The 8th Annual Festival of Film Noir jumped off at the Egyptian Theatre last Thursday night. Although the American Cinematheque the sponsor of this enterprise, there are some new wrinkles in the dark shading of this year's festival:
1. The Film Noir Foundation is the festival co-sponsor with the Cinematheque.
2. My colleague and friend, Eddie Muller, is performing the hosting duties along with yours truly who wrangled most of the screening guests this time around. Eddie and I programmed this festival along with Chris D. at the Cinematheque. Thematically, this year's fest is a series of noir double bills featuring L.A. vs. N.Y.
3. The Egyptian Theatre is sharing the noir keylight with their sister theatre, the Aero, over in Santa Monica. The Aero will be a concurrent program called 'Noir at the Beach'.
A quick recap of opening weekend:
Thursday's opener was Act of Violence and Force of...