Music Box Theatre to Present NOIR CITY: CHICAGO Film Festival, 8/23-29
For the fifth year, Music Box Theatre presents Noir City: Chicago in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation. The eagerly anticipated annual festival combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics from the post-War film noir heyday. The "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller and noir author-historian Alan K. Rode will be in attendance throughout the week to host and introduce films. Noir City: Chicago unspools Friday August 23-Thursday, August 29 at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue. Tickets for individual films are $10; double feature tickets are $15; and a Festival Pass is $75 at http://noircitychicago.com.
Over seven days, Music Box will screen 17 films noirs that run the gamut from classics like Sunset Boulevard to the long-lost High Tide and criminally overlooked Try and Get Me! starring Lloyd Bridges. Uncharacteristic Technicolor noirs include Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe, the Cinemascope soap opera,Violent Saturday, with Lee Marvin, and the Oscar-nominated Leave Her to Heaven. There's even a Douglas Sirk film noir: Sleep, My Love. Not available on DVD, three of the films - the Faustian Alias Nick Beal starring Ray Milland; the supernatural Night Has a Thousand Eyes starring Edward G. Robinson; and the amnesiac Street of Chance starring Burgess Meredith - are true rarities, brought back by Universal Pictures in 35mm prints exclusively for Noir City.
"The Film Noir Foundation has brought a spotlight to preservation efforts for a once-neglected genre of films," says Music Box programmer Douglas McLaren. "Their restoration efforts breathe new life into forgotten films. Every film is fantastic and well worth taking a chance on. It's one of the most fun weeks in the calendar to program, and I look forward to it every year.