“For the better part of the past decade, Don Malcolm has been presenting programs of French noir at the Roxie Theater. These are revivals of national significance, because they've changed the way people think about the genre's creation and development.”
— Mick LaSalle, Datebook •10/21/21, SF Chronicle
Midcentury Productions Executive Director Don Malcolm is pleased to announce that his groundbreaking French noir series, THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT, will be back at the Roxie this fall. "It's been a long siege for all of us," Don notes, "but we're all ready to resume our journeys on the lost continent of classic French film noir."
MCP and the Roxie have devised a segmented schedule for FRENCH '21, subtitled "Return of the Suppressed" to remind old and new viewers alike that this series (almost) exclusively specializes in French noirs not seen outside France for more than half a century.
On Sunday, October 24: a day/night lineup of four films showcasing recently deceased 60s icon Jean–Paul Belmondo (two matinée films) and the immortal Jean Gabin (two evening films, including a special screening of the iconic TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI.
The festival incorporates past favorites from the legendary seven-series run as well as new rediscoveries, including the previously ballyhooed PIEGE POUR CENDRILLON aka TRAP FOR CINDERELLA (1965), screening with our #3 all-time festival favorite COMPARTIMENT TUEURS aka THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS (1965) on Saturday evening, November 13th in a double bill Don calls "The Best of '65."
Among the highlights of the November screenings is an opening night triple bill honoring the festival's most beloved discovery, actor-director Robert Hossein (1927-2020).
Hossein will also be fêted in December when the popular NOIR NOEL event will occur on Sunday, December 12, with two more of his films, including the peerless Xmas noir LE MONTE-CHARGE.
Come join us for the return of a festival hailed in the press as "irresistible" and "the most important cog in re-envisioning the origins and history of film noir."
LE SILENCE DE LA MER
THE SILENCE OF THE SEA
San Francisco's Roxie Theatre is located at 3117 16th St. between Valencia & Guerrero, one block from 16th & Mission BART. Box Office: 415.863.1087
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