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Apr 22, 2012

NOIR CITY: 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir Continues in Hollywood - Screening this week at the American Cinematheque - April 23 - 29, 2012

This week at the American Cinematheque, NOIR CITY: THE 14TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR continues at the Egyptian, and Wednesdays with Robert Altman resumes at the Aero.







On top of that though, there are other great free screenings, seminars and guests to make a membership at the American Cinematheque one of the best buys in Los Angeles.

THE EGYPTIAN - 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028




Monday, April 23 - 7:30pm

The Cinematheque kicks off the week (and takes a break from Film Noir) with a free screening for all.

A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY (2001, Starz; Directed by: Spike Lee)




In honor of the 10th Anniversary of this film, this free screening is sponsored by Starz and will feature a live discussion with guests actor-playwrite Roger Guenveur Smith and Producers Steve Adams, Bob L. Johnson and Marc Henry Johnson.

Here is the write-up from the Cinematheque website:

Actor-playwright Roger Guenveur Smith's adaption of his Obie Award-winning solo performance was inspired by the late co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Huey P. Newton. Born in a small town in Louisiana, later moving with his family to Oakland as an infant, Newton grew up to co-found the Black Panther Party, which he led for more than two decades. Director Spike Lee and Smith collaborate for the seventh time to bring to the screen Newton's thoughts, philosophies, history and distinct personality in this Peabody Award-winning film. Smith's monologue, described by the Hollywood Reporter as "simply brilliant", navigates Newton's cinematic stream of consciousness, and is complemented by Lee's signature mix of stock and archival footage. Composer Marc Anthony Thompson augments his original score with the saxophones of Branford Marsalis.

NO TRAILER AVAILABLE.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Tuesday, April 24 - 7:30pm

STONY ISLAND (1978; Directed by: Andrew Davis)




I don't believe this film ever really got full distribution outside of screening at a festival or two, and probably hasn't been screened in ages.  Here it is though at the Egyptian.  Free for members (regular pricing for non-members), there will be a discussion with director Andrew Davis (THE FUGITIVE).

The movie tells the story of a white kid who forms an R&B band that must deal with great obstacles as they try to make their debut.

THE TRAILER:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:30pm

NOIR CITY Continues with a Double feature by Director Anthony Mann (FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, THE NAKED SPUR) 

T-MEN (1947, Eagle-Lion Films; Directed by: Anthony Mann)




One of the best Film Noirs made, Mann's exciting Noir thriller follows the exploits of undercover treasury agents.  Photographed in stark black-and-white by cinematographer John Alton, this movie is one of the most visually interesting in the noir genre.  

I have only seen this movie via a bad VHS print, so would love to see it projected on 35mm like this.

Followed by...

STRANGE IMPERSONATION (1946, Films Around the World; Directed by: Anthony Mann)




Anthony Mann gained a distinction later on in his career as an impressive auteur, and his unique style is definitely on display in this wild and bizarre movie that has a little bit of everything.


A SCENE from T-MEN:





NO TRAILER for STRANGE IMPERSONATION Available.




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, April 26 - 7:30pm

Go to the big house with the American Cinematheque!

CAGED (1950, Warner Bros.; Directed by: John Cromwell)




Eleanor Parker goes to prison for her part in a robbery.  Being meek and mild, prison has a significant effect on her as she has run ins with hardened criminals and not-so-nice guards.  

Known as the "best" women's prison movie ever.  Definitely a must see!

BIG HOUSE USA (1955, MGM; Directed by: Howard Koch)




This movie makes other prison movies seem tame.  This is one cell block you want to avoid as it is filled with hardened criminals and crazed psychopaths who break out of the joint to retrieve a hidden stash of money in a tale loaded with twists and turns.


SEE THE TRAILER FOR CAGED - HERE.


A SCENE FROM BIG HOUSE USA:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Also on Thursday in the smaller SPIELBERG theater at the Egyptian, the Seminars for Filmmakers 2012 series continues with...

OUT WITH THE OLD: REDEFINING GENRE FILMMAKING



It's very tough to make a movie in any genre that doesn't fall into the trap of copying the traits of other films in that particular genre that have come before it.  Here the Cinematheque presents a history of genre filmmaking, as well as a discussion on how to avoid the pratfalls of making a by-the-numbers movie.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, April 27 - 7:30pm

Actor Norman Lloyd is on hand to discuss...

SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Roy Rowland)




Police officer Van Johnson wants to know how his (possibly crooked) partner died, and won't rest until he does.

This film is not available on DVD, so a rare screening indeed.

Followed by...

REIGN OF TERROR (1949, Sony Repertory; Directed by: Anthony Mann)




A different type of noir, Director Anthony Mann again with his ever faithful Cinematographer John Alton (reunited from T-MEN - see above) set this crime thriller during the French Revolution.  No shadowy streets or gumshoes here.


THE TRAILER for SCENE OF THE CRIME:









A SCENE from REIGN OF TERROR:









Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Also on April 27th in the Egyptian's SPIELBERG Theater...

PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE (2011, Dos Vatos Productions; Directed by: Ari Palos)




Director Ari Palos will be on hand to discuss and screen her documentary outlining a fight in Arizona to keep Ethnic studies as a part of a school curriculum.  

Co-sponsored by the Latin Film Foundation.


THE TRAILER:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, April 28 - 2:00pm

You may have gone to re-see James Cameron's TITANIC in 3D, now go to the Cinematheque for a matinee screening of an earlier version of a fateful trip where the passengers do NOT end up on a tropical island for comedic hi jinks.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1958, MGM/Park Circus; Directed by: Roy Ward Baker)




No Leonardo DiCaprio, no Kate Winslet and no Celine Dion song, but still great.  This very emotional movie depicts faithfully the sinking of the Titanic after it struck an iceberg in the Atlantic 100 years ago.

Celebrating the centennial, there will be a discussion about the Titanic hosted by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and WAHA.


A LINK TO THE TRAILER - HERE.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, April 28 - 7:30pm

Actress Julie Adams is on hand to discuss another great Noir pairing.

SLAUGHTER ON 10TH AVENUE (1957, Universal; Directed by: Arnold Laven)




Following in the footsteps of ON THE WATERFRONT, this also covers the territory of corruption on the docks and a whistleblower trying to turn things around.  Sports a great cast as well - Jan Sterling, Dan Duryea, Walter Matthau, Charles McGraw and Sam Levene.

Not available on DVD.

Followed by...

EDGE OF THE CITY (1957, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Martin Ritt)




Director Martin Ritt (HUD) takes us down to the docks again where corruption, violence and racism run rampant. Featuring Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes and Jack Warden.


NO TRAILER for SLAUGHTER ON 10TH AVENUE.


A SCENE from EDGE OF THE CITY:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, April 29 - 7:30pm

Two movies not available on DVD.

JOHNNY O'CLOCK (1947, Sony Repertory; Directed by: Robert Rossen)




An innocent surrounded by gamblers and criminals, a corpse and a casino owner - all regular inhabitants of Noir City here on display in JOHNNY O'CLOCK.  This is Robert Rossen's directorial debut (he also directed one of my favorites of all-time, THE HUSTLER) and the cast boats such names as Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb, Thomas Mitchell and Nina Foch.

Followed by different Johnny...

JOHNNY ALLEGRO (1949, Sony Repertory; Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff)




George Raft goes undercover to a Caribbean island where a bunch of gangsters are hiding out with orders to kill Mr. Big.  Needless to say, it is not an ideal job and things don't go anywhere near as planned.


NO TRAILER for JOHNNY O'CLOCK.


THE TRAILER for JOHNNY ALLEGRO:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thankfully there is still lots more NOIR CITY to screen next week!

THE AERO - 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403




Wednesday, April 25 - 7:30pm

Wednesdays with Robert Altman continues with...

COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (1982, Cinecom; Directed by: Robert Altman)




This film features strong female performances from the likes of Karen Black, Sandy Dennis and Kathy Bates all on hand to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their James Dean fan club, and finding out a lot more about themselves and the relationships and lives than they bargained for.


NO TRAILER AVAILABLE.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, April 26 - 7:30pm

LENNY (1974, MGM/Park Circus; Directed by: Bob Fosse)




Controversial stand-up comic Lenny Bruce is played by Dustin Hoffman in this film by Bob Fosse (if you ever saw ALL THAT JAZZ, the character - seemingly Fosse - played by Roy Scheider is editing a movie that is strangely close to being LENNY).  


THE TRAILER:








Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, April 27 - 7:30pm

Midnight In Paris: A Tribute to Jacques Prévert and Marcel Carné

PARIS LA BELLE (1960, Argo Films; Directed by: Pierre Prévert)




Co-scripted by Jacques Prévert, this short film contrasts Paris from 1928 with that the Paris of 1959.  This movie could easily be screened hand-in-hand with Woody Allen's (in my opinion, great) MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.  

Followed by...

LE JOUR SE LÈVE (1939, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: Marcel Carné)




Jean Gabin plays a foundry worker who locks himself in his apartment and contemplates what led him to commit the act of murder.


A SCENE from LE JOUR SE LÈVE:





Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, April 28 - 7:30pm

Midnight In Paris: A Tribute to Jacques Prévert and Marcel Carné

CHILDREN OF PARADISE (1945, Janus Films; Directed by: Marcel Carné)




CHILDREN OF PARADISE is a must-see movie.  It follows a theater troupe traveling through France and the Mime while succeeding in his professional life, finds his personal life an utter disaster.

On top of it being a great movie, it has been restored so this presentation should look stunning!


THE TRAILER:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, April 29 - 7:30pm

Go ahead...make his day...twice!

HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973, Universal; Directed by Clint Eastwood)




HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER is easily one of my favorite Cllint Eastwood directed westerns.  It has this strange surreal quality that results in a haunting experience that will keep you riveted throughout the entire running time.  

DRIFTER definitely shows off why Eastwood is considered the master director that he is today.

Followed by...

JOE KIDD (1972, Universal; Directed by: John Sturges)




With a screenplay by Elmore Leonard, cinematography by Bruce Surtees and direction by action master John Sturges (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE), JOE KIDD has some creative clout!  

Plot has bounty hunter Clint Eastwood hired by land baron Robert Duvall to track down Mexican leader John Saxon - but as happens many a time, Eastwood finds his allegiance torn between the job he was hired to do and siding with his target.


THE TRAILER for HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER:






THE TRAILER for JOE KIDD:










Link to Information and Tickets HERE.