Noir City 7: Best Essay
San Francisco Bay Guardian critic Max Goldberg has written what I think is the best essay to come out of Noir City 7 – Late Edition posted on his text of light blog:
“… The newsroom is as much a part of noir’s topography as the police station, boxing ring or nightclub. Deadline-U.S.A. (1952), Scandal Sheet (1952), The Big Clock (1948), While the City Sleeps (1956): the titles bow to the newspaper’s ubiquitous pulse by slinging shop-talk into nighthawk poetry. The press curries a surplus of centralized power in this cycle of films, exerting a primary influence over the whole urban mechanism…”
Noir City 7: Reports from Alexander Coleman
Noir fan and erudite film blogger Alexander Coleman has posted at Coleman’s Corner in Cinema some outstanding reports from and reviews of noirs screened at Frisco’s Castro Theatre at Noir City 7, including:
- Shakedown (1950)
- Night Editor (1946)
- Slightly Scarlet (1956)
- Dispatches from Noir City 7
- Deadline-USA (1952)
These posts and other noir reviews are also hosted at Dark City Dame’s Noirish City.
Noir City 7: Report by Hell on Frisco Bay
Brian from Hell on Frisco Bay in his report on Noir City has a lot of interesting news on upcoming noir-related events and impressions of some of the noirs screened this year. Particularly exciting news is his report that Eddie Muller is working on an international noir series, and that while Muller was in Buenos Aires to meet the archivists who made last summer’s announcement of rediscovered footage lost from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, he came across a trove of Argentine films from the 1930s made by the great noir cinematographer John Alton.
From The Vaults of Universal: Seven Classic Films Noir
Starting Monday February 16, the Heights Theatre in Minneapolis is screening a short series of classic films noir:
February 16 7:30pm This Gun For Hire (1942)
February 23 7:30pm Criss Cross (1949) | 9:15pm The Killers (1946)
March 2 7:30pm The Big Clock (1948)
March 9 7:30pm The Blue Dahlia (1946) | 9:15pm The Glass Key (1942)
March 16 7:30pm The Phantom Lady (1944)
Jean-Pierre Melville, Director: Notes on the French Auteur’s Career
This month’s edition of Bright Lights Film Journal features an article by Garry Morris on Melville, whose noirs include Bob le Flambeur, Le Doulos, Le Samourai, & The Red Circle .
Robert Ryan: A Moon for the Misbegotten
This month’s edition of Bright Lights also features an article by Dan Callahan on noir icon Robert Ryan.
Lost Anthony Manne B-Noir to be Restored
Eddie Muller announced at Noir City 7 that The Film Noir Foundation together with the UCLA Film and Television Archive will restore Anthony Mann’s lost 1944 b-noir Strangers in the Night. When I read this I was thunderstruck – I have this movie recorded from somewhere and have never watched it! You now know which movie I have lined up next for viewing…