Noir City

3 Feb

I’ve just returned from Noir City 2013, the annual film noir festival held in San Francisco at the historic Castro Theater. Noir City was founded by an old friend of mine, Eddie Muller, whom I know from my days as a journalist in the shipping industry. I’ve lost track of how many years I’ve been going to the Noir City festival; I think this is my fifth year.

On the double bill today were Street of Chance and The Chase (I didn’t stay for the third feature, The Window).

The theme this year was films based on the writings of the great early-mid 20th Century crime writer, Cornell Woolrich.

Street of Chance gives a rare view of the grizzled character actor Burgess Meredith (Rocky’s cornerman!) as a young leading man. It also stars Claire Trevor, probably the most epochal film noir actress after Barbara Stanwyk.

Meanwhile, The Chase bears a passing resemblance to the David Lynch masterpiece Mulholland Drive, and includes the legendary crime and horror movie “heavy,” Peter Lorre, in a typically shady role.

The Chase can be viewed on YouTube:

Street of Chance is not on YouTube, unfortunately, but I did find a clip of it:

P. S., here’s a good clip with Eddie, known as “The Czar of Noir”, talking about various film noir classics:

If you have any interest at all in the classic film noir genre, Eddie is your guy for viewing recommendations and juicy backstage lore. You can find many of his other talks and interviews by searching on his name at YouTube.



One Response to “Noir City”

  1. filmcamera999 February 14, 2013 at 1:58 am #

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