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Another outstanding film festival in the can, and this time it’s the end of a first. The first virtual visit to Noir City. Readers, I have FEELINGS. We’ve all been through (and are still going through) a lot since COVID… Read More

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To kick off last night’s triple feature, we started with a Jean-Pierre Melville flick I hadn’t seen yet, LE DOULOS. First, a note on the slang phrase “le doulos.” It literally means a stingy brim hat like the ones worn… Read More

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Gina Lollobridgida vs. Claudia Cardinale! Who will win? We do, dear readers. We win. First up in this Italian double feature FOUR WAYS OUT. A group of inexperienced thieves pull off a stadium heist during a soccer game and then… Read More

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I was really thrilled to see this one in the line up, because I was unable to find a streaming version with subtitles back in March. Unlike the previous flick, you really can’t follow this film without understanding what people… Read More

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For this round we’re in Prague for THE FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR. During WWII (sort of – more on that later) a Jewish doctor forbidden from practicing medicine has been relegated to a job cataloging confiscated property. When a wounded… Read More

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BLACK GRAVEL. … stares into the distance… So this one has a lot of baggage for me. First of all, it’s brutal, a pitch fucking black exploration of ugly human nature. It might be one of the darkest flicks I’ve… Read More

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I’d seen the Hollywood version of last night’s feature, but not the Swedish original. So I was looking forward to this one; A WOMAN’S FACE, starring baby Ingrid Bergman. A bitter female crime boss with a scarred face is running… Read More

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Our globetrotting Noir-stravaganza continues. First Japan, then Poland. First up PALE FLOWER. The damn pandemic (shakes fist at sky) stopped me from seeing this one in the theater back in March, which is a real tragedy because I would have… Read More

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The second half of yesterday’s big marathon featured a “Bitches Be Crazy” double feature with a side order of feticide. Let’s start with LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN. I find it hard to believe that I haven’t written this one up… Read More

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Big day yesterday, with four flicks on the roster and no rest for the wicked. I’ve decided to spilt my write up into two separate posts to keep things relatively short and snappy. I wouldn’t want you to get bored… Read More

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It’s been a year, Faustketeers. This Damned Pandemic kicked in right in the middle of the actual, physical, old fashioned, sit-with-your-pals-in-a-theater Noir City Festival back in March and I’m still not over it. BLACK GRAVEL… (stares into the distance) …… Read More

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Well, Faustketeers, I’m sick. No, it’s probably not our friend COVID-19, but this is a hell of a time to come down with any kind of flu. Here’s what’s been going on here at the Fausthaus over the past two… Read More

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Here we are, at the end of the line up that wasn’t. Composing the final post of any Noir City festival is always a little sad. This year, it’s weirdly emotional and strange and melancholy and here I am, doing… Read More

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Look, we are all coping with our creeping existential dread and pandemic anxiety in different ways. I realize that most people are busy endlessly refreshing twitter and reading a zillion articles about how fucked we all are. There are probably… Read More

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Strange days continue, kids. I’ve been forced to miss some Noir City screenings in the past for a variety of reasons, but this is pandemic action is exponentially sadder and weirder. Good thing we have movies and pie. Speaking of… Read More

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These are sad, strange days, Faustketeers. I’m still pretty broken up over the cancellation of this year’s festival. Being an anti-social homebody writer, I don’t get out much and this event is something I look forward to all year. I… Read More

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It breaks my heart to share this news, but the rest of this year’s Noir City festival has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Our beloved Noir City family does tend to skew older and I totally understand and support… Read More

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Yeah, ok, so THE HOUSEMAID. Holy shit, Faustketeers. A piano teacher hires a strange, chain-smoking maid to help his overworked wife take care of their rat-infested suburban house and their two kids, a monstrous, bratty son and a morose, crippled… Read More

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A series of unfortunate events conspired to make me to miss the Siodmak double feature on Sunday afternoon. That being said, I’ve seen one of the two films already and was able to find the other on YouTube, so I’m… Read More

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Had to miss last night, but lucky for all you kids playing along at home, I’ve already written up two of these M adaptations and seen all three. First up, the original. Directed by Fritz Lang and starring a very… Read More

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