Noir City: Chicago 2

Tuesday, July 13th – Friday, August 20th, 2010

 
 

The Music Box and the Film Noir Foundation proudly present a festival of noir double bills in their original 35mm splendor!

 
<cite>Cry Danger</cite>

Cry Danger

directed by Robert Parrish starring Dick Powell

We’re thrilled to present this terrific film, one of the most wicked and witty revenge yarns of the original film noir era, in a brand new restoration courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Dick Powell stars as Rocky Malloy, an ex-con who returns to Los Angeles looking to square up with the gangsters who framed him for a robbery he didn’t commit. Not on DVD! Restored 35mm Print!

<cite>City that Never Sleeps</cite>

City that Never Sleeps

directed by John Auer starring Gig Young

Director John Auer brings to life the tale of a tempted young cop (Gig Young) tangled in a wed of corruption and vice. When an illegal job offer comes across his desk, all of his dreams finally seem within reach. Shot on location in Chicago during the bitter winter of 1952, this unique film is one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite “guilty pleasures.” Ultra-rare Chicago noir! Not on DVD!

<cite>Nightmare Alley</cite>

Nightmare Alley

directed by Edmund Goulding starring Tyrone Power

Tyrone Power has the meatiest role of his career as a carny roustabout who connives his way to the big-time as a “mentalist” preying on the hopes and fears of gullible rubes. Based on the legendary cult novel by William Lindsey Gresham, this prescient tale has assumed ever greater critical status as Gresham’s notions about the cynical exploitation of human nature have become more true, and more televised, than ever before.

<cite>Gun Crazy</cite>

Gun Crazy

directed by Joseph H. Lewis starring John Dall, Peggy Cummins

John Dall stars as a gun-obsessed young man whose aimless existence snaps into deadly focus when he meets carnival sharp-shooter Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins). Loopy, corny, overheated — and a stunning adrenaline rush of creative moviemaking from start to finish, highlighted by several of the most brilliantly directed action sequences ever filmed.

<cite>He Ran All the Way</cite>

He Ran All the Way

directed by John Berry starring John Garfield, Shelley Winters

Small-time hood Nick (John Garfield) reluctantly pulls a stick-up, but when he shoots a cop his life spins out of control. On the run, he cajoles a neighborhood girl (Shelley Winters) into bringing him home — only to take her family hostage. A blistering film created by a cadre of talents on the verge of losing their careers to the blacklist. Not on DVD!

<cite>Drive a Crooked Road</cite>

Drive a Crooked Road

directed by Richard Quine starring Mickey Rooney

Before becoming famous for creating Peter Gunn and the Pink Panther movies, Blake Edwards penned this extraordinary film noir, which casts a fully-grown Mickey Rooney against type as a lovelorn mechanic whose craving for fast cars and a faster woman drives him to sign on as wheelman in a bank robbery. Not on DVD!

<cite>Sudden Fear</cite>

Sudden Fear

directed by David Miller starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame

A playwright (Joan Crawford) falls in love with and marries an actor (Jack Palance) she rejected for one of her plays. Little does she realize he and his girlfriend (Gloria Grahame) are planning to drop the final curtain on her. One of the most suspenseful films of the fifties, featuring Charles Lang’s shadowy on-location cinematography of San Francisco.

<cite>Cry of the City</cite>

Cry of the City

directed by Robert Siodmak starring Victor Mature, Richard Conte

Perhaps the most perfectly realized of Siodmak’s classic American noir films, Cry of the City tells the story of neighborhood pals who tread divergent paths. Victor Mature stays to the right, while buddy Richard Conte runs outside the law. Shot on location in New York, Siodmak creates avividly expressionistic urban nightscape for his operatic tale of “good” and “evil”. Not on DVD!

<cite>Fly by Night</cite>

Fly by Night

directed by Robert Siodmak starring Richard Carlson, Nancy Kelly

Shifting with Hitchcockian aplomb between risque romantic comedy and shadowy suspense, Siodmak stuffs two features’ worth of set pieces into the sprightly 74-minute running time. A team of talented writers keep things brisk and clever, and the chemistry between stars Richard Carlson and Nancy Kelly is more than a little sexy. More screwball than noir, but a delight from start to finish! Not on DVD!

Pricing

Schedule

Friday, August 13th, 2010

5:15pm
Cry Danger
7:30pm
City that Never Sleeps
9:30pm
Cry Danger

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

2:00pm
Nightmare Alley
4:15pm
Gun Crazy
6:15pm
Nightmare Alley
8:45pm
Gun Crazy

Monday, August 16th, 2010

5:30pm
Drive a Crooked Road
7:30pm
Gun Crazy
9:30pm
Drive a Crooked Road

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

5:00pm
Nightmare Alley
7:30pm
He Ran All the Way
9:00pm
Nightmare Alley

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

7:00pm
Sudden Fear

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

5:30pm
Cry of the City
7:30pm
Fly by Night
9:14pm
Cry of the City

Over the past fifty years, film noir has been recognized as a unique example of an organic cinematic movement, one that produced many of the best and most time-tested Hollywood films of the forties and fifties. These tough-as-nails crime stories, told in a distinctly American vernacular but informed by a darkly romantic European visual sensibility, continue to entrance audiences in each successive generation.

The Music Box and the Film Noir Foundation proudly present a festival of noir double bills in their original 35mm splendor. Noted Film Noir experts and Film Noir Foundation board members Alan K. Rode and Foster Hirsch will be on hand to introduce the screenings and lead post-film discussions.

The Film Noir Foundation, created by writer and film historian Eddie Muller, is committed to rescuing and restoring America’s noir heritage. All FNF proceeds from NOIR CITY festivals go to finding and restoring films in danger of being lost or permanently damaged. For information on how you can join the FNF’s campaign, and receive its bimonthly magazine, visit FilmNoirFoundation.org.

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