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Femme fatales and fast-paced dialogue: a celebration of film at the 21st annual Noir City: Hollywood film festival

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Danger, desire and despair. These are just some of the key elements that make a classic noir film.

One of the biggest celebrations of noir films, Noir City: Hollywood, celebrates its 21st anniversary this weekend and returns to the Egyptian theater for a 10-night event filled with femme fatales and quick paced, poetic dialogue.

Films from the festival include noir classics such as Joan Crawford’s 1952 film Sudden Fear, 1956’s A Kiss Before Dying with Robert Wagner, Humphrey Bogart’s The Harder They Fall & 1958’s Touch of Evil, directed by Orson Welles and starring Charlton Heston.

Eddie Muller, host of the Noir City: Hollywood film festival joins Larry and our FilmWeek critics to discuss the fun and fascinating history behind film noir.

Do you have a favorite noir film? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Noir City: Hollywood kicks off tonight, Friday, March 29 and ends Sunday, April 7 at the Egyptian Theatre.  


Eddie Muller, host of Noir City: Hollywood 2019 and “Noir Alley” on Turner Classic Movies, and the founder and president of the Film Noir Society; he tweets @EddieMuller

Lael Loewenstein, KPCC film critic; she tweets @LAELLO

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and