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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: LE SAMOURAÏ

This is the end, my friend. A cold, meticulous, and beautiful hit man (Alain Delon) has his austere and strictly compartmentalized life shaken up when a sultry jazz piano player witnesses his bloody handiwork, yet lies to cover for him…. Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: UNDER THE GUN and NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL

Well this is it, Faustketeers. Another year, another stellar Noir City festival in the books. Also another year of exile in the Pacific Northwest for me, but who’s counting? Will I ever go back to Hollywood, or is this just… Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: NIGHTMARE ALLEY

I’ve seen this flick a dozen times and will happily watch it a dozen more, but this special 35mm nitrate screening is one I was really crushed to miss. Ty Power plays an ambitious young drifter with a knack for… Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: THE MIND READER and IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

Silence! I’m receiving a message from beyond the veil… the spirits are speaking to me… and I predict… A triple bill of Spook Racket Noir! First up, THE MIND READER. In this case, it’s more like proto-noir by way of… Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: BITTER RICE and THIEVES’ HIGHWAY

I suppose you could call this working class double bill Truck Noir, but really it’s more like Agricultural Noir. Up first, an Italian flick I’d never seen before. BITTER RICE When a jewel robbery goes sideways, a criminal couple splits… Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: THE NARROW MARGIN and RIFIFI

I’ve clearly been doing this too long, because not only have I already written up THE NARROW MARGIN, I even talked about being sure I’d already written it up before that. Anyway, here I am, doing it again. A hardboiled… Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: BLACK TUESDAY and LE TROU

This was the night I was most looking forward to, another Prison Noir double bill. Well, one of these flicks is Noir AF. The other, not so much. Noir adjacent, maybe. Anyway more on that later, but first BLACK TUESDAY…. Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: BRUTE FORCE and HARDLY A CRIMINAL

Pile out, you tramps. It’s time for the first of two nights of Prison Noir! First up, BRUTE FORCE. I love this flick and have seen it many times. I’ve even written it up for this august (ok more like… Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: ARMORED CAR ROBBERY and ASSAULT ON THE PAY TRAIN

I’ve always said that Film Noir isn’t about the crime, it’s about the ways in which the people involved come apart. This double bill features a pair of heist flicks that perfectly illustrate that concept. First up, ARMORED CAR ROBBERY…. Read More

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Noir City Hollywood, the Home Game: LA BÊTE HUMAINE and HUMAN DESIRE

These two Railroad Noir films are not only linked thematically, they are based on the same source material, a novel by Emile Zola. Our first adaptation is Jean Renoir’s 1938 film by the same name, staring Jean Gabin and Simone… Read More

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