Opening night for the wildly successful, 7th annual Noir City Film festival recently took place at the Castro Theater this past Saturday night. It's a must for any film noir aficionado. Or in my case, for anyone who merely wants to play (and dress) the part, while enjoying the communal cinema experience in the unbeatable Castro Theater ambience. This year, the festival focuses on the media, with an opening night double bill that featured Deadline USA (starring Humphrey Bogart) and Scandal Sheet. I enjoyed the former for the sharp, punchy writing and typically witty, no nonsense performance by Mr. Bogart, while the latter also had terrific writing and prescient commentary on the dumbing down of the daily newspaper.
Noir City 7 runs at the Castro Theater, with two films screened nightly (7:30pm and 9:30pm) through this Sunday February 1st.
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