Here at Escape and Suspense!, the end of January is the time for noir-- that dark and rainy time of year when we switch our focus from vintage radio to big screen. The San Francisco Film Noir Festival arrives at the Castro Theater for ten days starting on January 22.
Well, we don't really take our attention off radio. Our purpose in attending the festival is to catch those rarely-screened noirs that include radio performers and writers from both Suspense and Escape. As usual, we will be reporting back on what we liked.
This year the festival really means business because they have put a hitchhiker on their advertising. As Suspense fans know, a "stranger on the road" is the ultimate symbol of danger.
So, what kind of trouble is Miss Noir City 2010 trying to lure us into? The theme for this year's program is lust and larceny. Each night two films are paired into a double-feature that represents these two motivators.
The program guide is available online at the Noir City website.
If you live in Seattle, keep in mind that a short version of the Noir City 8 line-up will be hosted by SIFF Cinema from February 19 - 25th. For more information visit SIFF Cinema.