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Noir City: Chicago 5 at the Music Box!
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Hey Noir film fans,

For the fifth year, Music Box Theatre proudly presents Noir City: Chicago in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation. The annual festival combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics from the post-War film noir heyday. The “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller and noir author-historian Alan K. Rode will be in attendance to host and introduce films. Noir City: Chicago unspools Friday August 23 through Thursday, August 29. Tickets for individual films are $10; double feature tickets are $15; and a Festival Pass is $75 at http://noircitychicago.com

Over seven days, Music Box will screen 17 films noirs that run the gamut from classics like Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard to the long-lost High Tide and criminally overlooked Try and Get Me! starring Lloyd Bridges. Uncharacteristic Technicolor noirs include Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe, the Cinemascope soap opera Violent Saturday with Lee Marvin and the Oscar-nominated Leave Her to Heaven. There’s even a Douglas Sirk film noir, Sleep, My Love. Not available on DVD, three of the films – the Faustian Alias Nick Beal starring Ray Milland; the supernatural Night Has a Thousand Eyes starring Edward G. Robinson; and the amnesiac Street of Chance starring Burgess Meredith – are true rarities, brought back by Universal Pictures in 35mm prints exclusively for Noir City.

Check below for the full schedule and festival highlights.

See you at the movies!

Tuesday, August 13th – Monday, August 19th, 2013


Sunset Boulevard

A film by Billy Wilder 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.


Sun, Aug 25 2:30pm · 9:15pm

Night and the City

A film by Jules Dassin starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers


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

American hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) pinballs through postwar London looking for his big score and ruining myriad lives in the process. The greatness of this film — besides Widmark’s devastating portrayal of a maniacal and pathetic loser — is its stubborn refusal to allow even the tiniest ray of light into Harry’s headlong descent in hell. Featuring Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Herbert Lom, Francis X. Sullivan, Mike Mazurki — and perhaps the ultimate film noir finale.


Tue, Aug 27 5:00pm · 9:15pm


A film by Henry Hathaway


Set against the dramatic backdrop of Niagara Falls, Marilyn Monroe portrays femme fatal Rose. Planning to murder her troubled husband (Joseph Cotton), Rose uses her feminine guiles to drive him to the brink of total insanity, while her mysterious lover waits in the shadows.



Leave Her to Heaven

A film 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.


Sat, Aug 24 7:30pm

Sleep, My Love

A film 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.


Thu, Aug 29 7:30pm

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