In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2018 and its theme of “Film Noir from A to B” featuring a program of five genuine “A” and “B” double bills. We were delighted to be at Noir City Austin again this year, hosted by The Czar of Noir, Eddie Muller, along with his colleague from the Film Noir Foundation, author and film scholar Alan K. Rode.
The Austin version of the festival showcased glorious A and trashy B pictures from 1941-1951, which gave us a chance to watch the progression of the genre, and as always, get our noir fix. The bulk of the films were on 35mm, and they included restorations and preservations, thanks to the great work of the Film Noir Foundation. We hope to see you at next year’s festival!
The Noir City Austin 2018 Festival Line Up:
• I Wake Up Screaming (Humberstone, 1941)
• Quite Please, Murder (Larkin, 1942)
• The Blue Dahlia (Marshall, 1946)
• I Walk Alone (Haskin, 1947)
• The Accused (Dieterle, 1949)
• The Underworld Story (Endfield, 1950)
• The Unsuspected (Curtiz, 1947)
• The Threat (Feist, 1949)
• The Man Who Cheated Himself (Feist, 1950)
• Roadblock (Daniels, 1951)
What you’ll find in this episode: a favorite Dark City dame, quite possibly the kinkiest film noir ever made, what director works better with a budget, when noir is problematic, and our favorite Lantern noir stars.
– Cole and Ericca