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L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy's Oscar Noir

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 6, 2010 at 3:40AM

Los Angeles is celebrating Film Noir, and I am not complaining. The American Cinematheque launched its 12th annual Film Noir Festival at L.A.'s Egyptian on Friday, and the LAT Magazine's Noir issue ran Sunday. UPDATE: Eric Kohn reviews Nash Edgerton's neo-noir, The Square.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Los Angeles is celebrating Film Noir, and I am not complaining. The American Cinematheque launched its 12th annual Film Noir Festival at L.A.'s Egyptian on Friday, and the LAT Magazine's Noir issue ran Sunday. UPDATE: Eric Kohn reviews Nash Edgerton's neo-noir, The Square.

The new news: the Academy's Goldwyn Theater kicks off a 15-film Monday night summer screening series, “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side,” on May 10th with John Huston's classic The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart. The series will show Oscar-nominated noirs of the 40s accompanied by an intro from "a contemporary screenwriter whose own work reflects the film noir style," states the Academy, which is adding noir shorts to the programs. Starting May 24 they'll show new 35 mm prints from the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel.

The schedule is on the jump.

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Here's the updated Oscar Noir schedule:

May 10
“The Maltese Falcon,” introduced by Lawrence Kasdan
May 17
“Shadow of a Doubt”
May 24
“Laura,” introduced by Scott Frank
June 7
“Double Indemnity,” introduced by Nicholas Meyer
June 14
“Mildred Pierce,” introduced by Callie Khouri
June 21
“The Killers,” introduced by Billy Ray
June 28
“The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” introduced by Robin Swicord
July 12
“The Dark Mirror,” introduced by John August
July 19
“The Blue Dahlia,” introduced by Wesley Strick
July 26
“The Stranger”
August 2
“Body and Soul”
August 9
“Crossfire,” introduced by Brian Helgeland
August 16
“A Double Life”
August 23
“Kiss of Death”
August 30
“White Heat”

This article is related to: Awards, Festivals, Genres, Stuck In Love, Exhibition, Oscars, Thriller, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.