The schedule for the 15th Annual Noir City Festival in Hollywood was announced at the end of last week!
This year's festival opens on Friday, April 5th, and runs 13 nights, ending on Sunday, April 21st.
As usual, the festival will be held at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with the exception of a 3D double bill scheduled for the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Saturday, April 20th.
My husband and I have tickets for opening night; I can't quite believe I'm going to watch the ultra-intense TRY AND GET ME (1950) again so soon after seeing it at UCLA, but I wanted to be there for the first evening of the festival, as I have been for the last couple of years, and I especially want to see the second film of the night, HELL DRIVERS (1957), on a big screen. HELL DRIVERS has an amazing cast including Patrick McGoohan, Sean Connery, Stanley Baker, David McCallum, William Hartnell (DR. WHO), Herbert Lom, Gordon Jackson (UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS), Peggy Cummins, and Jill Ireland. Like TRY AND GET ME, it was directed by Cy Endfield.
On April 6th the double bill is SUNSET BLVD. (1950) and THE OTHER WOMAN (1954); the latter film stars Cleo Moore. I'm not likely to attend that evening, but I've ordered tickets for Sunday, April 7th, when I'm really looking forward to the chance to see REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1947) one more time, followed by the fantastic opportunity to see HE WALKED BY NIGHT (1948) on a big screen.
I'm sure I'll be attending several other nights, though plans aren't yet finalized; several of the titles below are absolute "musts" for me to see on a big screen, including a brand-new print struck for the festival of the haunting Cornell Woolrich story NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES; APPOINTMENT WITH A SHADOW, directed by actor Richard Carlson; Zachary Scott in GUILTY BYSTANDER; and THE KILLERS, which I've never seen. How great to watch it for the first time in 35mm!
Here's the second two weeks of the schedule, with links provided to past reviews at this site:
*HOUSE BY THE RIVER (1950) and SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR (1948) on April 10th
*THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN (1958) and CITY ACROSS THE RIVER (1949) on April 11th
*STREET OF CHANCE (1942) and NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (1948) on April 12th
*HIGH TIDE (1947) and CHICAGO CALLING (1951) on April 13th
*APPOINTMENT WITH A SHADOW (1957) and GUILTY BYSTANDER (1950) on the 14th
*CRY OF THE CITY (1948) and THE KILLERS (1946) on April 17th
*THE UNDERCOVER MAN (1949) and SO DARK THE NIGHT (1948) on April 18th
*NATIVE SON (1951) and NO WAY OUT (1950) on April 19th
*MAN IN THE DARK (1953) and INFERNO (1953), both shown in 3D at the Aero Theatre on April 20th
*ROAD HOUSE (1948) on closing night, April 21st
After the Noir City Festival ends, there are still more great movies ahead for classic film fans in Southern California, as the TCM Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood April 25th through 28th.
Posts on past Noir City Festivals: First Preview of 14th Annual Noir City Film Festival; Schedule Announced for Noir City 14 in Hollywood; Final Week of Noir City 14 Schedule Announced; A Visit to the 14th Annual Noir City Film Festival (2012); A Visit to the 13th Noir City Film Festival (2011); A Visit to the Noir City Film Festival (2010).
April 3 Update: Susan King has more on the festival at the Los Angeles Times.