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Off-Ramp Recommends: Festival replicates old school Film Noir experience

Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre hosts the 19th annual film noir festival from March 24 - April 1.
Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre hosts the 19th annual film noir festival from March 24 - April 1.

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If you are a loyal Off-Ramp listener you might remember that - as Tim Cogshell told us - film noir is a style, not a genre.

All the essential noir elements are present and accounted for at the 19th annual Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. This year the festival replicates the movie going experience of the film noir era by showcasing a major studio “A” picture paired with a shorter “B” movie – just like theaters did back in the day.

The American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation  have scoured the archives to bring back some of the rarities from its festival at the Egyptian in years past, and they’ve also uncovered many never-before-screened titles. Many of the films are new 35mm prints, films that have never made it to DVD, and some of the films are also celebrating their 70th anniversary screenings.

The film series kicks off today with a screening of “This Gun For Hire” and “Quiet Please, Murder,” which features the Los Angeles Public Library as the scene of a crime - and not just an overdue book.

The festival runs through Sunday, April 2th and features two films each night. Other screenings include “Lady On The Train,” “The Accused,” and “The Big Heat." Some of flickering black and white films feature golden age of Hollywood stars such as Lucille Ball, Gloria Grahame, Evelyn Keyes, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Loretta Young, and work by directors such as Otto Preminger and Fritz Lang.

Noir City: Hollywood is presented by the Film Noir Foundation and the American Cinematheque and is sponsored by Warner Archive, Golden Age, Bonhams, Hoccomocco Pictures/Thin Ice, Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop, and the Museum of Neon Art.

For tickets and more information visit the events website.