From Broderick Crawford’s Oscar® winning turn to Frank Sinatra in a seldom-seen, self-caricature role, there is Walter Matthau robbing banks, debonair Paul Henried as a sinister gangster and actor Dick Powell’s directorial debut. As Rode put it: “This year’s program includes films where the principals either reinvented themselves or were cast against type.”
Other scheduled films include stirring performances by noir icons Dan Duryea and Richard Widmark, what Rode claims is “Boris Karloff’s finest screen performance” and a rediscovered gem by the great William Cameron Menzies.
“I am particularly excited about this year’s special guests,” enthused Rode. The opening night screening of a restored print of Hollow Triumph includes an appearance by actress-filmmaker Monika Henried, daughter of star Paul Henried.
Other guests include Richard Duryea (Black Angel), Andy Robinson (Charley Varrick) and Sara Karloff (The Body Snatcher). The entire film and guest schedule is available at ArthurLyonsFilmNoir.org
In keeping with the festival’s established tradition, the majority of the film screenings are presented on archival 35mm prints with Rode and co-presenters Eddie Muller and Foster Hirsch introducing the films.
According to Rode: “One of the most rewarding aspects about this festival is that it is much more than treating our loyal audience and new patrons to these classic films. We are preserving the original movie going experience.”