SAM has announced this year’s line up of their famous noir cycle! (And Film Forum members, don’t forget you get a discount on tickets!)
As far as I can tell, I don’t see a place online where full film descriptions are posted, so here’s the complete list, compiled with more info as best I could:
After Midnight: The Film Noir Cycle
Moody jazz clubs, black sedans on rainy streets, easy-money schemes, gun smoke and cheap perfume. Life begins after midnight, but sometimes it stops dead. “The granddaddy of the world’s film noir festivals” (Los Angeles Times) celebrates its thirty-third season with an opening-night fancy-cake party immediately after the first film. Remember that “the hottest film series tickets in town” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) sell out fast.
Other films in this series include:
Sept. 30: Secret Beyond the Door
(1948) is a psychological thriller and modern updating of the Bluebeard fairytale, directed by Fritz Lang, produced by Lang’s Diana Productions, and released by Universal Pictures. The film starred Joan Bennett and was produced by her husband Walter Wanger. The black-and-white film noir drama is about a woman who suspects her new husband, an architect, plans to kill her.
Oct. 14: Walk a Crooked Mile
1948, Gordon Douglas. A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation. To investigate the case more efficiently, Dan O’Hara, an FBI agent, and Philip Grayson, a Scotland Yard sleuth, join forces. Will they manage to stop the spy ring from achieving their aim?
Oct. 21: Between Midnight and Dawn
1950, Gordon Douglas. Two big-city police officers, “Rocky” Barnes and Dan Purvis, war veterans and buddies, fall in love with the same girl, Kate Mallory, police secretary. She resists both, at first, but finally falls in love with Barnes. When he is killed the night before their wedding, by an escaped convict the two officers had captured, Ritchie Garris, Purvis carries on a personal vendetta to take vengeance.
Oct. 28: The House on Telegraph Hill
Robert Wise, 1951. Victoria has survived Nazi concentration by assuming the identity of one who died there. She arrives in San Francisco to see her “son” just as the boy’s great-aunt dies leaving a lot of money to be inherited. Victoria falls in love with the boy’s trustee Alan Spender, and they move into the mansion on Telegraph Hill. She then learns that Alan and his lover, the boy’s governess Margaret, murdered an aunt and are planning the same for her.
Nov. 4: Hollywood Story
William Castle, 1951. Hollywood 1950: The successful producer Larry O’Brian arrives in Los Angeles to found a motion picture company. He buys an old studio which was unused since the days of silent movies. He’s shown the office where the famous director Franklin Farrara was shot. The case hasn’t been solved until now, although there were many suspects. O’Brian becomes fascinated by the subject and wants to shoot a movie about it. He investigates himself and soon gets into danger himself.
Nov. 11: Under the Gun
Ted Teztlaff, 1951. Story of a prison farm that gave a convict a gun…and gave him a pardon if he used it!
Nov. 18: Drive a Crooked Road
Richard Quine, 1954. Eddie Shannon is an undersized, sports-car mechanic who dreams of racing an expensive car in a European meet. He meets and falls in love with Barbara Mathews, and thinks she loves him. She introduces him to Steve Norris and Harold Baker, who ask him to drive the getaway car in a bank robbery they are planning. He refuses, but changes his mind after some gentle persuasion from Barbara. The job is pulled off and, following a wild getaway, Eddie learns that Barbara was just using him and that Steve and Harold have plans to kill him. Gritty retribution is just around the corner.
Northwest Film Forum and SIFF Members: $55.00
Prices above are for entire film series. Series tickets may be purchased at the Ticketing Desk at any of SAM’s three sites, or over the phone with a credit card by calling the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121.
Single-film tickets are $8 for everyone, sold day of show at the auditorium (cash only).