Our Eleventh Annual Festival of Film Noir !!
Jul 18 to Jul 27
Friday to the following Sunday!
1940s to 1950s - 10 days of 5 double features in the dark amongst friends & strangers!
It's 11 years now since our first foray into this enticing darkened corner of film fests! For ten amazing nights the Guild Cinema will host the most exciting film noir program to hit Albuquerque in years: CLASSIC FILM NOIR FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE!
Marvel at ten great and influential noir films--spanning the classic years 1940 through 1956--and presented in five dynamic double features, each one playing for two nights! These ten films have been carefully culled from the vast expanse of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Guild by Elliot Lavine, curator of the nationally known annual film noir extravaganza "I Wake Up Dreaming."
All ten films will be coming to the Guild via the Warner Archive who will be providing the best available digital transfers, all brilliant and sharp and guaranteed to deliver a fantastic picture! The Guild would like to thank Matt Patterson with the Warner Archive for his invaluable assistance!
Fri & Sat July 18 & 19:
THE UNSUSPECTED (4:45, 8:25)
Could the on-air host of a popular mystery radio program actually be a cold-blooded homicidal killer? The caustic wit of the screenplay nearly overshadows the gothic weirdness of the film itself in one of Hollywood's great unsung and nearly forgotten noir classics; vividly atmospheric and beautifully played by a stellar Warner Bros. cast including Claude Rains, Joan Caulfield, Audrey Totter, Hurd Hatfield, Constance Bennett. Photographed by Elwood "Woody" Bredell. From the novel by Charlotte Armstrong. Directed by Michael Curtiz. In B&W. 103 mins. 1947.
STRANGER ON THE 3rd FLOOR (7pm only)
After an ambitious newspaper reporter's testimony sends a hapless cabbie to death row for a murder he didn't commit, pangs of guilt begin to set in. When the reporter suddenly finds himself on trial for murder, the wheels of injustice yet again spin madly out of control. Widely considered to be the first true American studio noir film, this brilliantly realized B picture is a veritable catalog of nearly every noir convention that would follow. Starring John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Elisha Cook, Jr. and Peter Lorre as the stranger. Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Written by Frank Partos. Directed by Boris Ingster. In B&W. 65 mins. 1940.
Sun & Mon July 20 & 21:
THE UNFAITHFUL (4:45, 9:15)
With her husband out of town, a happily married woman is attacked in her home one night and in the struggle manages to kill the intruder. Gradually a strange and shocking backstory is revealed that could destroy the lives of several people. A brooding and provocative tale of gathering menace, from an original screenplay by noir maestro David Goodis. Starring Ann Sheridan, Zachary Scott, Lew Ayres, Eve Arden. Photographed by Ernest Haller. Directed by Vincent Sherman. In B&W. 109 mins. 1947.
NORA PRENTISS (7pm only)
What begins as an innocent attraction between two strangers--a respectable, married doctor and a nightclub singer--quickly festers into a sizzling love affair. In a moment of madness a treacherous scheme is born that will signal danger and doom. Dazzling, brilliantly filmed romantic noir, long unappreciated and certainly due for exposure at the Roxie! Starring Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Bruce Bennett, Robert Alda, Wanda Hendrix. Photographed by James Wong Howe. Directed by Vincent Sherman. In B&W. 111 mins. 1947.
Tues & Wed July 22 & 23:
THE LOCKET (5pm, 8:45)
Just before his wedding, the bridegroom hears an incredible tale that suggests his beautiful bride might be dangerously disturbed and possibly even a murderess! An intricate tale of death and deception that ingeniously and famously turns the time-honored flashback convention inside out. Visually sumptuous and unforgettable. Starring Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, Gene Raymond, Ricardo Cortez. Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Directed by John Brahm. In B&W. 85 mins. 1946.
THE WINDOW (7pm only)
The "boy who cried wolf" scenario is stretched to unbearably suspenseful limits when a nine year old kid with a hyper-active imagination witnesses a brutal murder through the apartment window across the way. Naturally, with the boy's reputation for fabricating tall tales, no one believes him. Except the killers, of course. Exceptionally exciting to the very end. Starring Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Bobby Driscoll. Photographed by Robert De Grasse. From a story by Cornell Woolrich. Directed by Ted Tetzlaff. In B&W. 73 mins. 1949.
Thurs & Fri July 24 & 25:
HIGHWAY 301 (5:15, 8:45)
A gang of desperate armed robbers led by a psychotic killer spread a wave of terror throughout the southeast, wantonly killing anyone who gets in their way. One of the last great gangster noirs, breathlessly paced and brutally violent. Based on a true story. Starring Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby Andre, Robert Webber, Aline Towne. Photographed by Carl E. Guthrie. Written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. In B&W. 83 mins. 1950.
SPLIT SECOND (7pm only)
A vicious killer and his gang crash out of prison and hold a group of hostages in a Nevada ghost town where an atom bomb test is set to happen the following morning! Tension escalates to the boiling point as loyalties among the gang gradually begin to shift. Nuclear noir for the Fallout Generation. Starring Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes, Paul Kelly. Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Screenplay by William Bowers and Irving Wallace. Directed by Dick Powell. In B&W. 85 mins. 1953.
Sat & Sun July 26 & 27:
WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (4:30, 8:45)
Internal power struggles at a New York newspaper serve as the backdrop for this unwholesome tale of sex and murder. An ambitious editor exploits the recent series of brutal sex-slayings that has the city in a panic by using fear and greed as motivating principles. A brilliant noir melodrama, and one of this great director's signature American films. Starring Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino, John Drew Barrymore. Photographed by Ernest Laszlo. Screenplay by Casey Robinson. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 100 mins. 1956.
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (7pm only)
In order to call attention to the inequities of the death penalty, a writer conspires with his editor to have himself framed for murder, tried, convicted and sentenced to death despite being innocent. Fate steps in to deliver a bizarre twist to this ingenious tale from one of the true founding fathers of film noir. Starring Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Barbara Nichols. Photographed by William E. Snyder. Written by Douglas Morrow. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 80 mins. 1956.