Forget the read carpet & paparazzi, it’s all about black & white at this film fest.

The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival is one of my favorite film festivals that takes place in the Coachella Valley all year long.  Not only is a rare occasion to watch this era on the big screen, but some of these films that are going to be screened this season are so rare you can’t even find them on Netflicks (*gasp*)!  Rarities on the silver screen…a weekend you don’t want to miss.  

Even if you aren’t the biggest “film nerd”, but you are a lover, catching a Film Noir is a classy and sophisticated date.  It’s an occasion to dress up, go out, have a martini and add just a pinch of drama to your life.

Lovers, loners and film nerds alike…come check out the Film Noir Festival this weekend, you’ll be glad you did.  All information provided below.  Enjoy!


Film Noir 2012 in palm springs, ca

presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center

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ABOUT:

Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader Arthur Lyons, this unique festival features an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era. Laden with period post war cynicism, these glorious black and white films are laden with suspense, sexuality and crime portrayed from the perspective of the criminals.

Each year, the festival showcases the best of film noir accentuated by a scintillating array of movie stars who appear on stage for post screening Q&A discussions, autographs and book signings.

The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Film Festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous gifts of corporate sponsors and individual donors who believe that Palm Springs should be the home of one of the best film noir Film Festivals in the world!

For more information on the how to support the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
email Jason Bruecks

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SHOW TIMES & FILM INFO:

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Thursday, May 16th @ 7:30 PM
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THREE STRANGERS (1946) 92 minutes 
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Three people are bound together by the shared destiny of a winning lottery ticket and a strange ritual as intertwined lives morph into a labyrinth of plot twists, character skeletons and stunning denouements. John Huston was reputedly inspired to pen this perverse tale after buying a strange statue while vacationing in London. Starring rotund Sydney Greenstreet as a grasping solicitor with Peter Lorre as a criminal bon vivant and Geraldine Fitzgerald’s ominous femme fatale. Directed by Jean Negulesco, this underappreciated classic is presented in a sparkling 35mm print that was funded by TheFilm Noir Foundation. 
 
Following the screening, an on-stage discussion is scheduled with author, director and son of Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sir Michael Lindsay Hogg. Sir Michael will be signing his book, Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York and Points Beyond in the lobby before and after the screening. 
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Friday, May 17th @ 10:00 AM
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ALIAS NICK BEAL (1949) 93 minutes, RARE SCREENING! 
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An honest district attorney (Thomas Mitchell), desperate to convict a powerful mobster, makes the classical Faustian deal with the Devil i.e. the shadowy Nick Beal (Ray Milland) and his fulsome apprentice Audrey Totter. Also starring George Macready, Fred Clark and Darryl Hickman. This rarely seen gem helmed by John Farrow and presented in a 35mm print memorably melds supernatural fable with a postwar urban noir motif. NOT ON DVD. 
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Friday, May 17th @ 1:00 PM
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MARY RYAN, DETECTIVE (1949) 68 minutes ULTRA-RARITY!
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Police detective Mary Ryan (Marsha Hunt) goes undercover in stir and on the lam to break up a ruthless gang of jewel thieves. This breezy, fast-paced crime drama is a recent rediscovery from the vault of Sony-Columbia and was the sole entry of a contemplatedfilm series starring the redoubtable Miss Hunt. NOT ON DVD. 
 
Following the screening, an on-stage discussion is scheduled with actress and activist Marsha Hunt.
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Friday, May 17th @ 4:00 PM
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TRY AND GET ME! (1950) 91 minutes
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An actual 1934 kidnapping and murder in San Jose, California is the basis for one of the most under appreciated films of the classic noir era. Adapted by Jo Pagano from his novel and alternately titled THE SOUND OF FURY, this unrelenting gripper is highlighted by Lloyd Bridges and Frank Lovejoy who co-star as a star-crossed criminal duo. One of the final U.S.films directed by Cy Endfield before his blacklist exile in England is presented in a FilmNoir Foundation funded restored 35mm print by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in 2012. 
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Friday, May 17th @ 7:30 PM
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EDGE OF DOOM (1950) 99 minutes RARE SCREENING!
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An inner-city priest is murdered as a mentally disturbed young man from the slums (Farley Granger) goes on a revenge spree in this bleak, disturbing crime drama directed by Mark Robson. The sole film of its type produced by the legendary Samuel Goldwyn also stars Dana Andrews, Joan Evans, Paul Stewart, Mala Powers and Adele Jergens. NOT ON DVD. 
 
Following the screening, an on-stage discussion is scheduled with actress Joan Evans.
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Saturday, May 18th @ 10:00 AM
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HIGH TIDE (1947) 72 minutes ULTRA-RARITY!
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The tide rolls in at Malibu as two dying men trapped in a wrecked car- a cynical newspaper editor (Lee Tracy) and his former reporter turned private eye (Don Castle) contemplate how they arrived at their shared fate. An emblematic, post war film noir directed by John Reinhardt has all the trimmings: lust, larceny and fatalism amid Los Angeles locations. AFilm Noir Foundation funded restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive that was completed earlier this year. NOT ON DVD
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Saturday, May 18th @ 1:00 PM 
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STRANGE ILLUSION (1945) 87 minutes
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STRANGE ILLUSION (1945)
An unlikely creative alliance between Shakespeare and low budget movie maestro Edgar G. Ulmer birthed an atmospheric psychological thriller that is equal parts mystery, melodrama and Freudian dream. Starring Jimmy Lydon, Warren William, Sally Eilers and Regis Toomey. Presented in a restored 35mm print from the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
 
Following the screening, an on-stage discussion is scheduled with actor/producer Jimmy Lydon.
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Saturday, May 18th @ 4:00 PM
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CHAMPION (1949) 99 minutes
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CHAMPION (1949)
Kirk Douglas skyrocketed to stardom as ruthless boxer Midge Kelly who steps on and over everyone in his orbit during his journey to the top of the heap. Directed by Mark Robson and scripted by Carl Foreman, this compelling story about the dark side of the sweet science was nominated for six Academy Awards with set-piece supporting performances by Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman and Lola Albright. Presented in a restored 35mm archival print from the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
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Saturday, May 18th @ 7:30 PM
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MURDER, INC. (1960) 103 minutes
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Unrelentingly grim crime drama based on the 1951 best seller penned by Assistant D.A. Burton Turkis is a no-holds barred account of the Syndicate’s murder-for-hire business in Depression era Brooklyn. Sublime performances by Stuart Whitman, May Britt and Peter Falk in a stunning film debut. Filmed on location in New York City and co-directed by Stuart Rosenberg and Burt Balaban. 
 
Following the screening, an on-stage discussion is scheduled with actor Stuart Whitman. 
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Sunday, May 19th @ 10:00 AM
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THE SUSPECT (1944) 85 minutes
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THE SUSPECT (1944
Perhaps the finest Alfred Hitchcock film that wasn’t made by the Master of Suspense, but was splendidly directed by Robert Siodmak. Set in London circa 1902, Charles Laughton wonderfully underplays as an unhappy tobacconist married to a shrewish nag (Rosalind Ivan). What will happen after Laughton discovers redemptive love with a much younger Ella Raines? With Stanley Ridges and Henry Daniell. NOT ON DVD
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Sunday, May 19th @ 1:00 PM
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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944) 93 minutes
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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944)
Celebrate the Yuletide with the film noir alternative courtesy of author Somerset Maugham and director Robert Siodmak. A jilted soldier (Richard Whorf) attends midnightmass with a brothel chanteuse (Deanna Durbin) who relates the story of her marriage to a socially prominent charmer (Gene Kelly) and his controlling Mother (Gale Sondergaard). One of the most bizarre and captivating films of Hollywood’s Golden Age!
 
Following the screening of Christmas Holiday, an on-stage discussion is scheduled with Special Guest,Patricia Ward Kelly.
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Sunday, May 19th @ 4:00 PM
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THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950) 112 minutes
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THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950)
John Huston’s cinematic masterpiece transcends era and genre to remain the indelible apotheosis of the now-venerable “heist-gone wrong” film. Brilliant performances by an ensemble cast including Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Brad Dexter and a youthfully lush Marilyn Monroe that must be seen on the big screen to be properly appreciated. Scripted by Ben Maddow and Huston from W.R. Burnett’s novel.
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TICKET INFORMATION:

TICKET PRICES:
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Matinee: $11 (10:00 AM Show) – General $13 (1:00 PM, 4:00 PM & 7:30 PM Shows)
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