classic, featuring one of the wildest flashback devices ever!

Selected Awards

<cite>It Always Rains on Sunday</cite>

Tue 27 Aug, 2013, 7:30pm

It Always Rains on Sunday

directed by Robert Hamer in English starring Googie Withers, Edward Chapman, John McCallum

In the seminal British noir—a precursor to the “”Kitchen Sink” films of the late 1950s—an escaped convict hides out in London’s Bethnal Green, throwing the lives of several downtrodden Londoners into turmoil—especially his now-married former flame (Googie Withers), who hides him in her bedroom. An extraordinary depiction of postwar London, evocatively rendered by cinematographer Douglas Slocombe and director Hamer.

Selected Awards

<cite>Leave Her to Heaven</cite>

Sat 24 Aug, 2013, 7:30pm

Leave Her to Heaven

directed by John Stahl starring Cornell Wilde, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price

Don’t let the vivid Technicolor fool you—this big budget melodrama is black at the core, as perverse and malignant as any film got in the 1940s. A novelist (Cornell Wilde) meets gorgeous Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) on a train. They fall in love and marry—and soon there is hell to pay. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Tierney is the embodiment of a distinctly feminine psychopathology. Featuring the majestic cinematography of Oscar-winner Leon Shamroy. With Jeanne Crain and Vincent Price.

Selected Awards


Sat 24 Aug, 2013, 2:30pm


directed by Henry Hathaway

“Niagara Falls and Marilyn Monroe—The Two Most Electrifying Sights in the World!” screamed the studio’s ads for this sexually charged Technicolor noir. Monroe is a too-hot-to-handle wife who enflames her husband’s jealousy during a vacation at the famous falls . . . with murderous results. Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, and one of the world’s majestic natural wonders all play second fiddle to Marilyn, whose larger-than-life allure still leaps off the screen 60 years after this film was originally released.

Selected Awards

<cite>Night and the City</cite>

Tue 27 Aug, 2013, 5:00pm

Night and the City

directed by Jules Dassin in English starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers

Perhaps the most baroque and bleak film noir of them all.

Selected Awards

<cite>Night Has a Thousand Eyes</cite>

Wed 28 Aug, 2013, 5:00pm

Night Has a Thousand Eyes

directed by John Farrow in English starring Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund

A lost noir returns to the big screen! In this supernaturally-tinged noir, Edward G. Robinson stars as a man cursed with the ability to predict the future—can he keep Fate from destroying those close to him? John Farrow, a director at his most stylish in noir terrain, adapts from the novel by master of suspense Cornell Woolrich.

Co-starring Gail Russell and John Lund.

Universal Pictures struck this new print exclusively for Noir City! Not on DVD!

Selected Awards

<cite>The Other Woman</cite>

Sun 25 Aug, 2013, 5:00pm

The Other Woman

directed by Hugo Haas starring Hugo Haas, Cleo Moore

When megalomaniacal film director Walter Darman (Hugo Haas) fires no-talent actress Sherry Stewart (Cleo Moore) from his latest artistic opus, the shamed sexpot schemes revenge!

<cite>Repeat Performance</cite>

Sun 25 Aug, 2013, 7:30pm

Repeat Performance

directed by Alfred Werker in English starring Joan Leslie, Richard Basehart

Consider it the film noir version of It’s a Wonderful Life.

Selected Awards

<cite>Sleep, My Love</cite>

Thu 29 Aug, 2013, 7:30pm

Sleep, My Love

directed by Douglas Sirk starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, George Coulouris, Robert Cummings

A film noir directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Buddy Rogers, and presented by Mary Pickford? Nope, you’re not dreaming, but lovely and wealthy Alison Courtland (Claudette Colbert) is. She’s been sleepwalking at night and, according to her seemingly attentive husband Richard (Don Ameche), taking potshots at him. During the days she’s hallucinating about a malevolent psychiatrist (George Coulouris). But a handsome new acquaintance, Bruce Elcott (Robert Cummings) believes in her sanity and suspects her husband of foul play. Can he convince Alison before it’s too late? Featuring Keye Luke, Raymond Burr, Queenie Smith and Hazel Brooks.

Selected Awards

<cite>Street of Chance</cite>

Thu 29 Aug, 2013, 5:00pm

Street of Chance

directed by Jack Hively in English starring Burgess Meredith, Claire Trevor, Louise Platt

Finally! The very first adaptation of a Woolrich suspense novel returns to the big screen in a brand new 35mm print! A man loses his memory after being struck by a falling beam; as he struggles to piece his life together he realizes he’s lived the preceding year as another person! Is it all a tortured twist of fate—or a sinister, calculated plot? Burgess Meredith stars as the beleaguered amnesia victim, with noir stalwart Claire Trevor providing support—or is she?

Special thanks to Universal Pictures for this new 35mm preservation print. NOT ON DVD!

Selected Awards

<cite>Sunset Boulevard</cite>

Sun 25 Aug, 2013, 2:30pm

Sunset Boulevard

directed by Billy Wilder in English starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim

Hack screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) is coaxed with lavish gifts into writing a script to revive the faded career of silent-film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), who lives in total obscurity revisiting the past with her former partner-turned-butler Max (Erich von Stroheim). But Norma’s delusions have a dangerous edge, and Joe’s not exactly a careful man.

Selected Awards

<cite>Try and Get Me!</cite>

Fri 23 Aug, 2013, 8:30pm

Try and Get Me!

directed by Cy Endfield in English starring Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges

The true story of a shocking 1934 kidnapping and murder provided the inspiration for one of the most compelling—and unjustly neglected—masterpieces of noir.

Selected Awards

<cite>Violent Saturday</cite>

Sat 24 Aug, 2013, 9:30pm

Violent Saturday

directed by Richard Fleischer starring Victor Mature, Sylvia Sidney, Lee Marvin

Film noir gets the lavish mid-Fifties treatment—vibrant color and Cinemascope—in this adaptation of W. B. Heath’s classic caper novel. Three strangers arrive in a small town with a plan to rob the local bank come the weekend. Their lives unexpectedly entwine with a number of the town’s residents during the run-up to the robbery. Victor Mature and Sylvia Sidney head a terrific cast that features Lee Marvin, Steven McNally and J. Carroll Naish as the criminal trio. It’s a ’50s soap opera with a crime thriller spine, and a vivid time-capsule of mid-Century Americana.

Selected Awards

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