Here’s hoping that you have had an opportunity to enjoy many nights of dark shadowy streets, dames & criminal activity. On the big screen of course.
Noir City Hollywood has been a wonderful line-up of wickedness and it is heading toward the climax. Sunday night, April 2 will be the final amazing double bill of, “The Big Heat” & “Wicked Woman”.
The Lare will return with the awesome, “The Art of Noir” by none other than the “Czar of Noir” himself, Eddie Muller who will also introduce the films.
Here is a chance to get one of the finest collection of posters from one of the coolest genres of all, signed by the man who picked them out.
We’ll see you Sunday & if you can’t make it, order a signed copy.
Film noir is all about style, even more than it is about crime. The poster art from the noir era has a bold look and an iconography all its own. During noir’s golden age, studios commissioned these arresting illustrations for even the lowliest “B” thriller. The Art of Noir is the first book to present this striking artwork in a lavishly produced, large-format, full-color volume. The more than 300 dazzling posters and other promotional material range from the classics to rare archive films such as The Devil Thumbs a Ride and Blonde Kiss. With rare offerings from around the world and background information on the illustrators, The Art of Noir is the ultimate companion for movie buffs and collectors, as well as artists and designers.
“To look at these movie posters is to glimpse a world of passionate intensity, one mingling desperation, loneliness, erotic obsession, and greed.” —Washington Post Book World
“If any collection of pictures that don’t move can be said to capture the essential spirit of noir, The Art of Noir does.” —Los Angeles Times
Eddie Muller, “The Czar of Noir,” is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, and provides commentary for noir films and specials on Turner Classic Movies. He created his own graphics firm, St. Francis Studio, and is the author of Grindhouse, Dark City Dames, and Dark City. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
More about the films :
Double Feature! THE BIG HEAT / WICKED WOMAN Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation Big Boss Sponsor: Warner Archive Femmes Fatale Sponsors: Bonhams, GOLDEN AGE Gumshoe Sponsors: Hoccomocco Pictures/Thin Ice, Museum of Neon Art, Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop Opening Night Beverage Sponsors: CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion, Teeling Irish Whiskey and Pisco Viejo Tonel.
Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.
THE BIG HEAT 1953, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang One of director Fritz Lang’s best Hollywood films tells the tale of a virtuous cop (Glenn Ford) out for revenge against the gangster who killed his wife. Assisting him in his one-man crusade against the city’s corrupt power base is a kooky, sexy dame (Gloria Grahame, in perhaps her signature role) who’s out for a little vengeance of her own. Featuring an all-time thuggish turn by a young Lee Marvin. As compact and compelling as any crime film ever made.
WICKED WOMAN 1953, Park Circus/MGM, 77 min, USA, Dir: Russell Rouse In this racy little B-movie, scarlet woman Beverly Michaels (PICKUP) cons saloon owner Richard Egan into bilking his boozy wife out of her dough, then toys with the affections of slavering devotee Percy Helton (as you’ve never seen him before). She plans on dumping both and leaving a dust trail to Mexico. Michaels was definitely director Rouse’s kind of woman: They married after making this picture – an extra twist to this juicy noir. Featuring a title song that’s a cult favorite!