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Evil Invades Castro
by Tom Mayer
Cry Danger, a tale of redemption, shows in a restored print. photo courtesy RKO Radio Pictures
The city made famous by noir - before switching to psychedelic colors - welcomes the world's largest noir festival from January 22 to the 31, under the provocative banner "Lust and Larceny." Steal a kiss, baby!
The 8th Annual Film Noir Festival will feature the Film Noir Foundation's latest preservation project, a gorgeous print of the 1951 classic "Cry Danger." Much of the funding for the restoration came from last year's festival, and "Cry" joins "The Prowler," of the same year (1951) as another neglected noir saved by the FNF and the UCLA Film/TV Archive. The next will be announced at the festival.
Programmer Anita Monga, of recent Silent Film Fest fame, didn't have to reach too far for this year's theme, "Lust and Larceny:" one, the other or both usually propel noir plots.
"We've assembled 24 films, a mix of established classics and incredibly rare titles, and pair them in double bills emblematic of this year's theme," Monga says. Cofounder Eddie Muller adds, "Our goal is not only to save films, but to maintain, for as long as we can, the communal experience of going to the movies - as it was when these films were first screened."
The festival will be held, as usual, at the palatial Castro Theatre. See
Posted on Jan 09, 2010 - 10:23 AM