FILM NOIR – 22 Newly Restored Classics Coming To The Roxie

From the vaults of Columbia Pictures
The Best of Columbia Noir – September 17th through 30th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

FILM NOIR returns to San Francisco’s Roxie Theater with a vengeance! This past May, audiences were treated to two full weeks of rare B noirs as part of the “I Wake Up Dreaming” festival which only seemed to remind everyone that The Roxie is the place to be for classic, high quality Film Noir. Elliot Lavinein has responded to the huge demand from noir enthusiasts all over the Bay Area. He has programmed a stupendous thirteen-day fest of noir classics and curios from the famed vaults of Columbia Pictures. A total of twenty-two great films, currently unavailable on DVD, will be presented in beautiful 35mm studio vault prints.

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From Thursday, September 17th through Wednesday, September 30th (no program Wednesday, September 23rd), audiences will thrill to such works as Nicholas Ray’s KNOCK ON ANY DOOR, Jacques Tourneur’s NIGHTFALL, Fritz Lang’s HUMAN DESIRE, Don Siegel’s THE LINE UP, Joseph H. Lewis’ MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS and SO DARK THE NIGHT, Samuel Fuller’s THE CRIMSON KIMONO, Robert Rossen’s JOHNNY O’CLOCK, Irving Lerner’s MURDER BY CONTRACT and CITY OF FEAR and many more.

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Many of Columbia’s higher profile noirs have sadly slipped through the cracks due to scant or non-existent VHS or DVD versions. Major directors like Fuller, Ray and Siegel are woefully under-represented in this way and odd-ball gems like Richard Quine’s steamy PUSHOVER (1954) with Fred MacMurray and Kim Novak; and Paul Wendkos’ remarkably strange and dark film, THE BURGLAR (1957), from the novel by David Goodis starring Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield. Also included is an early film from William Castle, THE WHISTLER (1944) and Will Jason’s rarely screened, stylish and disturbing horror-noir hybrid SOUL OF A MONSTER (1944).

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Double Feature Admission price is $11. A “Noir Pass” provides one admission to each double feature program.
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Best Of Columbia Noir

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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