Events & Appearances

Oct
12
Fri
NOIR CITY D.C. – Oct 12-14 2018, Silver Spring MD @ AFI Silver Theatre
Oct 12 – Oct 14 all-day
NOIR CITY D.C. - Oct 12-14 2018, Silver Spring MD @ AFI Silver Theatre

Film Noir at its Best

As part of Noir City D.C., Alan K. Rode will introduce films shown at the fabulous AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 12th – 14th, 2018, including these:

Double Feature: THE BLUE DAHLIA + NIGHT EDITOR
Friday, October 12, 2018
Double Feature 03:30 PM

Double Feature: SHADOW OF A DOUBT+ADDRESS UNKNOWN
Friday, October 12, 2018
Double Feature 07:30 PM


Double Feature: THIS GUN FOR HIRE+QUIET PLEASE, MURDER
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Double Feature 01:00 PM

Double Feature: THE UNDERWORLD STORY+SOUTHSIDE 1-1000
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Double Feature 04:45 PM

Double Feature: THE BLUE DAHLIA + NIGHT EDITOR
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Double Feature 08:30 PM


Double Feature: THE UNDERWORLD STORY+SOUTHSIDE 1-1000
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Double Feature 04:45 PM

Double Feature: THE ACCUSED + THE THREAT
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Double Feature 08:30 PM

Please see the AFI website for more information.

Year in and year out, Eddie Muller and the Film Noir Foundation team deliver an impeccably curated selection of film noir, combining canonical classics with wonderful rarities ripe for rediscovery. Following the flagship edition of the festival, held earlier this year at San Francisco’s famed Castro Theatre, all of the selections in this year’s edition of Noir City DC are double features, inspired by the mid-century Hollywood tradition of pairing top-tier studio “A” pictures with shorter, lower-budget second features, or “B” films, during their release. Select screenings will be introduced by TCM hosts Alan K. Rode and Eddie Muller.

About AFI
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring MD 20910

Mar
29
Fri
NOIR CITY, HOLLYWOOD – March 29-April 7, 2019 – American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theater @ The Egyptian
Mar 29 – Apr 7 all-day
NOIR CITY, HOLLYWOOD - March 29-April 7, 2019 - American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theater @ The Egyptian

NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD – THE 21st ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR

March 29 through April 7, 2019

The longest-running film noir festival in Los Angeles returns to the Egyptian Theatre with another incredible lineup of rarities, presented as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen! To celebrate the 21st anniversary of NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, we delve deep into the archives to present a sizzling slate of sinister cinema – virtually all in glorious 35mm, including prints struck expressly for this series. Returning as hosts are Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode, whose Film Noir Foundation will proudly present 10 consecutive nights of sinuous shadows, dangerous desires and bitter beauties brimming with broken dreams. Join us in NOIR CITY!

Get up-to-date details here:  American Cinematheque

 

All screenings hosted by Eddie Muller and/or Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

May
9
Thu
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – May 9-12, 2019 – Palm Springs @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 9 – May 12 all-day

Alan K. Rode will be producing and hosting the 20th year of this venerable world-class event.

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
May 9-12, 2019
Palm Springs Cultural Center (Supple Theater)
2100 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

More info: https://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com

. . . and still more info (keeping checking back for updates!).

illustrated logo of Palm Springs Cultural Center

Sep
6
Fri
NOIR CITY, CHICAGO – September 6-12, 2019 – Music Box Theater @ Music Box Theatre
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day

photo of metal framework sign for Music Box Theatre chicago illinois

11th Anniversary NOIR CITY CHICAGO

Alan K. Rode co-hosts a sterling line-up of classic film noir (to be announced — please check this space) which once again will be held at Chicago’s’ gorgeous Music Box Theatre — a classic itself.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613


CHICAGO’S VENUE FOR INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN, CULT AND CLASSIC FILMS

Turn onto Southport Avenue and it’s hard to resist the neon beacon that lures cinephiles from across Chicagoland with eight flickering letters—Music Box. It’s a promise of more than just entertainment, but a total experience. It’s a community of strangers coming together over the anticipation of that familiar red velvet curtain rising toward the twinkling, star-covered ceiling. It’s a symbol of Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films.

Walk by the ticket window and step back in time to when the ‘20s were still roaring and the theatre first opened—just two months before The Great Depression—on August 22, 1929. It was a time before fluorescent lighting, megaplexes, and artificial butter. And although our ticket prices have changed slightly over the past 90 or so years, the butter on our popcorn is still real.

Each of our theatre’s 800 seats has a story to tell. The stories are more colorful than the decades of films projected here; of first dates that took place under the starry sky; of family traditions revolving around the annual White Christmas singalong; of the ghost some say haunts the theatre to this day. Join us, and make a few memories of your own. It’s certain to be an experience as unforgettable as the film itself.

The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.

Jan
24
Fri
NOIR CITY International – San Francisco Castro Theatre – Jan 24th – Feb 2nd 2020 @ Castro Theater
Jan 24 – Feb 2 all-day

Alan K. Rode will be at the 18th edition NOIR CITY on 24-26 January and 31 January – 2 February 2020.


The Film Noir Foundation Presents
NOIR CITY: INTERNATIONAL II

The 18th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival

poster for Noir City International Film FestivalAmerica doesn’t have a monopoly on swaggering gangsters, larcenous lovers, surly ex-cons, corrupt cops, and scheming femmes fatales. Six years after the first NOIR CITY: INTERNATIONAL—the Film Noir Foundation is at it again: presenting an array of classic films from around the globe, a wide-ranging, thematically cohesive immersion in a sordid world of sinister and sexy affairs—including the world premieres of two new restorations by the Film Noir Foundation! Yes, “It’s a Bitter Little World”— but for ten days and nights at the majestic Castro Theatre, photo of Castro Theatre neon lit marquee in San FranciscoNOIR CITY is cinema paradiso! As always, the festival is programmed and hosted by Eddie Muller, internationally renowned “Czar of Noir” and host of the popular Turner Classic Movies series Noir Alley.

For veteran cinephiles, it’s a chance to again experience cherished cinematic masterpieces in a bona fide movie palace. For those just starting their cinematic journey, NOIR CITY is the perfect introduction to a wide world of international filmmakers and stars, on the big screen, larger than life. The 10-day excursion travels through hot-blooded nightclubs of the Mexican cabareteras, neon-streaked alleys of Japanese yakuza thrillers, the stylish Parisian underworld, Italian palazzos hiding crimes of every social strata, a Kafkaesque Prague as envisioned by the Czech New Wave — even a rare serial killer film set in Nazi Germany made by Hollywood’s finest director of film noir, Robert Siodmak. Tour guides include some of the world’s most revered filmmakers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Andzrej Wajda, Julien Duvivier, Jean-Pierre Melville, Roberto Gavaldón, Jirí Weiss, and Masahiro Shinoda.

Source and more information, tickets: https://www.noircity.com/


Castro Theatre info: https://www.castrotheatre.com/history.html

 

Aug
29
Mon
NOIR CITY, CHICAGO – August 29 – September 1, 2022 – Historic Music Box Theater @ Music Box Theatre
Aug 29 – Sep 1 all-day
NOIR CITY, CHICAGO - August 29 - September 1, 2022 - Historic Music Box Theater @ Music Box Theatre

NOIR CITY CHICAGO

August 29 – September 1, 2022

SAVE THE DATES: Alan K. Rode co-hosts a sterling line-up of classic film noir (to be announced — please check this space) which once again will be held at Chicago’s’ gorgeous Music Box Theatre — a classic itself.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613


CHICAGO’S VENUE FOR INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN, CULT AND CLASSIC FILMS

Turn onto Southport Avenue and it’s hard to resist the neon beacon that lures cinephiles from across Chicagoland with eight flickering letters—Music Box. It’s a promise of more than just entertainment, but a total experience. It’s a community of strangers coming together over the anticipation of that familiar red velvet curtain rising toward the twinkling, star-covered ceiling. It’s a symbol of Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films.

Walk by the ticket window and step back in time to when the ‘20s were still roaring and the theatre first opened—just two months before The Great Depression—on August 22, 1929. It was a time before fluorescent lighting, megaplexes, and artificial butter. And although our ticket prices have changed slightly over the past 90 or so years, the butter on our popcorn is still real.

Each of our theatre’s 800 seats has a story to tell. The stories are more colorful than the decades of films projected here; of first dates that took place under the starry sky; of family traditions revolving around the annual White Christmas singalong; of the ghost some say haunts the theatre to this day. Join us, and make a few memories of your own. It’s certain to be an experience as unforgettable as the film itself.

The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.

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
28
Mon
NOIR CITY, CHICAGO – August 28-31, 2023 – Historic Music Box Theater @ Music Box Theatre
Aug 28 – Aug 31 all-day

Noir city chicago 2023 poster featuring a bartender mixing drinks, a gent at the end of the bar in a fedora holding a bouquet of flowers, and a stunning redhead in a sparkly red gown sporting a lit cigarette and a pistol.

NOIR CITY CHICAGO

August 28-31, 2023

SAVE THE DATES: Alan K. Rode co-hosts a sterling line-up of classic film noir (to be announced — please check this space) which once again will be held at Chicago’s’ gorgeous Music Box Theatre — a classic itself.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613


CHICAGO’S VENUE FOR INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN, CULT AND CLASSIC FILMS

Turn onto Southport Avenue and it’s hard to resist the neon beacon that lures cinephiles from across Chicagoland with eight flickering letters—Music Box. It’s a promise of more than just entertainment, but a total experience. It’s a community of strangers coming together over the anticipation of that familiar red velvet curtain rising toward the twinkling, star-covered ceiling. It’s a symbol of Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films.

Walk by the ticket window and step back in time to when the ‘20s were still roaring and the theatre first opened—just two months before The Great Depression—on August 22, 1929. It was a time before fluorescent lighting, megaplexes, and artificial butter. And although our ticket prices have changed slightly over the past 90 or so years, the butter on our popcorn is still real.

Each of our theatre’s 800 seats has a story to tell. The stories are more colorful than the decades of films projected here; of first dates that took place under the starry sky; of family traditions revolving around the annual White Christmas singalong; of the ghost some say haunts the theatre to this day. Join us, and make a few memories of your own. It’s certain to be an experience as unforgettable as the film itself.

The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.

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.