Events & Appearances

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

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.

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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”


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!”


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.


Television Academy Foundation: Diahann Carroll — excerpt


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.