Film Noir in San Francisco

On television in 1963, we met Dr. Richard Kimble riding on a train. His destination was state prison, death row. A train wreck allowed him to escape. For the next four years, we watched him elude the police as he tried to prove he was innocent of murdering his wife. Week after week he was looking for  “the one armed man” who was guilty. Actor David Janssen was performing in a TV series styled in a genre called “film noir.”

Here is a clip called “The Fugitive Tribute – David Janssen” that shows the dark, foreboding feelings of a classic film noir style:

Second generation San Franciscan Eddie Muller calls himself a “wordslinger, impresario and noirchaeologist.” He created the nonprofit Film Noir Foundation to celebrate and preserve this genre of films described in the organization’s mission as an important “American cinematic movement.”

To bring attention to, and raise money for, these preservation efforts, Eddie is hosting the 11th “Noir City,” a film festival at the Castro Theatre from January 25 through February 3. A group of 27 films will be presented, some newly restored.

The most exciting event for folks in love with our City might be the Noir City Bus Tour on Wednesday, January 30. A group of 24 lucky passengers will board a touring bus at City Hall at noon. For the next three hours, guests will view film clips from noir movies while visiting locations in the City where these films were shot. Eddie will ride along and talk about the films including, The Maltese Falcon, Vertigo, and one of my favorites, Dark Passage with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

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