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Our 15th Annual Festival of Film Noir !!

Jul 20 to Jul 29
Friday to the following Sunday!

1940s to 1980s - 10 days of 5 double features in the dark amongst friends & strangers! - NO MATINEES

It really has been 15 years now since our first foray into this enticing darkened corner of film fests! As the tradtion goes, we'll have  ten amazing nights of  film noir programming that spans 40 years of choice tales on being sly, lowdown and not quite on the level!  And that's FIVE double features, friends - that means five opportunities to get the 2 movies for only one price deal!

Fri & Sat July 20 & 21: BACKROADS NOIR!

MOONRISE (4:30, 8:30)

A small-town fable about violence and redemption, Moonrise is the final triumph of Frank Borzage, one of Hollywood’s most neglected masters. Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal father, young Danny (Dane Clark) is bruised and bullied until one night, in a fit of rage, he kills his most persistent tormentor. As the police close in around him, Danny makes a desperate bid for the love of the dead man’s fiancée (Gail Russell), a schoolteacher who sees the wounded soul behind his aggression. With this postwar comeback, Borzage recaptured the inspiration that had animated his long and audacious early career, marrying the lyrical force of his romantic sensibility with the psychological anguish of film noir, in a stunning vindication of faith in the power of love.   Directed by Frank Borzage. 90 mins. 1948.  VIEW A CLIP.  

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THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (6:30pm)

Incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed—is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters, are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic—also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee—is cinema’s most eccentric rendering of the battle between good and evil.  Directed by Charles Laughton.  93 mins. 1955.  VIEW A TRAILER.  

 

Sun & Mon July 22 & 23:  BEAT THE CLOCK NOIR!

D.O.A. (4:30, 8:30)

Starring Edmond O’Brien and Pamela Britton — about a man who has been poisoned and, with only a few days left to live, sets out to find his killer. A classic of the genre noted for its distinctive cinematography, exemplified by the opening sequence, a long tracking shot of the main character walking through the corridor of a police station to report his own murder. The director Rudolph Mate had an extensive background in cinematography, having worked on films in both Europe and Hollywood and been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in five consecutive years in the 1940s   Directed by Rudolph Mate. 83 mins. 1950.  VIEW A TRAILER 

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HE WALKED BY NIGHT (6:30pm)

When a Los Angeles police officer is savagely gunned down, a city-wide manhunt ensues for his cunning and ruthless killer. But finding the murderer, chillingly played by Richard Basehart in only his third film, proves difficult for Detective Marty Brennan (Scott Brady) and his colleagues as Basehart's Roy Morgan is always one step ahead of the law. Will modern police methods and sheer determination be enough to find the elusive cop-killer before he strikes again?  Visually stunning, cinematographer John Alton's brilliant use of light and shadows shine in this groundbreaking police procedural that paved the way for the TV series Dragnet; which itself spawned an entire sub-genre of television crime-dramas that are still popular to this day.  Based on true events, He Walked by Night was directed by Alfred L. Werker, along with an uncredited Anthony Mann (who is believed to be responsible for the film's most iconic scenes). Co-written by John C. Higgins (Raw Deal) and Crane Wilbur (The Phenix City Story), it also features Jack Webb who went on to create and star in the aforementioned Dragnet.  Directed by Alfred L. Werker & Anthony Mann.  79 mins. 1948.  VIEW A TRAILER

 

Tues & Wed July 24 & 25:  RAYMOND BURR NOIR!

DESPERATE (4:30, 8:30)

Flavor, tension, and visual bravura to burn! The average-Joe hero played by Steve Brodie is an independent trucker tricked into abetting a robbery. Although he manages to mess up the crooks' plans, Brodie and newly pregnant wife Audrey Long are soon fleeing cross-country from the law as well as from vicious gang leader Raymond Burr. Scene after scene features bold lighting, forceful angles, and strong deep-focus setups--all before Mann had begun working with cameraman John Alton.   Directed by Anthony Mann. 73 mins. 1947.  VIEW A CLIP.  

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RED LIGHT (6:30pm)

George Raft plays Johnny Torno, a tougher than asphalt character careening between religion and revenge in this taut film noir character drama produced and directed by Roy Del Ruth. Torno thinks everything’s jake thanks to the safe return of his brother Jess (Arthur Franz), a young priest, from a POW camp. But trouble is brewing in the form of his ex-employee, embezzling book keeper Nick Cherney (Raymond Burr), who is serving time for sticking his hand into Johnny Torno’s trucking company’s till. Cherney tasks fellow con Rocky (Harry Morgan) with revenge delivery, and the deed sends Johnny out to the streets, desperately searching for a missing Bible and the meaning behind a message from Jess. Mixing holts and soul, Red Light features one of Raft’s most nuanced tough guys, buoyed by a stellar support staff, including Virginia Mayo, Gene Lockhart and Barton MacLane.  Directed by Roy Del Ruth.  84 mins. 1949.  VIEW A CLIP.  

 

Thurs & Fri July 26 & 27:  IDA LUPINO NOIR!

PRIVATE HELL 36 (4:30, 8:30)

Two Los Angeles detectives follow a singer to stolen cash, and keep it.  Co-written by Ida Lupino (!), this is one of those special brand of B noirs that just revels in the claustrophobic tawdriness of its characters. But it’s also one of those—like Crime Wave and Pushover—that is at least twice as smart and potent as its gears-turning plot first reveals. Shot through with the 50s-noir nihilism of Kiss Me Deadly, it’s also a film very much of its moment—that 50s midpoint that, arguably, summons up the world of standard love-gone-wrong big-city noir only to smash it against Eisenhower-era ideals: suburbia, security, family.   Directed by Don Siegel. 81 mins. 1954.  VIEW A CLIP.  

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ON DANGEROUS GROUND (6:30pm)

"Why do you make me do it?" New York cop Jim Wilson asks the hoodlum he's about to smash senseless. Jim has seen it all on the city's shadowy streets: killers, thugs, pimps, sadists. And the experience has cost him his soul. Ironically, his redemption may come in his next case, a brutal murder that brings him into the open sky and white light of the countryside.and into the arms of a beautiful blind woman. Directed with intensity by Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause, They Live by Night) and featuring a haunting score by Bernard Herrmann (Psycho), On Dangerous Ground is a taut, rapid-paced manhunt with two fine stars at its tortured heart. Noir master Robert Ryan captures Jim's agonized self-hatred. And Ida Lupino burnishes the screen as the sightless angel whose compassion gives him one last chance at life.  Directed by Nicholas Ray.  82 mins. 1955.  VIEW A TRAILER.  

 

Sat & Sun July 28 & 29:  ECCENTRIC 70s-80s NOIR!

THE LATE SHOW (4:15, 8:30)

Aging private eye Ira Wells (Academy Award winner* Art Carney) has agreed to help a Hollywood kook named Margo (Lily Tomlin) locate her missing cat. Little does he know he’s got a tiger by the tail. Written and directed by three-time Oscar winner* Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer), The Late Show is a brilliant, funny and gutsy modern-day homage to ’40s detective thrillers. Like his contemporaries Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade, gimpy-legged Ira’s one of the great ones (Carney won the 1977 National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Award for his work here). Will this one last case – and this one flaky lady – give him one last chance to prove it? Stay up with The Late Show and solve the mystery!   Directed by Robert Benton. 93 mins. 1977.  VIEW A TRAILER.  

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TROUBLE IN MIND (6:15pm)

In the fictional and hypnotic Rain City, ex-cop Hawk (Kris Kristofferson) has just been released from prison after serving hard time for killing a man. Meanwhile, a young down-on-his-luck father, Coop (Keith Carradine), and his radiant, innocent wife, Georgia (Lori Singer), head toward the city with their new baby in search of a new life.  Littered with eccentric gangsters and thugs, Rain City serves as almost a side street to human evolution. At the center of it all is Wandas, a dive diner run by Hawks ex (Genevieve Bujold), where the characters lives will intersect, changing them forever.  Written and directed by Alan Rudolph, Trouble In Mind is set somewhere in the future and the past of countless classic film noirs, creating a completely realized neo-noir masterpiece. Feature has been newly restored from original film elements.  Directed by Alan Rudolph.  101 mins. 1985.  VIEW A TRAILER.  

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STAND UP COMEDY NIGHT AT THE GUILD CINEMA!

Jul 20
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Matt & the good folks - NOW - 75m - Only $7 for all of this! Must be 18 years or older

Headliner- MATT PETERSON

Matt is a comedian and actor from Albuquerque whose comedy goals are simple.... make you laugh! His quick wit and fun demeanor make him audience favorite. Matt draws from his life experiences and absurd point of view. Recently venturing into his forties has put absolutely “nothing” into perspective for Matt!

He's performed in comedy clubs, casinos, colleges and theaters all around the southwest and beyond! Matt has worked with Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope, Dave Ross, Alex Ortiz, Troy Baxley and Steven Michael Quezada!

Matt was voted one of the best comedians in the city in the Albuquerque?s Weekly Alibi's 2007 and 2014 'Best of Burque' issue and featured in the "Comedy issue" of ABQ the Magazine in 2009! Matt was also voted one of the top comedians in 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Best of the City" 

Matt is the founder of the Why The Long Face Comedy Tour.  Wtlfcomedy.com

In 2011, he was cast as a lead role in the comedy film, The Bigfoot Election. In 2014 Matt co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the upcoming comedy film "Abe Makes A Movie"! He has had roles on In Plain Sight, Netflix series Longmire, ABC?s Killer Women, WGN?s Manhattan and AMC's Preacher and recently in Better Call Saul!  He was a guest comedian on three episodes of NBC's After After Party with Breaking Bad's Steven Michael Quezada! 

Featuring- CAITLIN MINTON

Caitlin Minton is a stand-up comic originally from Fort Sumner, NM. She can be described as being a misanthropic humanitarian that shares her unusual worldview with a sweet demeanor. Her material ranges from cheesy puns to dating horror stories to personal revelations with a biting twist. Caitlin has been charming comedy audiences throughout the country one lady dick joke at a time. Since beginning her stand-up career at Denver’s famous Lion’s Lair open mic, she has performed at Loonie’s Comedy Corner in Colorado Springs, CO and the Speakeasy Comedy Lounge in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as many other theaters, casinos, bars and breweries. She has opened for Vinny Oshana, Johnny Pemberton, Ben Kronberg, Derek Sheen, John Novosad, and Josh Fadem. Caitlin won the Comedians' Power Hour, is the current Comedy Fight Club Champion, a semi-finalist in Albuquerque’s Got Talent and a seven time winner of the monthly Comedy Contest at Tractor Brewery in Albuquerque, NM, including the best of 2016.

Host- JOHN CUELLAR 

John Cuellar has been writing and performing stand up comedy around the southwest for nine years. His material runs the gamut from crowd work to silly puns, hilarious one liners and laugh out loud stories! His topics cover good news and bad news, fatherhood, growing up hispanic, consuming large amounts of cannabis and trying to be a better person each day. You can hear John anytime by listening to Potential Problems Podcast on Itunes,Google Play, Podbean or Youtube.

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The Planet Of the Apes - 50th anniversary special of the original 1968 poster

The Planet Of the Apes - 50th anniversary special of the original 1968

Jul 27 to Jul 28
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner - 1968 - 115m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS and BUBONICON 50 special - ALL SEATS JUST $6

SCREENPLAY BY ROD SERLING, STARRING KIM HUNTER, CHARLTON HESTON, RODDY MCDOWALL & MANY OTHERS!!  DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 50 !  ALL SEATS JUST $6

Complex sociological themes run through this science-fiction classic about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves. The stunned trio discovers that these highly intellectual simians can both walk upright and talk. They have even established a class system and a political structure. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes.

“By its appeal to both the imagination and the intellect within a context of action and elemental adventure, in its relevance to the consuming issues of its time...Planet of the Apes is that rare film which will transcend all age and social groupings.” - John Mahoney, Hollywood Reporter

“As illuminatingly bleak a statement on human hubris as a Hollywood superproduction has given us.”- Keith Uhlich, Time Out

“Planet of the Apes is an amazing film.” - Variety Staff

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