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Calendar, Night&Day Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing

Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing

Barbara Stanwyck displayed a youthful enthusiasm for deviousness and opportunism in the pre-Code classic Baby Face before attaining adulterous immortality a decade later in Double Indemnity. But she was far from finished playing gals with dark designs and desires. Noir…
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Film, Zoom Lens Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

A wave of fatalistic crime sagas crossed with cynical love stories flooded B-movie houses in the late 1940s and '50s, offering a pointed rebuttal to the cherished myth of the postwar economic miracle -- namely, that a rising tide lifts…
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Film, Reel World

The Midnight Story

One of the reigning authorities in film noir, waggish Alameda historian and novelist Eddie Muller, is plotting a major retrospective with Castro Theatre programmer Anita Monga. The San Francisco Film Noir Festival will unspool Jan. 17-26 at the Castro with…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Movie Programmer

Everybody loves the Castro Theatre. It regularly wins readers' polls and Best Of awards for its gorgeous space, community spirit, and outstanding programs. But the Castro's heart is clearly in its eclectic, thoughtful mix of films, all of them selected…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

House of Games Now we know why Ted Nasser, whose family built the Castro Theater in 1922, was so reluctant to talk about Blumenfeld Theaters' expiring lease to operate the movie palace ("Breathless," Feb. 14): He was thinking about running…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

The TinglerIt's not quite as mammoth a job as hoisting the big top when the clowns and carnies and elephants come to town, but the Castro is upgrading for the upcoming 3-D revival of Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder.…
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