Presented by Mid-Century Productions

LAST NOVEMBER turnaway crowds at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre discovered that the French did more than give film noir its name—they made unique and incredible noirs of their own. Twelve films over four days left audiences breathless—and we're not talking about the Jean-Luc Godard film, either!

THIS NOVEMBER Midcentury Productions plants both feet onto that undiscovered continent of French film noir, taking audiences deeper into a world lost to film audiences for more than half a century. Familiar stars (Brigitte Bardot, Jean Gabin, Simone Signoret, Lino Ventura) are again seen in unfamiliar but compelling roles, suggesting that their iconic allure is tied to the dark world of noir. And this year's theme, "Lovers and Other Strangers," continues that dark assignation with love gone wrong.

“This year's edition is the equal of last year's. It's 12 films in four days, and there's not a weak selection in the whole lineup....France had advantages that Hollywood didn't have. The most crucial one is that France had little or no censorship. This meant that whole areas of the human experience were available for explorationand filmmakers didn't have to be careful about how they said things...[The films are] sophisticated in the ways that they portray the dynamics of crime, marriage and adultery.... You can walk into any showall of them double featuresand be assured of seeing something good.”

Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle/SF Gate  » READ REVIEW

Roxie Theater - San Francisco

The Roxie Theater at 3117 16th St. can be reached at 415.863.1087. Will-call tickets through TicketWeb.

MONDAY, NOV 9: Jeanne Moreau in BACK TO THE WALL

Mid-Century Productions

MID-CENTURY PRODUCTIONS is a "boutique" programming venture designing "mini film festivals" featuring films from cinema's most explosive three decades—the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. We program original festivals and work with organizations and individuals to craft singular programming that illuminates the hidden corners of these three decades.

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