Our Thirteenth Annual Festival of Film Noir !!
Jul 22 to Jul 31
Friday to the following Sunday!
1940s to 1980s - 10 days of 5 double features in the dark amongst friends & strangers!
It's a lucky 13 years now since our first foray into this enticing darkened corner of film fests! For ten amazing nights the Guild Cinema will host a most exciting film noir program that spans 40 years of choice tales on being sly, lowdown and not quite on the level!
Fri & Sat July 22 & 23: BURT LANCASTER NOIR
CRISS CROSS (4:30, 8:30)
Inflamed passions, greed, robbery and murder are the sizzling ingredients which make director Robert Siodmak's moody, powerful thriller catch fire. Burt Lancaster stars as a hardworking armored car driver with a fatal attraction to his ex-wife, Ann (Yvonne DeCarlo), now married to notorious hoodlum Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). Unable to keep himself from her, Lancaster has a secret tryst with Ann, only to be discovered by Dundee. To cover up their affair, Lancaster convinces the hoodlum that he only met Ann to get Dundee's help in robbing an upcoming payroll shipment he will be driving. The hood falls for the lie, which triggers a series of dark and foreboding events that ultimately lead to violence and death. It's classic film noir suspense from the master of the genre. Directed by Robert Siodmak. 88 mins. 1949. VIEW A TRAILER.
THE KILLERS (6:30pm)
A neglected screen classic, this is an intense, hard-edged, stylish film noir of robbery, unrequited love, brutal betrayal and double-cross. It featured two unknowns: Burt Lancaster in his film debut (at age 32) and a break-out memorable performance from 23 year old MGM contract actress Ava Gardner. Her role as the film's duplicitous, strikingly-beautiful, vixenish and unsympathetic femme fatale made Gardner an overnight love goddess and star. Directed by Robert Siodmak. 97 mins. 1946. VIEW A TRAILER.
Sun & Mon July 24 & 25: RUNNIN' & GUNNIN' NOIR - TWO LOST & RESTORED GEMS!
PRIVATE PROPERTY (4:45, 8:15)
Completely lost until UCLA Film & TV Archive recently located the only known 35mm elements, which have been restored by Cinelicious for this beautiful digital re-release! Two homicidal Southern California drifters (played to creepy perfection by Warren Oates and Corey Allen) wander off the beach and into the seemingly-perfect Beverly Hills home of unhappy housewife Kate Manx, in this long-lost film noir gem written & directed by The Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens. Shot through with shimmering sexual tension and lensed in stunning B&W by master cameraman Ted McCord (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), Private Property is both an eerie, Jim Thompson-esque thriller and a savage critique of the hollowness of the Playboy-era American Dream. When Manx, in irresistible blonde beehive and tight capri pants, purrs that she’s ready for love, her husband waves her off, muttering “Wife noises” to his buddy on the phone. Directed by Leslie Stevens. 79 mins. 1960.
WOMAN ON THE RUN (6:30pm)
A lost gem rediscovered! Thanks to the efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, this terrific 1950 film noir, the only American print of which was burned in a 2008 fire, has been rescued and restored to its original luster. Join the wild chase around San Francisco as a man goes into hiding after witnessing a gangland execution. Police bird-dog his wife Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), certain she’ll lead them to her husband, whose testimony against the killer could bring down a crime kingpin. But Eleanor and her hubbie are Splitsville—she never wants to see him again. When roguish newspaperman Danny Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe) charms Eleanor into helping him track down the hidden husband—there are unexpected, stunning, and poignant results. This nervy, shot-on-location thriller is a witty and wise look at the travails of romance and marriage, and perhaps the best cinematic depiction ever of mid-20th century San Francisco. Directed by Norman Foster. 79 mins. 1950. VIEW A TRAILER.
Tues & Wed July 26 & 27: PETER LORRE NOIR
FACE BEHIND THE MASK (5:00, 8:30)
Noir film goers favorite creepy, little guy, Peter Lorre, stars as Janos Szaby, a Hungarian immigrant watchmaker. Filled with the enthusiasm and aspirations of a newly landed immigrant, Janos experiences tragedy in a boardinghouse fire that leaves his face hideously disfigured. Refused employment due to his appearance, Janos turns to theft. Eventually, he becomes the leader of a gang of thieves and raises enough money to commission the creation of a realistic, latex mask of his own face. Directed by Robert Florey. 69 mins. 1941.
THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS (6:30pm)
A mystery novelist, (played by Peter Lorre), on vacation in Istanbul, is given the opportunity to view the body of the recently deceased criminal mastermind Dimitrios Makropoulos. Upon seeing the body, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the story behind the crime lord's rise to power. With the help of a local police inspector, the writer journeys across Europe, piecing together a sordid narrative of Dimitrios' life, and uncovering long buried secrets. Sidney Greenstreet co-stars. Directed by Jean Negulesco. 95 mins. 1944. VIEW A TRAILER.
Thurs & Fri July 28 & 29: AMNESIA NOIR
CRACK-UP (4:30, 8:00)
After a train wreck sends an art critic (Pat O'Brien) into a mental tailspin, he's fired from his job at a New York art museum. Seems unjust - until you learn there was no train wreck. This overlooked, nervy, film noir explores the sinister world of violence, and the monied world of aesthetics as the O'Brien character attempts to reconstruct what really happened that leads him to murder, mania, and international conspiracy. Directed by Irving Reis. 93 mins. 1946. VIEW A TRAILER.
TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE (6:30pm)
An amnesiac must prove himself innocent of murder in this twisty noir mystery from director Anthony Mann, starring Tom “The Falcon” Conway and Ann Rutherford (Inside Job). On the corner of a fog-bound street, a disoriented man (Conway) is nearly run down when he stumbles in front of a taxi. Unable to recall his name or past, he soon discovers that a man answering his description is wanted for murder. Aided by the cab’s cynical driver (Rutherford), the suspect poses as a reporter to solve the crime even though all clues point to his guilt. Anticipating the atmospheric trappings of Mann’s classic film noirs (T-Men, Raw Deal), Two O’Clock Courage is a unique combination of genre archetypes and banter, and features future femme fatale Jane Greer (Out of the Past) in her first credited screen role. Directed by Anthony Mann. 68 mins. 1945. VIEW A TRAILER.
Sat & Sun July 30 & 31: 80'S SEDUCTRESS NOIR
BODY HEAT (3:30, 8:30)
William Hurt and Kathleen Turner strike sparks in Lawrence Kasdan's directorial debut, a sexy, haunting tale of desire and skullduggery that echoes 1940s film noirs but is charged with an energy and passion that could only flare in the '80s. Aided by a sultry John Barry score, just sit back and bask in this contemporary classic's wicked warmth. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. 113 mins. 1981. VIEW A TRAILER.
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE - 1981 (6pm)
Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange star in this sexually charged thriller by Bob Rafaelson (FIVE EASY PIECES, HEAD) about the illicit love affair between a drifter and the restless wife of a gruff, middle-aged roadhouse owner. Torn between a desperate need for each other and their desire for money, they plot a murder--which leads to shattering consequences. Directed by Bob Rafaelson. 122 mins. 1981. VIEW A TRAILER.
Sound of Redemption: the Frank Morgan Story
Saturday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. N.C. Heikin - 2016 - 85m - All Seats $7
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER MUSICIAN MATT SAVAGE WHO SCORED THIS DOCUMENTARY TO DISCUSS AND DO Q&A AFTER THE SCREENING!
By 15 years old, Frank Morgan was an accomplished saxophonist, playing with the likes of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. As his notoriety grew, so did a steady heroin addiction, landing him in and out of jail for over 30 years. With so much incarcerated musical talent, San Quentin in the 1950s held one of the leading 16 man jazz groups in the country. The Sound of Redemption offers a frank look into the ups and downs of Morgan's life and a reflective look at african-american culture in 1950s Los Angeles. Centered around a 2012 tribute to the man in San Quentin penitentiary, friends, musical mentors, ex-lovers, and family look on and reminisce about the happy-sad life of the great Frank Morgan. This documentary is recommended for College and University Music Departments.
“2015 has been a great year for music docs, with films about Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Kurt Cobain and the Wrecking Crew all scoring with audiences and critics. And here, at year's end, comes "Sound of Redemption" — as good as any.” - Los Angeles Times
“It’s a fond and forgiving tribute to the man, filled with music that moves beyond happy and sad, and toward something like brilliance.” - New York Times
April and the Extraordinary World
Jul 30 to Jul 31
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon Only!
Dir. Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci - 2016 - 103m - France - In English - MOM'S MATINEE returns with a fantastic French animated stunner! ALL SEATS JUST $5
Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (voiced by Academy Award® nominee Marion Cotillard) lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies.
New English dub featuring Paul Giamatti, Tony Hale, Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons on select shows!
“MIYAZAKI MEETS PIXAR!” - The Verge
“DOWNRIGHT EXTRAORDINARY!” - Village Voice
“BEAUTIFUL, INVENTIVE, AND UNCANNILY SATISFYING!” - The New York Times
Bubba Ho Tep!
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Don Coscarelli - 2003 - 92m - ALL SEATS $8
From the director of PHANTASM, BEASTMASTER and JOHN DIES AT THE END! Also based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by acclaimed author Joe R. Lansdale!
Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis.
We find the King (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death", then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds!
"Mind-blowing in its originality, Bubba Ho-tep transcends the "late-night cult" genre by virtue of captivating performances by Campbell and Davis, and the assured direction of Don Coscarelli. Coscarelli handles the bizarre material with such precision that you actually believe that Elvis and JFK are alive and not quite well. He treats the characters, and old age for that matter, with such respect that no matter how absurd things become, you are completely with him. Bubba Ho-tep, with its cinematic flash and terrifically offbeat humor, is a fantastic story of redemption, courage and friendship." - CineVegas International Film Festival
"BUBBA HO-TEP IS A MASTERPIECE IN ITS OWN RIGHT" - Guido Henkel, DVD Review
"A SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF AMERICAN CINEMA" - Nick Digilio, WGN Chicago (MP3 AUDIO)
"DON COSCARELLI'S DELIGHTFUL INDEPENDENT FEATURE" - Dave Kehr, New York Times
"BRUCE CAMPBELL IN A PERFORMANCE FOR THE AGES" - David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter
Intolerance - a 100th anniversary special!
Aug 6 to Aug 7
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!
Dir. D.W. Griffith - 1916 - 150m approx. - All Seats Just $5
To be shown on actual sprocketed film! Sourced from a beautiful, complete original roadshow print that was discovered in South America, with a synchronized musical score! An AUNTIE JO' special presentation!!
D.W. Griffith's towering epic of man's inhumanity to man throughout the ages, "Intolerance" is considered the greatest film of the silent era and perhaps the greatest film ever made. Four separate stories are interwoven: the fall of Babylon, the death of Christ, the massacre of the Huguenots, and a contemporary drama, all crosscut and building with enormous energy to a thrilling chase and finale. Through the juxtaposition of these well known sagas, Griffith joyously makes clear his markedly deterministic view of history, namely that the suffering of the innocents makes possible the salvation of the current generation, symbolized by the boy in the modern love story.
“One of the great breakthroughs -- the Ulysses of the cinema -- and a powerful, moving experience in its own right.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
“Intolerance looks both backward and forward. The strong exploit the weak, it cries, and all governments throughout history are evil.” - Aaron Cutler, Village Voice
“Intolerance reflects much credit to the wizard director, for it required no small amount of genuine art to consistently blend actors, horses, monkeys, geese, doves, acrobats and ballets into a composite presentation of a film classic.” - Variety Staff
PETER VAN HORNE'S SOFT LOOKS 35mm TRAILER SHOW !
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. varies - 1970s & 80s - 75m approx - ALL SEATS $8 - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!
An IMEC special presentation in conjunction with their exhibition show "Soft Looks: Soft Core Poster Art From The Archives of Peter Van Horne" beginning in July!
BONUS: Peter Van Horne in person for talk & discussion!
Take a trip back to the golden age of adult cinema with an eyepopping collection of vintage 35mm trailers from 1960s through the 1980s, from ribald nudie cuties to bizarre porno chic epics!
Aug 13 to Aug 14
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Joseph Von Sternberg - 1932 - 82m - ALL SEATS JUST $5
AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!
One of the most famous and influential star-director collaborations in the history of cinema, Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg made seven features together which immortalized the actress as a glamorous and enigmatic movie siren while confirming the director's reputation as a supreme stylist of mood, atmosphere and eroticism through his dazzling command of the medium. Set against the backdrop of a Chinese civil war, SHANGHAI EXPRESS is an opulent romantic adventure that focuses on a diverse group of passengers traveling by express train from Peking to Shanghai. Among them is Captain Doc Harvey (Clive Brook), who finds himself, reunited with his former lover, now an infamous adventuress who calls herself Shanghai Lily (Marlene Dietrich). Desire and deception follow, culminating in a tense hostage situation when their train is hijacked by a Chinese warlord.
“It is by all odds the best picture Josef von Sternberg has directed.” - Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
“Shanghai Express is a picture of the new school, and when Marlene Dietrich promises Warner Oland to visit him at his castle if he will refrain from destroying Clive Brook's eyesight with a red hot poker, you will not find the situation banal.” - TIME Magazine
A Small Good Thing
Aug 20 to Aug 21
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Pamela Tanner Boll - 2016 - 71m - Director Pamela Tanner Boll and producer Paula Kirk in person for discussion!
While the philosophy of “more is better” has been key to American economic success for the past 50 years, we now find ourselves backed into an isolated corner — where our devices, celebrity entertainment, dream homes and wealth aren’t making us any happier.
“A Small Good Thing” explores how the American Dream has reached its end and how for most of us, greater material wealth and upward mobility are no longer possible. To find out what is taking its place, this feature documentary follows six people in one community who have recast their lives so they can live with a sense of meaning.
"The stories from six individuals, who have chosen to lead lives that truly make them happy, are interesting and engaging but it’s the pace of the film that allows the audience’ time to contemplate the ideals that they personally are striving for." - New England Film.com
“This award-winning documentary ‘A Small Good Thing,’ offers a few perspectives on happiness without pontificating. Without taking a religious avenue but more of a spiritual one, ‘A Small Good Thing’ delivers a few ingredients of what is truly important in life, perspectives banished from wealth, from technology, and seeping in human interaction.” - Boston Performing Arts | Examiner.com
RAIDERS! The Full Length Adaption! double featured with the documentary!
Aug 23 to Aug 25
Tuesday to Thursday 8pm ONLY!
Dir. Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala - 1989 - 115m - No Matinees so come see the early documentary at 5:45pm for the double feature!!
In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos, eleven, asked Eric Zala, twelve, a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake Raiders of the Lost Ark? I'm playing Indiana Jones.”
And they did it.
Every shot, every line of dialogue, every stunt. They borrowed and collected costumes, convinced neighborhood kids to wear grass skirts and play natives, cast a fifteen-year-old as Indys love interest, rounded up seven thousand snakes (sort of), built the Ark, the Idol, the huge boulder, found a desert in Mississippi, and melted the bad guys faces off.
AND THIS IS THE MOVIE THEY MADE!! COME SEE THIS TOTALLY FUN, ASTONISHING, MINDBLOWINGLY RESOURCEFUL DEDICATION ON THE BIG SCREEN!
Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
Aug 23 to Aug 25
Tuesday to Thursday 3:45, 5:45
Dir. Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon - 2016 - 93m
THE 5:45PM SHOW WILL BE DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE FULL LENGTH ACTUAL "ADAPTATION" AT 8PM! NOTE: NO DOUBLE FEATURE FOR THE 3:45PM MATINEE!
The true, decades-spanning tale of the greatest fan film ever made. BONUS! a skype interview with on or both of the directors after the 5:45pm show on Thursday August 25!!
After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene...except one; the film's explosive airplane set piece.
Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends' dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic.
“Never short of entertaining, 'Raiders!' captures the obsessive hold movies have on young people’s imaginations.” - Variety
Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon
Aug 27 to Aug 28
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!
Dir. Mike Disa - 2016 - 85m - MOM'S MATINEE brings a brand new one! All Seats Just $5
Featuring voices by Alicia Silverstone, Ashlee Simpson & other surprises t.b.a.
This is the third installment in the Space Dogs brand, which includes Space Dogs 3D & TV series Space Dogs Family! Get ready to blast off to an out-of-this-world adventure with canine teenage astronaut, Pushok, who is determined to find his missing astronaut father. Against all odds, Pushok stows away on a US rocket ship to the moon but soon finds he is not alone, as he is reunited with his mom and encounters a macho monkey and a baby alien. Together, the furry heroes learn the true meaning of teamwork as they join the search for Pushok’s dad.
NOT FILM - the new doc on Samuel Beckett's FILM, a double feature!
Aug 30 to Sep 1
Tuesday to Thursday 3:30, 6:30pm
Dir. Ross Lippman - 2016 - 128m - No Matinees
In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film. Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving a Nobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett’s canonization. The film they made along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset, and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman, has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades. Yet the eclectic participants are just one part of a story that stretches to the very birth of cinema, and spreads out to our understanding of human consciousness itself.
NOTFILM is the feature-length movie on FILM’s production and its philosophical implications, utilizing additional outtakes, never before heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements.
Samuel Beckett's FILM - the legendary collaboration with Buster Keaton restored!
Aug 30 to Sep 1
Tuesday to Thursday 5:45, 8:45
Dir. Samuel Beckett - 1965 - 22m - No matinees so do the double feature!!
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE NEW DOCUMENTARY ON THIS LEGENDARY COLLABORATION NOTFILM
Samuel Beckett, the celebrated author of Waiting for Godot, made a single work for projected cinema. It’s in essence a chase film; the craziest ever committed to celluloid. It’s a chase between camera and pursued image that finds existential dread embedded in the very apparatus of the movies itself. The link to cinema’s essence is evident in the casting, as the chased object is none other than an aged Buster Keaton, who was understandably befuddled at Beckett and director Alan Schneider’s imperative that he keep his face hidden from the camera’s gaze. The archetypal levels resonate further in the exquisite cinematography of Academy Award-winner Boris Kaufman, whose brothers Dziga Vertov and Mikhail Kaufman created the legendary self-reflexive masterpiece Man With a Movie Camera. Commissioned and produced by Grove Press’s Barney Rosset, FILM is at once the product of a stunningly all-star assembly of talent, and a cinematic conundrum that asks more questions than it answers.
RESTORED BY: UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE, IN COOPERATION WITH THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE. PRESERVATION FUNDED THROUGH THE AVANT-GARDE MASTERS PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE FILM FOUNDATION AND ADMINISTERED BY THE NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION FOUNDATION. LABORATORY SERVICES BY CINETECH, ASCENT MEDIA, NT PICTURE AND SOUND, DOLBY LABORATORIES, AND AUDIO MECHANICS. SPECIAL THANKS TO: THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE, EDWARD BECKETT, NICOLE BRENEZ, LES ÉDITIONS DE MINUIT, EVERGREEN REVIEW, DAVID GRAY, SHAWN JONES, JONATHAN LEE, IRÈNE LINDON, BRUCE MAZEN, THE PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE, BARNEY AND ASTRID ROSSET.
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Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form - A Free AIA Movie Night Special
Thursday 7pm ONLY!
Dir. Aimee Madsen - 2014 - 80m - An AIA Albuquerque movie night! Free but seating is limited so you must pick up a ticket first!
FREE Tickets are available at our box office beginning at 6pm the day of - Seating is limited - TWO TICKETS PER PERSON, PLEASE!
BONUS! THE DIRECTOR & ONE OF THE PRODUCERS WILL BE IN PERSON FOR TALK & DISCUSSION!
“Genre and ground-breaking architect Paolo Soleri remains largely unknown outside of architectural circles, but his legacy as an artist, builder and urban theorist is staggering. Narrated by actor-activist Peter Coyote, Aimee Madsen’s documentary takes a close look at Soleri’s origins and lifelong labor of love–the futuristic city of Arcosanti which Soleri sets in the unforgiving desert outside Phoenix, Arizona. Inspiring a near cultlike following rivaled only by the passionate devotees of the architectural giant Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri’s city continues to grow piece-by-piece long after the death of its creator. Soleri is the most interesting architect you’ve never heard of.” - Herb Stratford (program director Napa Valley Film Festival
“Soleri’s life and work have been memorialized in a beautiful and soulful film.” - Taz Loomans
“The film has humor, beauty and spectacular cinematography!” - Steve Weiss