But the irresistible choice would be the Cornell Woolrich double bill on April 12: "Street of Chance" (not on DVD!), with the ever-popular noir amnesia trope, stars Burgess Meredith and Claire Trevor, while "Night Has a Thousand Eyes" places psychic Edward G. Robinson in iconic Los Angeles locations -- from Angel's Flight to Westwood -- in a brand-new 35mm print struck by Universal especially for Noir City.
Fans of heavy-lidded iconic leading men will appreciate the pairing of two Robert Siodmak classics on April 17, "Cry of the City" starring the almost-forgotten Victor Mature and Richard Conte (with the young Shelley Winters), and the amazing "The Killers," in which Burt Lancaster's smoldering dark beauty is matched by Ava Gardner's. "The Killers" shouldn't be missed.
The most obscure film programmed is April 19th's "Native Son," in which author Richard Wright attempted his only film role, as Bigger Thomas, in his story about a black man doomed by his place in white society. The Chicago-set story was shot in Buenos Aires by a French director, and Wright is twice his character's age, but this oddity is also not available on DVD. Thematically paired (as "black vs. white double feature!") with Joseph Mankiewicz's talky "No Way Out," starring Sidney Poitier as a young doctor challenged by the racist brother (Richard Widmark) of a man who dies under Poitier's care.
Not part of the Noir City festival, but happily programmed during it and full of footage that comes from film noir, is Thom Andersen's "Los Angeles Plays Itself," a documentary examining Los Angeles as seen in the movies, celebrating its tenth anniversary and playing on April 20th with the director in attendance.
The Closing Night Party, on April 21st, begins with a screening of "Road House," starring Ida Lupino as a singer -- "She does more without a voice than anybody I've ever heard!," says sassy Celeste Holm -- torn between crazy Richard Widmark and hunky, heavy-lidded, dark Cornel Wilde. Afterwards there's drinks, dinner, dancing, gambling, and live music from the Dean Mora Swinglet. Dressing up is encouraged.