Sunday, May 15, 2011

I Wake Up Dreaming: Haunted World of the B Film Noir at The Roxie

I meant to write about the two-week film noir festival at San Francisco's Roxie Theater, but I got sidetracked. It started Friday, May 13 (of course--the perfect night to begin a film noir B-movie festival), and runs through May 28. Billing itself a showcase for darkly demented B budget curios of American style, most of the films are not available at a store near you. This is a great chance to see low-budget, hard-edged weirdness on the big screen, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the real-life noir of today's gentrifying Mission District.

Rated: dark. Synopsis here. Show dates/times (don't go by the synopsis page--it's on hashish or something).

Female violence in The Story of Molly X (1949)

Witness to Murder (1954) with Barbara Stanwyck and George Sanders--pinch me, I must be imagining the perfect dream cast!

Private Hell 36 (1954) written by and starring the great Ida Lupino.

Wait, you haven't seen Kiss Me Deadly? Probably one of the most disturbing films I've ever had the displeasure of seeing, but it's worth it for shock value alone. And it's been very influential over the years.

1 comment:

Tuckers said...

Damn that Mollie X movie looks brilliant! I've never seen a real fisticuffs between women in film. It was actually a really well choreographed fight seen. And the falling out of the tree excuse was excellent. I want to see that movie!