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NOIR CITY 2017: a bang up final weekend

I’ve been recommending  the Noir City film fest, underway in San Francisco and running through Sunday. Noir City is the annual festival of the Film Noir Foundation, spearheaded by its founder and president Eddie Muller. The Foundation preserves movies from … Continue reading

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NOIR CITY: the great San Francisco festival of film noir

I always look forward to the Noir City film fest, which gets underway in San Francisco this week. Noir City is the annual festival of the Film Noir Foundation, spearheaded by its founder and president Eddie Muller. The Foundation preserves … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: FRANK & LOLA – Bad Girl or Troubled Girl?

The absorbing neo-noir romance Frank & Lola opens with a couple lovemaking for the first time – and right away there’s a glimmer that he’s more invested than she is.  Soon we’re spirited from Vegas to Paris and back again … Continue reading

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THE LINEUP: cool killer, volcanic killer, careening thru San Francisco

The 1958 film noir The Lineup plays this Saturday, July 30, on Turner Classic Movies. The villains and the final chase scene are unforgettable, as are the movie’s iconic San Francisco locations.  It’s one of my Overlooked Noirs. Two gangsters … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: THE BURGLARS

This week’s Stream of the Week comes from The Movie Gourmet’s list of Overlooked Noir. The Burglar (1957) is known primarily as the movie debut of Jayne Mansfield, but it’s a fine film noir. It starts out with a tense … Continue reading

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ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS: his alibi for one murder is another murder

Tomorrow night, July 24, Turner Classic Movies presents the groundbreaking French noir Elevator to the Gallows.  It’s one of my Overlooked Noir. Elevator to the Gallows (1958) is such a groundbreaking film, you can argue that it’s the first of … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: HIS KIND OF WOMAN – he knows the deal is too good

Here’s a selection from my list of Overlooked Noir – His Kind of Woman. Robert Mitchum plays a down-and-out gambler who is offered a deal that MUST be too good to be true; he’s smart enough to be suspicious and … Continue reading

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TCM’s “Summer of Darkness” – a treasure for fans of film noir

Turner Classic Movies has announced a CAN’T MISS summer film noir series.  The “Summer of Darkness” will be hosted by Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller – the Czar of Noir. Here’s the complete schedule. TCM will be presenting 24 … Continue reading

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WOMAN ON THE RUN – a sassy gal in 1950 San Francisco

On Friday night, June 5, Turner Classic Movies is presenting one of my Overlooked Noir, in its wonderful film noir series Summer of Darkness.   The character-driven thriller Woman on the Run (1950)  is notable for its San Francisco locations, … Continue reading

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The first Orange Is the New Black – coming up on TV

Want to see the prototype for Orange Is the New Black? On September 6, Turner Classic Movies airs the 1950 Caged. Eleanor Parker (who died last year) played the naive young woman plunged into a harsh women’s prison filled with … Continue reading

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