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L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy’s Oscar Noir

L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy's Oscar Noir

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Los Angeles is celebrating Film Noir, and I am not complaining. The American Cinematheque launched its 12th annual Film Noir Festival at L.A.’s Egyptian on Friday, and the LAT Magazine’s Noir issue ran Sunday. UPDATE: Eric Kohn reviews Nash Edgerton’s neo-noir, The Square.

The new news: the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater kicks off a 15-film Monday night summer screening series, “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side,” on May 10th with John Huston’s classic The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart. The series will show Oscar-nominated noirs of the 40s accompanied by an intro from “a contemporary screenwriter whose own work reflects the film noir style,” states the Academy, which is adding noir shorts to the programs. Starting May 24 they’ll show new 35 mm prints from the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel.

The schedule is on the jump.

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Here’s the updated Oscar Noir schedule:

May 10
“The Maltese Falcon,” introduced by Lawrence Kasdan
May 17
“Shadow of a Doubt”
May 24
“Laura,” introduced by Scott Frank
June 7
“Double Indemnity,” introduced by Nicholas Meyer
June 14
“Mildred Pierce,” introduced by Callie Khouri
June 21
“The Killers,” introduced by Billy Ray
June 28
“The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” introduced by Robin Swicord
July 12
“The Dark Mirror,” introduced by John August
July 19
“The Blue Dahlia,” introduced by Wesley Strick
July 26
“The Stranger”
August 2
“Body and Soul”
August 9
“Crossfire,” introduced by Brian Helgeland
August 16
“A Double Life”
August 23
“Kiss of Death”
August 30
“White Heat”

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Wow. Rhonda Fleming! One of my favorites. And Richard Erdman! I didn’t know he was still alive. He’s very good in that movie. I haven’t seen CRY DANGER in years; looks like it’s time to dig out my tape of it.


Los Angeles is going crazy for noir! Opening night screening of CRY DANGER at the Egyptian sold out and about 100 people were turned away! Directors Allison Anders and Curtis Hansen came down to see Rhonda Fleming and Richard Erdman (stars of CRY DANGER) in person. Easter Sunday did not daunt crowds who turned out for HOLLYWOOD STORY which was shot on location at the old Chaplin Studios (now Henson on La Brea) and other Hollywood locales. Maybe the overwhelming interest has to do with people longing for representations of themselves onscreen. Sadly we’ve returned to a time of hopelessness and despair. But will some inventive developer bring back the CRY DANGER trailer park overlooking Bunker Hill and make a mint on retro airstreams for rent?

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