Join us for the second annual NOIR CITY XMAS on Wednesday, December 14, at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre. The Film Noir Foundation will present a pair of rare noir-stained yule classics to darken your spirits this holiday season. Come early, as the pre-show will also feature the unveiling of the full schedule for NOIR CITY X, the 10th anniversary of the world's most popular film noir festival, coming to the Castro January 20–29, 2012.
First on the bill is Charles David's Lady on a Train at 7:30. Nikki Collins (Deanna Durbin) witnesses a murder while waiting for a train, but can't get the police to believe her when no body is discovered. She enlists the help of a mystery writer to sleuth out the culprits on her own. This is a wildly entertaining mix of comedy, musical, and suspense, rendered in evocative noir style by cameraman Woody Bredell (Phantom Lady), and featuring a superb cast of sinister and suspicious supporting players.
Robert Siodmak's Christmas Holiday (1944) follows at 9:20. A young soldier gets more than he bargained for on a holiday stop-over in New Orl sleans when he is introduced to a young "singer" (prostitute) and a local "nightclub" (brothel) and he learns the tale of her descent into degradation. Deanna Durbin is memorable in her first adult role, and Gene Kelly is unforgettable as the murderous cad with whom she tragically falls in love. Unquestionably the most romantically soul-crushing Christmas movie ever made.
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