Noir City: Chicago 8

Friday, August 19th – Thursday, August 25th, 2016


Noir City: Chicago returns to the Music Box for the 8th great year, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics!

<cite>Miller’s Crossing</cite>


Fri 19 Aug

Miller’s Crossing

directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen in English starring Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden

With special guest Jon Polito in person!

Joel and Ethan Coen’s brilliant, atmospheric tribute to 1930s gangster melodramas is full to the brim with venomous one-liners and a catalog of characters worthy of any pre-WWII James Cagney/Warner Bros. picture. Bitter Gabriel Byrne is adviser to sentimental but tough gang boss Albert Finney in a small Northeastern town. But their complacently corrupt burg is about to erupt in violence when nouveau-riche newcomer Jon Polito and his merciless, grim reaper of an enforcer (J.E. Freeman) make a play for the big time. The supporting cast – including Marcia Gay Harden and John Turturro – is superb, all getting to voice some of the most vitriolic dialogue this side of 1957’s Sweet Smell of Success. “The Coens are artists too, and their cool dazzler is an elegy to a day when Hollywood could locate moral gravity in a genre film for grownups.” – Richard Corliss, Time

<cite>Los Tallos Amargos (The Bitter Stems)</cite>


Sat 20 Aug

Los Tallos Amargos (The Bitter Stems)

directed by Fernando Ayala in Spanish starring Carlos Cores, Aída Luz, Julia Sandoval

Presented in a completely restored 35mm print from UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust).

This brilliant noir was lauded in its native country upon release—yet it remains virtually unknown in the rest of the world. Which is a crime, because Los Tallos Amargos is one of the best noir-drenched films of the 1950s—maybe ever. A deep-seated inferiority complex leads a Buenos Aires newspaper reporter (Carlos Cores) into a seemingly innocent correspondence-school scheme with a clever Hungarian ex-pat (Vassili Lambrinos). But as the money flows in, so do suspicions—driving one man to commit the perfect crime.

<cite>Flesh and Fantasy</cite>


Sun 21 Aug

Flesh and Fantasy

directed by Julien Duvivier in English starring Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Boyer, Edward G. Robinson, Thomas Mitchell

Considered one of the greatest French directors (his Pépé le Moko is the virtual template for the “poetic realism” that informed film noir), Duvivier escaped the war years at home by bringing his incredible style to several offbeat Hollywood films of the early 1940s. This anthology of slightly supernatural tales—a proto-Twilight Zone, if you will—features a dazzling cast of stars (Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Boyer, Betty Field, Robert Cummings, Thomas Mitchell) and exceptional camerawork by Stanley Cortez and Paul Ivano.


Festival Passes & Tickets for Opening Night: Miller’s Crossing with Jon Polito are on sale now!
Additional Films & Double Features will be announced at a later date.

Festival Passes are $85 General Admission / $70 for Music Box Members – Only 125 Passes Available!
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Opening Night: Miller’s Crossing tickets are $12 General Admission, $9 for Music Box Members


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Friday, August 19th



Miller’s Crossing

Saturday, August 20th

Los Tallos Amargos (The Bitter Stems)

Sunday, August 21st

Flesh and Fantasy

The Film Noir Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement.

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