FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 16, 2001
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115
*See Changes made to the schedule since the press release went out on April 20, 2001
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS
THE 3RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR
In-person appearances include: actresses Jan Sterling, Virginia Mayo, Audrey Totter, Joan Leslie, Margaret Kerry; actors Marc Lawrence, Jeff Corey; screenwriter Stanley Rubin; and producer Bert Granet
May 11-27, 2001
HOLLYWOOD The American Cinematheque presents SIDE STREETS AND BACK ALLEYS: THE 3rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR (May 11-27, 2001). More than 60 years after it began, in the pulp magazines and expressionistic, doom-laden thrillers and crime movies of the 1930s and 1940s, Film Noir continues to cast its wicked spell on us. Following on the success of last years Noir Fest, weve combed through studio archives and forgotten film depots like Dick Powell in MURDER MY SWEET, to bring you even more phenomenally rare treats for this years series. Revisit classic thrillers like THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, THE KILLERS and HANGOVER SQUARE. Explore long-lost gems like UNDER THE GUN, SHAKEDOWN, BURY ME DEAD and REPEAT PERFORMANCE. Marvel at the Poverty Row madness of THE GANGSTER, SUSPENSE, and the delirious DECOY (one of the amazing discoveries of last years Fest, back for a return engagement!) There will be a Special Seminar & Book signing on Saturday, May 26th with author and Fest co-programmer Eddie Muller and an all-star cast of femmes fatales including Jane Greer, Audrey Totter, Coleen Gray, Ann Savage and Evelyn Keyes, to celebrate the publication of Mullers new noir book, Dark City Dames. All screening are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Graumans Hollywood Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.
Friday, May 11, 2001
The Friday, May 11th program begins at 7:00 PM with THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950, MGM (Warner Classics), 112 min.). With Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore and Jean Hagen. The kingpin of caper films, featuring one of the best ensemble casts ever. Director John Huston's neo-realist take on the ambitions of small-time hoods brought a new level of empathy and authenticity to crime - that "left-handed form of human endeavor." Famous as the film that introduced Marilyn Monroe, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE deserves renewed recognition as a crucial work of noir Americana. Discussion following with actor Marc Lawrence [schedule permitting]. James Whitmore will not be able to come to the screening as was previously announced.
Following at 9:45 PM is HANGOVER SQUARE (1945, 20th Century Fox, 77 min.) Dir. John Brahm. Perhaps the best 1940s thriller that no one has ever seen. Laird Cregar is memorable as a Victorian-era composer beset with blackouts. Is he also a marauding murderer? His passion for luscious singer Linda Darnell inspires betrayal, revenge - and the climactic "Concerto Macabre," one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most thrilling pieces of music.
Saturday, May 12, 2001
The Saturday, May 12th program begins at 6:00 PM with THE LOCKET (1946, RKO (Warners), 85 min.). This dazzling and dizzying psychological drama was director John Brahm's intricate follow-up to HANGOVER SQUARE. Hollywood's newfound infatuation with flashbacks is fully realized as a groom hears myriad wedding-day tales of his bride's troubled past. Laraine Day is fabulous as the woman whose childhood obsession for a prized locket is at the heart of the unraveling mystery. Producer Bert Granet will appear for discussion following the screening.
Following at 8:30 PM is an Ultra-Rare Monogram Double-Feature starting with THE GANGSTER (1947, Monogram (Warners), 84 min.). Dir. Gordon Wiles. Barry Sullivan gives an intense performance as Shubunka, a two-bit, paranoid Scarface trying to stave off elimination by the encroaching syndicate. This Poverty Row product compresses the rise-and-fall gangster scenario into a moody bit of noir theater, bolstered by a supporting cast that blasts its way through the stylized dialogue of uncredited scripter Dalton Trumbo. Co-starring ice skater turned actress Belita. Next on the same bill is SUSPENSE (1946, Monogram (Warners), 101 min.). With Barry Sullivan. A high point for low-rent Monogram Pictures. Writer Philip Yordan and director Frank Tuttle cram as much punch and panache into this Cain-inspired tale of lust and murder as the paltry budget allowed. There are as many loops and spins to the plot as there are in co-star Belita's show-stopping ice skating routines.
Sunday, May 13, 2001
The Sunday, May 13th program begins at 5:00PM with CAGED (1949, Warner Bros., 96 min.). Dir. John Cromwell. Eleanor Parker gives the performance of her career in this bleak, unsentimental women-behind-bars saga. Sentenced to prison for her role in the failed robbery that killed her husband, Marie Allen (Parker) undergoes a degrading transformation from vulnerable innocent to cynical prostitute. Writer Virginia (T-MEN) Kellogg's script was informed by months of research "on the inside." Discussion following with actress Jan Sterling.
Following at 7:30 PM is a John Alton Double-Feature starting with TALK ABOUT A STRANGER (1952, MGM (Warner Classics), 65 min.). Dir. David Bradley. A tightly-wound tale of suspicion and mob violence, made all the more forceful by the brilliant camera work of noir visionary John Alton. In this unsettling twist on The Boy Who Cried Wolf, young Billy Gray tries to convince his small town neighbors that a reclusive stranger has poisoned his dog - and may be a murderer in hiding. Next on the same bill is THE CROOKED WAY (1949, United Artists, 87 min.). Dir. Robert Florey. The familiar postwar noir tale of an amnesiac veteran foraging through his past gets an extra dose of seductive intrigue from the cinematography of John Alton. John Payne foggily navigates the L.A. underworld, rekindling things with old flame Ellen Drew and igniting hostilities with former cronie Sonny Tufts.
Thursday, May 17, 2001
The Thursday, May 17th program begins at 7:30 PM with BURY ME DEAD (1947, JED Films, 71 min.). The somber aftermath of a woman's death is considerably enlivened when the "deceased" (June Lockhart) shows up at her own funeral. Who's really dead, and why? That's the mystery of this little-seen gem from Poverty Row studio PRC, photographed by the great John Alton, and directed by the man who brought him to Hollywood, Bernard Vorhaus (the same team responsible for THE SPIRITUALIST, one of the major discoveries of last years Noir Fest).
Friday, May 18 , 2001
The Friday, May 18th program begins at 7:30 PM with a Monogram Noir Double-Header featuring
DECOY (1946, Monogram, 76 min.). Dir. Jack Bernhard. This film caused such a sensation at last year's Film Noir Fest that we've brought it back - just to see the jaws of dumbfounded viewers drop once again! Jean Gillie plays the most whacked-out femme fatale of them all in this deliriously impoverished crime drama. Writer Stanley Rubin will attempt to explain, post-screening, what the hell this was all about ...!
Next on the same bill is VIOLENCE (1947, Monogram, 72 min.). DECOY writer Stanley Rubin and director Jack Bernhard are at it again in this frantic Monogram offering about a female tabloid reporter mixing it up with jilted lovers, angry vets, homefront fascists, jaunty g-men - and sudden bouts of amnesia! A rambunctious example of Poverty Row at its best. Discussion following with screenwriter Stanley Rubin.
Saturday, May 19, 2001
The Saturday, May 19th program begins at 5:00 PM with WHITE HEAT (1949, Warner Bros., 114 min.). Incredible direction by Raoul Walsh makes this, flat-out, one of the most electrifying crime thrillers ever made. Mama's boy Cody Jarrett is the quintessential Jimmy Cagney performance, an invigorating example of a star's titanic personality merging with the fiction to create an unforgettable character. The stellar supporting cast includes Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Steve Cochran, and Margaret Wycherly as "Ma." If you've never seen the explosive climax on a big screen, here's your chance! Discussion following with actress Virginia Mayo.
Following at 8:00 PM is THE WELL (1951, Wade Williams, 85 min.). Dirs. Leo Popkin and Russell Rouse. Small town sheriff Richard Rober confronts an all-out race riot when drifter Henry Morgan is accused of killing a young black girl. Unknown to the town's warring factions, the girl is trapped at the bottom of an abandoned well. Eschewing the preachy sanctimony of Hollywood "message pictures," this is a gritty, nerve-jangling noir that deftly handles its socially-conscious theme.
Sunday, May 20, 2001
The Sunday, May 20th program begins at 5:00 PM with LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1946, 20th Century Fox, 111 min.). Dir. John Stahl. Exhibit A in the argument that film noir isn't always black and white. Don't let the stunningly lush Technicolor fool you - this big-budget soap opera has the blackest of hearts and is as perverse and malignant as it got in the Forties. Novelist Cornell Wilde falls for gorgeous Gene Tierney, but has no idea of the darkness lurking behind those emerald eyes. A rare chance to see Leon Shamroy's Oscar-winning cinematography on the big screen.
Following at 7:30 PM is THE SECOND WOMAN (1951, Wade Williams, 91 min.). Dir. James V. Kern. "Lonely mansion noir" could be a genre all to itself, and this is one of the best. Robert Young plays an architect haunted by guilt over the accidental death of his fiancée. Madness slowly seeps inside his spectacular home on the California cliffs - but, of course, nothing is as it seems.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
The Wednesday, May 23rd program begins at 7:30 PM with a Double-Feature starting with HE RAN ALL THE WAY (1951, MGM/UA, 78 min.). Dir. John Berry. John Garfield's final film role, and one of his best. He talks a young woman (Shelley Winters) into inviting him home for dinner -- but he takes her family hostage once they realize he's wanted for a cop-killing. The daughter falls for him anyway, seeing a kindred spirit who only wants to escape tenement life. Taut and claustrophobic, with superb performances and bold cinematography by James Wong Howe. Next on the same bill is a brand new 35 mm. print of THE BROTHERS RICO (1957, Columbia (Sony), 92 min.). Pulp cinema meister Phil Karlson adapts George Simenons novel in the terse, hardboiled style weve grown to expect from the director who gave us 99 RIVER STREET and KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL . Reluctant mob accountant and family man Richard Conte postpones his retirement from the gang in an attempt to save his two brothers whove been marked for death. With James Darren, Kathryn Grant.
Friday, May 25, 2001
The Friday, May 25th program begins at 7:30 PM with a "Lost" Universal Noir Double-Header featuring
UNDER THE GUN (1950, Universal, 83 min.). One of the most elusive of all film noirs, finally rediscovered: Richard Conte and Audrey Totter head a Grade-A cast in a gangster saga set on a prison work farm. Totter recalls it being a "terrific picture." Be here when this one unspools in the first theatrical screening in four decades! From director Ted Tetzlaff, who helmed the excellent THE WINDOW. Next on the same bill is SHAKEDOWN (1950, Universal, 80 min.) This ones so rare that our screening is like a second premiere! Howard Duff plays a Weegee-like tabloid photographer caught up in a blackmail scheme that gets him in dutch with the mob. Costarring Brian Donlevy and Lawrence Tierney. One of the first films directed by Joe Pevney, one of the most recognizable noir character actors of the era (BODY & SOUL, THIEVES HIGHWAY). Discussion between films with UNDER THE GUN actress Audrey Totter (schedule permitting.)
Saturday, May 26, 2001
On Saturday, May 26th from 2:00-4:00 PM the Cinematheque will host a seminar and book signing for Dark City Dames, noir expert Eddie Muller's latest work, which explores the lives and careers of six of Hollywood's original femmes fatales. Participating in the event will be noir icons Jane Greer, Audrey Totter, Coleen Gray, Ann Savage, and Evelyn Keyes. (Marie Windsor, sadly, died last December.) This may be the only opportunity for film noir fans to have a copy of Dark City Dames signed by all five actresses!
Following at 5:00 PM is REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1947, JED Films, 93 min.). Dir. Alfred Werker. A rare theatrical screening of a virtually forgotten classic. On New Year's Eve, a Broadway actress (Joan Leslie) murders her two-timing husband. But a mysterious friend grants her the chance to relive the previous year, to correct the mistakes that led to tragedy. Will there be a . . . repeat performance? The film for which director Alfred (HE WALKED BY NIGHT) Werker should be remembered. Discussion following with actress Joan Leslie.
Following at 7:30 PM is a Jeff Corey Double-Feature starting with THE KILLERS (1946, Universal, 105 min.). With Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond OBrien, Jeff Corey. It's sometimes called the CITIZEN KANE of film noir: it starts with the end a death -- and backtracks through interweaving stories to reveal the lies and betrayals that led to the opening scene. The script by Anthony Veiller (with uncredited help from John Huston) takes the first 10 minutes from Hemingway's short story and then spirals into the noir netherworld Robert Siodmak depicted better than any other director. Next on the same bill is CANON CITY (1948, 82 min.). With Scott Brady, Jeff Corey, Whit Bissell. A gripping jailbreak yarn that's the crowning achievement of an eccentric Hollywood independent director Crane Wilbur who was obsessed with making prison movies. This one is based on an actual 1947 bust-out; the first half is presented in classic 'semidocumentary" style. Once the cons are loose, cameraman John Alton takes over, turning their escape and ensuing manhunt into a stark noir nightmare. Discussion between films with actors Jeff Corey and Margaret Kerry.
Sunday, May 27, 2001
The Sunday, May 27th program begins at 5:00 PM with an Overlooked & Underrated Andrew Stone Double-Feature starting with CRY TERROR (1958, MGM (Warner Classics), 96 min.). If you enjoyed HIGHWAY 301 in last years Noir Fest, here are two more gems from director Andrew Stone. Plausibility gets bulldozed in this diabolical "mad bomber" caper, in which Rod Steiger forces suburbanite James Mason to assist in an elaborate extortion scheme. Inger Stevens is the stalwart wife held captive by a smarmy crew of henchmen (Jack Klugman, Angie Dickinson and a vile Neville Brand). Exciting location photography in and around 1950s New York. Next on the same bill is THE STEEL TRAP (1952, 85 min.). Another spring-wound suspenser from the criminally under-valued Andrew L. Stone. He wrote and directed this riveting tale of a light-fingered bank clerk (Joseph Cotten) whose heavy conscience forces him to attempt a daring after-hours RETURN of the cash he's lifted from the vault! Teresa Wright tries to help him back to the straight and narrow, before he's exposed as the thief.
Changes to American Cinematheques FILM NOIR Schedule (May 11-May 27) are listed below.
The information listed here is an update to the press release that went out on April 18, 2001.
The following films will start at the time listed below: (Please disregard any old information you may have. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 115 I if you would like the full press release faxed to you.
May 17 BURY ME DEAD starts at 7:30 PM
May 18 DECOY starts at 7:30 PM
May 23 HE RAN ALL THE WAY starts at 7:30 PM
May 25 UNDER THE GUN starts at 7:30 PM
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MOST OF THE FILMS ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) COMMERCIALLY AT LOCAL VIDEOSTORES OR IN OUR OFFICE. SEE LIST BELOW FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE VIDEOTAPES IN OUR OFFICE PLEASE CALL MARGOT GERBER AT 323.461.2020, ext. 115. THANK YOU.
Eddie Brandts Saturday Matinee (Burbank) Walk in only no phone.
Videoactive (2522 Hyperion, Silver Lake 323.669.8544)
Jerry's Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471)
Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100)
Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. -310.312.8836)
Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 310.392.8508)
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (Rocket, Cinefile, Vidiots, Jerrys, VideoActive)
HANGOVER SQUARE (Cinefile, Vidiots, Jerrys, Cinematheque office)
THE GANGSTER (Rocket, Cinefile, Vidiots, Jerrys)
CAGED (Jerrys, Cinematheque office)
BURY ME DEAD (Cinematheque office)
WHITE HEAT (Rocket, Cinefile, Vidiots, Jerrys, VideoActive, Cinematheque office)
LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (Rocket, Cinefile, Vidiots, Jerrys, VideoActive, Cinematheque office)
HE RAN ALL THE WAY (Jerrys)
THE BROTHERS RICO (Cinematheque office)
THE KILLERS (Rocket, Cinefile, Vidiots, Jerrys, VideoActive, Cinematheque office)
CANON CITY (Cinematheque office)
CRY TERROR (Cinefile)
THE STEEL TRAP (Jerrys)
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