Our Fourteenth Annual Festival of Film Noir !!

Jul 21 to Jul 30
Friday to the following Sunday!

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

It's a blast of 14 years now since our first foray into this enticing darkened corner of film fests! For ten amazing nights the Guild Cinema will host a most exciting film noir program that spans 40 years of choice tales on being sly, lowdown and not quite on the level! 



Joan Bennett plays a middle class housewife who conceals her daughter’s accidental killing of a seedy lover.  Blackmail develops as small-time crook James Mason complicates everything as he becomes infatuated with Bennett!  French master Max Ophuls directed four films in Hollywood during the war, and this is considered to be his finest. Watch for the gliding camerawork and…staircases!  Directed by Max Ophuls. 82 mins. 1949.  VIEW A TRAILER.



Our Barbara Stanwyck offering, directed by the ever clever Robert Siodmak. Stanwyck plays a temptress who seduces a District Attorney (Wendell Corey) into that ever lurking web of deceit and murder.  Questions into Thelma’s file from the past lead to conflicted cover-ups and pending disaster.    Directed by Jean Negulesco.  95 mins. 1944.  VIEW A TRAILER.

Thurs & Fri July 27 & 28: MIND BENDER NOIR!

HIGH WALL (4:30, 8:15)

Steven Kenet (Robert Taylor) says he killed his wife, but even he doesn't really know. A wartime head trauma has left him subject to disorientations and blackouts. So Kenet enters a psych ward where, the DA asserts, he'll hide behind the wall of an insanity plea.  But truth cannot hide. And Kenet - assisted by a ward doctor (Audrey Totter) - is driven to find that truth. With bravura use of genre trademarks like expressionist shadows and subjective camera, director Curtis Bernhardt (Possessed) builds a High Wall into a film noir psychological thriller that, little noted its day, is ready for an honored place amid the shadowy shrines of noir. Go behind the wall into the inner sanctum of noir and consciousness.  Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. 99 mins. 1947.  VIEW A TRAILER.



This classy film-noir chiller, starring Star Trek’s Deforest Kelley and based on a Cornell Woolwich’s story, involves a man who is commits murder while under hypnosis. He then seeks a detective's aid after experiencing nightmares that are too real. Their investigation leads them to a strange mansion.  Directed by Maxwell Shane.  72 mins. 1947.  VIEW A CLIP.

Sat & Sun July 29 & 30: 80'S NEON NOIR

MANHUNTER (3:00, 8:00)

A cool procedural thriller based on the pre SILENCE OF THE LAMB novel RED DRAGON that opts for oppressive brightness, empty space and disconcerting splashes of colour  Will Graham (William Petersen) is a burned-out FBI agent who retired after hunting and capturing Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox), a psychopathic but brilliant serial killer. Will reluctantly returns to work to help find a new killer, who specializes in killing entire families. Will uses his empathic understanding of the motivations of the killers to help catch them, despite the psychological toll this takes upon him and his family. Brian Cox, in a great cameo as Hannibal Lektor, gives an interestingly physical and sexually menacing performance in a role which later won an Academy Award for Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Tom Noonan, in an interesting, psychologically complex performance, plays the killer whom he makes surprisingly understandable. Joan Allen is also fine as the blind woman whom the killer falls in love with. Their love scene -- as the killer experiences compassion and normal sexual attraction for the first time -- is outstanding and unforgettable.   Directed by Michael Mann. 120 mins. 1986.  VIEW A TRAILER.


TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (5:30pm)

William Petersen (Manhunter) and Willem Dafoe (John Wick) face off in a deadly game of cat and mouse in this "riveting", (The New York Times) action-thriller from the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection. This raw tale of corruption and revenge features one of the most harrowing car chases ever caught on film and a shockingly explosive ending.   Federal agent Richard Chance (Petersen) has a score to settle, and he’s through playing by the rules. Whether that means blackmailing a beautiful parolee, disobeying direct orders or hurtling the wrong way down a crowded freeway, he vows to take down a murderous counterfeiter (Dafoe) by any means necessary.  Directed by William Friedkin.  116 mins. 1985.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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