A RARE NOIR IS GOOD TO FIND 2
INTERNATIONAL NOIR REVISITED ▪ 1947-1966 ▪ 12 NOIRS/11 COUNTRIES
FRI-MON, MAY 5-8 ▪ ROXIE THEATRE
Presented by Mid-Century Productions
The man who has showcased more than 60 (sixty!) films not seen on American movie screens in more than 50 (fifty!) years is at it again this spring.
Not content merely to crack open the sarcophagus for lost French film noir, Don Malcolm is staking territory across four continents in bringing his second international noir festival to the Roxie Theatre beginning on Cinco de Mayo (May 5).
Eleven countries—Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Poland, South Korea and Switzerland—provide further proof of Malcolm's contention that "the world turned dark" in the years following World War II.
“People were caught unaware a couple of years ago when we screened more than a dozen international noirs not seen on American screens in more than half a century—and, in some cases, never screened here at all,“ Malcolm notes. ”That's not the case any longer—both our loyal viewers and the media have taken notice. As strong as our 2015 lineup was, this time around is an even better reflection of just how pervasive dark cinema was in those years. Think of it as a gauge for the cultural PTSD unleashed by the aftermath of war.”
RARE NOIR 2 shows noir in all its guises and sub-genres—and it hits the big screen in a way that watching at home simply cannot replicate. Come join us on yet another dark voyage of discovery!
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OPENING NIGHT- FRI, MAY 5
Join us for the ultra-rare Mexican noir, Camino del Infierno (aka The Road to Hell), starring Leticia Palma and Pedro Armendáriz.
WED, APRIL 26 - ROXIE THEATRE
Talk about noir situations...a "so-called" President hell-bent on a mission to undermine democratic institutions and reverse the social progress of the past fifty years. As part of our resistance to these callow, callous efforts, Midcentury Productions humbly requests your presence at a special evening of social justice programming that honors the courageous work of artists who spoke out for progressive causes during similar times of crisis in America's past.
At 6pm on Wednesday, April 26 please join us at the Roxie for screenings of three landmark social justice works: first, "The Benefactor," a 1962 episode of THE DEFENDERS, reminding us of the pre-Roe v. Wade world that was once America (and must never be again); next, a newly restored 35mm print of OPEN SECRET (1948), a taut B-noir starring John Ireland as a man who discovers a hate-crime mob at work in a small town; and—last but by no means least—CROSSFIRE (1947), arguably the greatest social justice noir of the classic era, where our "land of the free" is drenched in the darkness of a post-WWII malaise where "hate is a loaded gun," featuring noir icons Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum and Gloria Grahame in a film still laden with disturbing reverberations for present-day America. Go here for additional info. We urge you to attend on this very special evening—let's all fight for our future by honoring those in the past who did the same. → TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
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