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NOIR CITY returns to the Music Box!
Monday, August 25th, 2014

Hey film noir fans,

NOIR CITY: CHICAGO returns to the Music Box, beginning this Friday! The 6th edition of this annual film noir festival is going international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories are a specifically American phenomenon.
Focusing on the years immediately following World War II, this year’s NOIR CITY: CHICAGO fetival features classic noir films from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Britain, as well as a sampling of homegrown Hollywood rarities. The 17 films in the series reveal that the cinematic movement known as Noir spanned the globe, and its style, sexiness and cynicism crossed all international borders. The Film Noir Foundation, co-presenters of the festival with the Music Box, will also be presenting its latest 35mm film restoration, TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949), which Film Noir Foundation president Eric Muller declares, “the best unknown American film noir of the classic era.” Also screening will be the newly struck 35mm print of the tough-as-nails ROADBLOCK (1951). “Our desire to expand the scope of the NOIR CITY festival has resulted in our most ambitious program ever,” says Muller.

Tickets and Festival Passes are on sale now! Each film is part of a double feature and buying a ticket to a feature entitles the holder to the next film of the day as part of the festival. Check below for the full schedule and festival highlights!

Monday, August 25th – Sunday, August 31st, 2014


Too Late for Tears

A film by Byron Haskin starring Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy


A ruthless housewife is determined to keep an ill-gotten satchel of cash, even if it means murder. One of the great noirs of the classic era, long thought lost but now returned to the big screen in a completely restored 35mm print!


Fri, Aug 29 7:00pm

Death of a Cyclist

A film by Juan Antonio Bardem starring Lucia Bose and Alberto Closas


An adulterous couple—wealthy socialite and university professor—hit a cyclist on their way back from an illicit tryst. Fearing exposure of the affair, they leave the man to die. Gradually the noose tightens around them. A Cannes festival winner, starring Lucia Bose and Alberto Closas.


Sat, Aug 30 2:00pm · 9:30pm

Pépé Le Moko

A film by Julien Duvivier starring Jean Gabin


Parisian crook Pépé Le Moko (the legendary Jean Gabin) thrives within Algier’s Casbah, where the locals protect him from the police. But a canny cop uses romance as the bait when Pépé falls for a beautiful tourist. Exhibit A in the argument that the French were the first to do “Noir.”


Sun, Aug 31 2:00pm

The Black Vampire

A film by Román Viñoly Barreto starring Olga Zubarry


This clever “feminist” reworking of Fritz Lang’s classic M focuses on the mothers of children stalked by a deranged pedophile. Virtually unknown outside Argentina, and presented onscreen in the U.S. for the first time ever, in a new 35mm print! Starring the radiant Olga Zubarry.


Thu, Sep 4 7:00pm

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