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Culture, The Exhibitionist Meet Ms. Noir City 14, Aja De Coudreaux

Meet Ms. Noir City 14, Aja De Coudreaux

Women have always played an important role in the dark, tortured world of film noir, portraying femme fatales, damsels in distress and sly murderesses with tragic flaws. Taking the lead from the silver screen performances of Barbara Stanwyck, Joan…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fog and Shadows

Fog and Shadows

The first warning sign of San Francisco's utter noirness is how ruthlessly, perhaps desperately, this place pretends never to have black moods. The second is its being the longtime residence of Film Noir Foundation impresario Eddie Muller, whose 12th…
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Calendar, Night&Day 90 Years Young

90 Years Young

The masterful director Howard Hawks had a simple strategy: Craft great scenes. String enough of ‘em together, and you have a great movie. The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart as smart-mouth punching bag Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tough Guys and Long Legs

Tough Guys and Long Legs

Throughout its first decade, Noir City mixed well-worn classics and long-forgotten obscurities with a bracing chaser of guest appearances by appreciative elder icons. Nothing succeeds like success — a distinctly un-noir sentiment, but festival maestro Eddie Muller is way too…
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Calendar, Night&Day Detour to Nowhere

Detour to Nowhere

It’s an unlikely — but nonetheless possible — scenario to wake up in a low-rent motel on the dusty outskirts of Las Vegas with a hangover and a hot partner you don’t recall marrying (or screwing, presumably) the night before.…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings November 16-22

Artists' Television Access. Beautiful Moving Images: The program includes Christina Battle's To Reveal the Fourteen Windows; Minyong Jang's The Breath; Jon Beacham's What I Saw on the Periphery: A film in Eight Parts; Richard Mitchell's Burnt and In Series, Ver.…
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Culture, Stage "Shocktoberfest 12": Mostly Awe in Thrillpeddlers' Latest

"Shocktoberfest 12": Mostly Awe in Thrillpeddlers' Latest

It can be hard to tell some Bay Area theater companies apart. They produce similar repertoires, they cast the same actors, and they use New York to define the terms of their success. ("One of our premieres shipped to Off-Broadway!")…
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Calendar, Night&Day Horror in a Fedora

Horror in a Fedora

It’s 1920s Paris. It’s 1940s and 1960s San Francisco. It’s deviant, luscious, drag-a-licious, and as witty as it is outlandish. And it’s gore — lots of gore. It’s Thrillpeddlers’ Shocktoberfest!! 12: Fear Over Frisco. This dedicated little theater troupe that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Eddie Muller: The Czar of Noir in San Francisco

Eddie Muller: The Czar of Noir in San Francisco

100 Profiles: SF Weekly interviews 100 people in San Francisco arts and culture. No. 98: Eddie Muller It was a few years ago at Tosca in North Beach, where his easy retro style made him seem like a fixture, that…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Ink-Stained Wretches

Ink-Stained Wretches

The quintessential film noir character is a desperate, luckless lug whose every clever move to escape his self-inflicted predicament only adds another nail to his coffin. Sounds a lot like newspapers circa 2009, doesn’t it? It does to noir chieftain…
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Calendar, Night&Day Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon

This was a wild, wicked town once, with a worldwide reputation for vice, drink, and the pleasures of the flesh. But the Barbary Coast is long gone, the strip clubs on Broadway are tourist traps, and the Haight and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Early directors of the Théâtre du Grand Guignol might have understood the guilty pleasure of today's reality TV, but it is highly unlikely that Bunny Ranch escapades would have satisfied the Parisian thirst for perversity. Around the turn of the…
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Culture, Stage

"Blood Bucket Ballyhoo"

"Blood Bucket Ballyhoo," a triptych of Grand Guignol shorts adapted for schlock-horror impresarios Thrillpeddlers by Rob Keefe and Eddie Muller, explores the twilight zone of 19th-century French taste with the help of some of the most elaborate props you're ever…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Shocker


While some old-fashioned turn-ons no longer electrify -- when's the last time you were bowled over by a player piano? -- some retro pastimes have retained their charm. Take homemade ice cream. Ferris wheels. And the melodramatic live theater known…
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Film, Reel World

The Entertainer

When Frank Lee signed the risky deal last year to take over the Presidio Theater on Nov. 1, he sidestepped questions about whether he would divide the 600-seat house into two or more screens. The owner of the Four Star…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Local Noir Fiend

As Fog City's leading authority on film noir, historian and novelist Eddie Muller is the man to call when it comes to "guns and gams," as he puts it in the introduction to his lavish coffee-table book, The Art of…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Movie Snacks

Every Friday night, the Mechanics' Institute Library hosts a classic movie in an intimate salon setting complete with cinéastes and chitchat, but what's especially noteworthy is the high quality of grub served up from the little back bar. No economy-size…
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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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