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Noir City: Chicago 7 at the Music Box! Aug 28-Sept 3
Monday, August 24th, 2015

Hey Film Fans,

Noir City returns to the Music Box for a seventh great year! Co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation, we have a week of classic and underseen noirs as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen.

Among the offerings at Noir City: Chicago 7 are tributes to genre heavyweights like Robert Ryan, Barbara Stanwyck & Dan Duryea, and acclaimed authors Cornell Woolrich & Dorothy B. Hughes. We’ll also be showcasing Edwardian Noir, a special Saturday night of Argentinian Noir, and as always, new 35mm restorations!

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.

See you at the movies

Monday, August 24th – Sunday, August 30th, 2015

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Woman on the Run

A film by Norman Foster starring Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe


New FNF 35mm Restoration!
Witness the resurrection of one of great forgotten noir films! San Franciscan Frank Johnson disappears after witnessing a gangland killing. Police think his wife Eleanor (Ann Sheridan) will lead them to her husband, but she never wants to see him again. Enter newspaperman Danny Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe), who charms Mrs. Johnson with stunning and poignant results. Gorgeously restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding from the Film Noir Foundation and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust.


No Abras Nunca esa Puerta / Si Muero Antes di Despertar

A film by Carlos Hugo Christensen


FNF 35mm Preservations!
Be here for an incredibly rare screening of this stunning Argentine anthology film, adapted from three short stories by noir master Cornell Woolrich. With brilliant camerawork by Pablo Trabernero, this is breathtaking noir every bit as good as the Hollywood variety. Originally conceived by its makers as a single film, the titles were released separately. The FNF is presenting them as a unified whole, in newly struck prints with—for the first time ever—English subtitles.



A film by Sam Wood starring Joan Fontaine, Patric Knowles, Herbert Marshall


35mm Archival Print!
Joan Fontaine obliterated her innocent screen persona with this portrayal of Ivy Lexton, an Edwardian femme fatale who beneath the bows and bustle is one of the most calculating bitches in the history of film noir. Sam Wood’s stately direction is abetted by the bold production design of William Cameron Menzies and the dark shadows of Russell Metty’s exceptional cinematography.


The Racket

A film by John Cromwell starring Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan


A pair of film noir heavyweights—Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan—square off in this elemental cops and robbers saga, a postwar film noir update of the silent 1929 gangland drama by Bartlett Cormack. Noir favorite Lizabeth Scott is along for the bumpy ride, caught between the cops, crooks and corrupt politicians vying for control of the city. Sam Fuller wrote the first draft, deemed to incendiary for studio boss Howard Hughes, and Nicholas Ray (among others) directed added scenes to pump up the violence.


Witness To Murder

A film by Roy Rowland starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill


This distaff version of Rear Window (released before the Hitchcock classic) stars Barbara Stanwyck as an independent career woman who watches neighbor George Sanders strangle a victim in his swanky digs. It’s the word of a single woman against that of a renowned author (and closet Nazi)—so guess who the LAPD believes?? Featuring the chiaroscuro camerawork of noir’s master shadow-meister, John Alton.


Criss Cross

A film by Robert Siodmak starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea


When he died in 1947, producer Mark Hellinger had just begun pre-production on this crime-infected love story. Thanks to the inspired vision of director Siodmak, Criss Cross now reigns as perhaps the most darkly poetic rendering of amour fou in all film noir. Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea plot a daring heist, while vying for the affections of sensual Yvonne DeCarlo. As good as it gets in the classic film noir era!


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