Current & Upcoming Films
NOT NECESSARILY NOIR II
NOT NECESSARILY NOIR II
Friday, November 4 – Tuesday, November 7
A SERIES OF FILMS THAT DEFY EXPECTATIONS AND IN THE PROCESS HELP REDEFINE OUR PERCEPTION OF NOIR.
Programmed exclusively for the Roxie by Elliot Lavine.
"Elliot Lavine's latest compendium of the off-kilter and just plain bizarre is another winner" - SF Chronicle
"Of all Elliot Lavine's noir programs for the Roxie, "Not Necessarily Noir" is both the toughest sell and the most creative from a curatorial perspective." - SF Bay Guardian
"in an era where digital film is starting to define what can be replayed in smaller indie theaters, this fest brings back more than a few rare, tangy and damned strange films on film." - Richard von Busack
"... the terrifically nervous movies at the start of the series do the most to stake out its intuitive terrain."
- Pam Grady, Cinezine Kane
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4:
The second—and more incendiary—version of Hemingway’s classic story is a viciously sharp-edged film that pulls no punches in its sordid depiction of a racecar driver who passively accepts his brutal fate at the hands of a pair of hitmen. Their quest to find the reason (and the money) behind this mystery leads them to the discovery of shocking truths! Originally produced as the first “made-for-TV movie,” it was judged to be too violent for the small screen and released into theaters instead. Starring Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson and Ronald Reagan in his final screen role as a sadistic crime boss! Directed by Don Siegel. In color. 95 mins. 35mm Studio Print. 1964. At 6:15 & 9:50.
PLAY MISTY FOR ME
A late-night disc jockey becomes the object of a beautiful but demented young woman’s sexual fantasies! When another woman enters the picture, things take a violently deadly turn. This is a brilliantly directed, nerve-wrackingly suspenseful film that pre-saged the arrival of FATAL ATTRACTION by nearly two decades. Starring Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, and Donna Mills. The first film directed by Clint Eastwood. Don Siegel, Eastwood’s acknowledged mentor, appears in a brief cameo. In color. 102 mins. 35mm Studio Print. 1971. At 8:00 only!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5:
A man devises a plan to murder the rich and powerful husband of the woman he’s fallen in love with. He methodically constructs an illusion of insanity guaranteed to gain him his freedom. But he hasn’t figured on the wily ways of a beautiful psychiatrist and the cruel, twisted hand of fate! First screened at the Roxie back in 1995, this is the first reappearance of one of the most important key films in late-noir cycle. Starring Jeffrey Hunter, Anne Francis and Dana Andrews. Directed by William Conrad. Black & White. 114 mins. 1965. At 3:15 and 7:45.
A sound technician working on a low-budget horror film accidentally records what just might be proof of a political assassination. His curiosity leads him to uncover an insidious and deadly conspiracy—one that is destined to leave a path of misery and destruction. Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, and John Lithgow. Directed with outrageous but customary Hitchcockian flair by Brian DePalma. In color. 107 mins. 35mm Studio Print. 1981. At 1:00, 5:40 and 9:55.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6:
The intensely bitter rivalry between two obsessively determined women leads to a shocking climax in Hollywood’s most blatantly Freudian western. A cult crowd-pleaser in the extreme, the powerhouse cast, in the hands of the film’s brilliant director, creates an unusually shocking tableaux of unbridled sex and violence! Not available on domestic DVD and not to be missed on the big screen! Starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, and Ward Bond. Directed by Nicholas Ray. In color. 110 mins. 35mm Studio Print. 1954. At 3:30 and 7:30.
FEMALE ON THE BEACH
A successful but repressed woman moves into a beach house where the murder of the former tenant remains unsolved. Before long she becomes ensnared in a passionate romance with a younger man who may be hiding a deadly secret. This highly entertaining outré melodrama is screaming for rediscovery status on the big screen! NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD! Starring Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling. Directed by Joseph Pevney. Black & White. 97 mins. 35mm Studio Print. 1955. At 1:45, 5:40 and 9:40.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7:
TEENAGE GANG DEBS
A tough doll blows into town and takes over “The Rebels” gang, leading to knife fights, gang rapes, biker vs. street gang rumbles and a heart-stopping finale that will leave you breathless and bewildered! Rare and great! Starring Diane Conti, Linda Gale, Eileen Dietz. Directed by Sande N. Johnson. Black & White. 75 mins. Shown in pristine digital from an original 35mm print. 1966. At 8:00 only!
Girls shooting heroin, gang bangs, blatant acts of prostitution, blackmail, savagery and more! Whatever taboos the sacred Motion Picture Code was set up to enforce, this super-rare shocker seems determined to break them all! Starring Joanne Arnold, Timothy Farrell, and Mary Lou O’Connor. Directed by Robert C. Dertano. Black & White. 63 mins. Shown in pristine digital from an original 35mm print! 1954. At 6:40 & 9:40
The Roxie thanks our comrade, Johnny Legend for supplying these great titles!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8:
Johnny Legend presents: A Not Necessarily Noir tribute to Edward D. Wood, Jr!
Perhaps the closest Ed Wood came to a straight-ahead film noir is this sordid little cheapie about a criminal who seeks to alter his appearance in order to elude the cops. An early classic from Wood and his cronies and NOT TO BE MISSED!! Starring Dolores Fuller, Lyle Talbot, and Steve Reeves. Written and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. Black & White. 72 mins. 1954. At 6:00 only!
GLEN OR GLENDA? (aka: I CHANGED MY SEX)
Wood’s super-surreal masterpiece of weirdness tells two stories: one is about Glen, who secretly dresses as a woman but is afraid to tell his fiancé; the second is about Alan, a pseudo-hermaphrodite who undergoes a painful operation to become a woman. A bemused Bela Lugosi struggles to make sense of it all. Legendary as the most bizarre ever made; see it for yourself at the Roxie! Also starring Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell, Dolores Fuller, and Edward D. Wood, Jr. Written and directed by Wood. Black & White. 65 mins. 1953. At 7:30 only!
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
Without a doubt, Wood’s magnum opus and definitely one of the most beloved films of all time! Terrifying grave robbers from outer space descend on Earth in order to carry out their sinister plan (9). What it all really means is entirely up to you. Starring Gregory Walcott, Tor Johnson, Vampira, Duke Moore, John Breckenridge, Tom Keane, Lyle Talbot, and (ever so briefly) Bela Lugosi. Written and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. Black & White. 79 mins. 1959.
“Johnny Legend presets WOODWORLD,” a specially prepared 45-minute tribute to Ed Wood containing many rare and bizarre surprises! At 8:45 only! Johnny Legend will appear in person to introduce this incredible program! Material projected in high quality digital from original 35mm film!