Seeking a Renaissance in San Francisco
Every year, the famous Castro Theater in San Francisco, houses the Noir City Film Festival. Spanning over two weekends in January of this year, the Noir City Film Festival brought back the dark and dramatic black and white movies of old Hollywood (the 1940s and 50s). The event is sponsored by the Film Noir Foundation (FNF), a non-profit that was “created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement.” FNF locates, maintains, and preserves relics from old Hollywood, hoping to feature the films to current day audiences.
Just to give you an idea of the type of movies screened at the Noir City Festival, here is a list of some of their shows:
– Pitfall (1948)
– Larceny (1948)
– Fly-By-Night (1942)
– Cry Danger (1951)
– The Mob (1951)
– Niagara (1952)
– The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
– Armored Car Robbery (1950)
In the current DVD filled generation we live in, organizations like FNF are finding it harder and harder to preserve the old 35mm prints, so help support their cause here. And be sure to watch out for next year’s Noir City Film Festival!