Events & Appearances

Jul
20
Wed
Film Noir Talk with Alan K. Rode – Calabasas Public Library -July 20, 2022 @ Calabasas Public Library
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Blonde models midriff-baring outfit for seated man as another lady looks on.Alan will give a talk about the origins of film noir with a focus on THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS and THE ASPHALT JUNGLE

July 20 6:00 PM: Calabasas Public Library 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302
Nov
16
Wed
Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and Friendship – Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith – Nov. 16, 2022 @ Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith

 . . . at Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

November 16, 2022 — 7:00PM PDT

 

Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and FriendshipAlan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith will present their documentary “Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and Friendship” followed by a Q&A about the film and their work on classic Hollywood cinema.1940's era noir movie poster for The Guilty


Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
CA-111, Rancho Mirage CA 92270
Nov
19
Sat
SUNSET BOULEVARD at Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA, November 19, 2022 @ AERO THEATRE
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

NOTE: This Event Has Sold Out

American Cinematheque presents “Sunset Boulevard”

SAT NOV 19, 2022
2:00 PM

AERO THEATRE
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica CA 90403

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Alan K. Rode will introduce the film noir classic, Sunset Blvd (1950), with the film’s Oscar-nominated co-star Nancy Olson Livingston.

Book signing with Nancy Olson Livingston for her new memoir A Front Row Seat: An Intimate Look at Broadway, Hollywood, and the Age of Glamour prior to the screening at 1:00pm at the Aero Theatre, courtesy of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

ABOUT THE FILM:Movie still from Sunset Boulevard featuring William Holden embracing Nancy Olson.
“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!” Director Billy Wilder created one of his most enduring masterpieces in this dark, glittering, poison-pen letter to all things Hollywood, told in flashback by screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden), whose final job is playing paid companion to egocentric, aging silent-film goddess Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). With Nancy Olson Livingston and Erich von Stroheim. Academy Award Winner for Best Screenplay (Wilder, Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman Jr.) and Score (Franz Waxman).

FORMAT: DCP

DISTRIBUTOR: PARAMOUNT


ABOUT THE MEMOIR:
From her idyllic childhood in the American Midwest to her Oscar–nominated performance in SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) and the social circles of New York and Los Angeles, actress Nancy Olson Livingston has lived abundantly. In her memoir, A Front Row Seat, Livingston treats readers to an intimate, charming chronicle of her life as an actress, wife, and mother, and her memories of many of the most notable figures and moments of her time.Livingston shares reminiscences of her marriages to lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner, creator of award-winning musicals PAINT YOUR WAGON, GIGI, and MY FAIR LADY (which was dedicated to her), and to Alan Wendell Livingston, former president of Capitol Records, who created Bozo the Clown and worked with legendary musical artists, including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Band, and Don McLean. One of the last living actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Livingston shares memorable encounters with countless celebrities—William Holden, Billy Wilder, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, and John Wayne, to name a few—and less pleasant experiences with Howard Hughes and John F. Kennedy that act as reminders of women’s long struggle for equality.Entertaining and engrossing, A Front Row Seat deftly interweaves Livingston’s life with her observations of the artists, celebrities, and luminaries with whom she came in contact—a paean to the twentieth century and a treasure for readers enamored with a bygone era.

 

May
11
Thu
23rd Annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – Palm Springs – May 11-14, 2023 @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 11 – May 14 all-day

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival - May 11-14, 2023 - Palm Springs Cultural Center

Please join me for the 22nd annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, May 11-14, 2023, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly the Camelot Theaters) 2300 E. Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

TICKETS $14.50 – $149: Ticket sales here.

Jun
11
Sun
BEHIND THE BLACKLIST Film and Discussion – Skirball Center – June 11, 2023 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Skirball Cultural Center June 11, 2023 BEHIND THE BLACKLIST film and discussion program moderated by AKR.

About the Program

See how prejudice manifested during the Hollywood Red Scare with a double feature that looks at antisemitism in the 1940s. Waging a “cold war” on minority groups, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) used the Hearings to target Jews and other oppressed peoples, whether or not evidence of their involvement with the Communist Party existed.

In between films, hear from film historian Alan Rode and Thomas Doherty, professor of American studies at Brandeis University and cultural historian focusing on Hollywood cinema.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

11:00 am— Hollywood on TrialNine men in suit and tie assembled in 1940's photo.
This Oscar-nominated documentary is an authoritative account of the 1947 HUAC Hearings centering on the screenwriters, directors, and producers who were cited for contempt of Congress. Archival footage of the Hearings is punctuated by interviews with the participants and others who were affected. Directed by David Helpern. (1976, 105 min. No MPAA rating.)

12:45 pm—Conversation and Q&A with Thomas Doherty
Moderated by film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode.

2:00 pm—Crossfire
Crossfire is an essential post-war drama examining antisemitism in the US military. Despite its financial success and five Oscar nominations, the film led to its American Jewish director (Edward Dmytryk) and producer (Adrian Scott) being Blacklisted and jailed with the Hollywood Ten. (1947, 84 min. No MPAA rating.)Couple sharing drinks at nightclub table.

Look out for related artifacts in the exhibition! Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare features protest materials by members of the Hollywood Ten, a spotlight on Crossfire, and more!

More information here: The Skirball Cultural Center

Jul
9
Sun
Behind the Blacklist Double Feature: Odds Against Tomorrow and Force of Evil – Skirball Cultural Center July 9, 2023 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Two black and white movie stills: male stars of odds against tomorrow force of evil.

About the Program

Check out two classic films by Blacklisted screenwriter and director Abraham Polonsky! Born in New York City to Russian Jewish immigrants, Polonsky was a committed Marxist, union supporter, and proud member of the Communist Party. Like many Blacklisted screenwriters, Polonsky continued to write under pseudonyms and fronts. While it is now known Polonsky wrote Odds Against Tomorrow, many of his scripts remain uncredited to this day.

In between films, hear film historian Alan Rode speak with Hank Polonsky about Abraham Polonsky’s experience with the Hollywood Red Scare and its impact on their family.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

11:00 am— Odds Against Tomorrow
This multi-layered film stars Hollywood legends Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, and Ed Begley as three desperate men who band together for a dangerous heist. Beyond its gripping plot, Odds Against Tomorrow issues a strong statement about the endemic racism at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Robert Wise. (1959, 96 min. No MPAA rating.)

12:45 pm—Conversation and Q&A with Hank Polonsky
Moderated by film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode.

2:00 pm— Force of Evil
Force of Evil stars John Garfield as a lawyer embroiled in a scheme to control “the numbers racket” in New York City, leading to a series of events that test his morality and loyalty. Polonsky’s directorial debut is a poetic urban saga underscoring how unbridled capitalistic greed creates personal debasement and tragedy. (1948, 78 min. No MPAA rating.)


More info and tickets:  Skirball Cultural Center

Aug
4
Fri
NOIR CITY, Hollywood – Aero Theatre Santa Monica – August 4 – 13, 2023 @ Aero Theatre
Aug 4 – Aug 13 all-day

American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation Present

Noir City, Hollywood — at Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, August 4-13, 2023

 

A joint production of the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation, NOIR CITY Hollywood celebrates its 24th anniversary with 24 movies -—including 15 35mm prints -— during August 4-13 2023 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

Programmed and hosted by the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode. The 2023 edition of NOIR CITY celebrates the apex year of classic film noir with all of the scheduled films originally released in 1948.

Don’t miss this 75th anniversary of classic film noir on the big screen!

 

Source for more information, tickets: American Cinematheque

Read More about KEY LARGO / SORRY, WRONG NUMBER


FRI AUG 4, 2023

7:30 PM

KEY LARGO / SORRY, WRONG NUMBER

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Opening Night!

NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about HOLLOW TRIUMPH


SAT AUG 5, 2023

3:00 PM

HOLLOW TRIUMPH

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about A DOUBLE LIFE / THE VELVET TOUCH


SAT AUG 5, 2023

7:30 PM

A DOUBLE LIFE / THE VELVET TOUCH

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller

 

 

Read More about THE HUNTED


SUN AUG 6, 2023

3:00 PM

THE HUNTED

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about CALL NORTHSIDE 777 / LARCENY


SUN AUG 6, 2023

7:30 PM

CALL NORTHSIDE 777 / LARCENY

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about I WALK ALONE / T-MEN


MON AUG 7, 2023

7:30 PM

I WALK ALONE / T-MEN

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Alan K. Rode

Rare 35mm print of T-MEN courtesy of the BFI

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about CRY OF THE CITY / THE NAKED CITY


TUE AUG 8, 2023

7:30 PM

CRY OF THE CITY / THE NAKED CITY

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Alan K. Rode, Victoria Mature, daughter of Victor Mature and actor Tommy Cook

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about BLOOD ON THE MOON / PURSUED


WED AUG 9, 2023

7:30 PM

BLOOD ON THE MOON / PURSUED

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Alan K. Rode

 

 

Read More about TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH / WHIPLASH


THU AUG 10, 2023

7:30 PM

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH / WHIPLASH

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Alan K. Rode

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about RAW DEAL / HE WALKED BY NIGHT


FRI AUG 11, 2023

7:30 PM

RAW DEAL / HE WALKED BY NIGHT

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

Rare 35mm print of RAW DEAL courtesy of the BFI

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI / MOONRISE


SAT AUG 12, 2023

7:30 PM

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI / MOONRISE

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about BODYGUARD


SUN AUG 13, 2023

3:00 PM

BODYGUARD

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES / THE BIG CLOCK


SUN AUG 13, 2023

7:30 PM

NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES / THE BIG CLOCK

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Closing Night! Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 


Aero Theatre info: https://www.americancinematheque.com/about/theatres/aero-theatre/, and read about the Aero Theatre’s storied history here.

 

Sep
3
Sun
Behind the Blacklist: The Breaking Point (1950) – Skirball Cultural Center September 3, 2023 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Sep 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Movie still from the breaking point, 1950, actress canada lee on board boat piloted by actor John garfield.

Feature Screening and Book Signing with Alan Rode

About the Program

Enjoy a thrilling noir starring Blacklisted Jewish actor and anti-fascist activist John Garfield! 

While he was never a member of the Communist Party, his wife was. In a brave act of loyalty that effectively ended his career, Garfield testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee saying that he did not know any Communists.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

11:00 am— The Breaking Point
This definitive screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not features one of John Garfield’s finest performances as a hard-luck skipper in what would be his next-to-last film. Directed by Michael Curtiz. (1950, 97 min. No MPAA rating.)

12:45 pm—Book Signing
Film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode will sign copies of his book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, about the director of The Breaking Point and Casablanca.

  • Screening FREE to all visitors

Separate tickets required for Museum admission.
Museum admission is FREE to WGA members with code 99949 and SAG-AFTRA members with code 99950*.
*Please present your membership card at check in.


More info: Skirball Cultural Center

Oct
8
Sun
The Night of the Hunter at Vidiots / Eagle Theater – October 8, 2023 @ Vidiots
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Night of the Hunter

Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation will speak before screening this classic thriller.  4pm Sunday, October 8, 2023, at the newly rejuvenated nearly 100 year-old venerated Eagle Theater in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles.

Director: Charles Laughton Run Time: 93 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1955

Starring: Evelyn Varden, James Gleason, Lillian Gish, Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters

Screenwriters: James Agee, Charles Laughton

Producer: Paul Gregory

Co-presented by the Alex Film Society

Actor robert mitchum in the noir thriller night of the hunter.

Charles Laughton’s lone directorial departure, The Night of the Hunter, is one of the most chilling and haunting films ever set to celluloid. Robert Mitchum is beyond terrifying as a serial-killing preacher in the Deep South, set on hunting children in his search for fortune. With a striking Southern Gothic atmosphere and stunning black-and-white imagery that will burn itself into your brain, this is one gorgeously twisted masterpiece.

 

Oct
15
Sun
Noir Television: Naked City – Billy Wilder Theater – October 15, 2023 @ Billy Wilder Theater, UCLA
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event. The Billy Wilder Theater is located inside the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024.Black and white still of three men in suits wearing fedora hats on street.

Two of the best episodes from the television series will be shown, with commentary and Q & A in between by Alan K. Rode and actor-writer Michael McGreevey.

Naked City: “The King of Venus Will Take Care of You”

5/30/1962

Veteran character actor Jack Warden (Twelve Angry Men) guest stars as a fugitive who takes refuge in a tenement rooftop hideaway belonging to a troubled child (Mike McGreevey). As police close in, the misfit pair confront each other and their individual life circumstances, which are untenable. The episode features a Nelson Riddle score, NYC location photography, and a tense, humanistic teleplay penned by blacklisted writer Arnold Manoff, credited here under his pseudonym “Joel Carpenter.”

DCP, b&w, 51 min. ABC. Production: Shelle Productions; Screen Gems Television. Executive Producer: Herbert B. Leonard. Director: David Lowell Rich. Writer: Arnold Manoff. With: Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, Jack Warden, Michael McGreevey. Use of Naked City courtesy of AMC Networks.

Naked City: “A Horse Has a Big Head — Let Him Worry!”

11/21/1962

Actress diahann carroll in street scene of 1962 television show naked city.In groundbreaking casting, future superstar Diahann Carroll (Julia) guests as an earnest special education teacher searching for a sight-impaired student (John Megna) who, in defiant independence, wanders away on a field trip. The humanist episode, featuring extensive location photography of New York City streets, was directed by Academy Award winner Denis Sanders (Time Out of War) and penned by blacklisted writer Abram S. Ginnes.

DCP, b&w, 51 min. ABC. Production: Shelle Productions; Screen Gems Television. Executive Producer: Herbert B. Leonard. Director: Denis Sanders. Writer: Abram S. Ginnes. With: Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, Diahann Carroll, John Megna, Nancy Malone. Use of Naked City courtesy of AMC Networks.

Plus:

Television Academy Foundation: Diahann Carroll — excerpt

1998

Beloved icon Diahann Carroll (Dynasty) discusses her Emmy-nominated performance on Naked City.

DCP, color, 8 min. Courtesy of the Television Academy Foundation Interviews. Special thanks to Jenni Matz.