It turns out that only three films from the recent NC SF will play in LA next month--the previously mentioned LOS TALLOS AMARGOS, and (drum roll please...) two music films: DECEPTION a musical melo-noir that has a cozy triangle but needs some more resin on its bow, and YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN, which trades in the violin for the trumpet and has some spiffy camera work from my man Ted McCord.
So here's the way it looks with the rest of the schedule filling in:
Fri April 15: LOS TALLOS AMARGOS/RIFFRAFF
Sat April 16: ALL MY SONS/TAKE ONE FALSE STEP
Sun April 17
FLESH AND FANTASY/DESTINY
More rare Universal, and this is an interesting pairing--one of Julien Duvivier's war-time American films with a B-picture that was spun out of a section that didn't make the final cut in F&F. A lot of big names in the former, and a lot of melodrama (and no big names) in the latter.
Mon April 18: SIDE STREET/DR. BROADWAY
Tue April 19
FLESH AND FURY/OUTSIDE THE WALL
More rare Universal stuff...the first a boxing noir with Tony Curtis as a deaf fighter and Jan Sterling as a peroxide harpy, the second a cautionary tale about the difficulties in going straight for ex-cons, particularly if you're more than a bit neurotic, as Richard Basehart usually is. Welterweight noir in all senses, but with solid pros keeping things tight and occasionally tangy.
Wed April 20
MEET DANNY WILSON/YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN
Jazz noir night, with the first film arguably the best of the restruck Universals--Frank Sinatra meets Raymond Burr. YMWAH keeps the theme going, but it might have been more fun to toss in SPECTER OF THE ROSE here, or another Curtiz rarity that has a lot more noir signifiers...THE SCARLET HOUR.
Thu April 21
DEEP VALLEY/FLAXY MARTIN
Two rarely-screened Warners noirs that feel rather tossed together. Good films (DEEP VALLEY, in fact, has some affinity with one of the entries in MIDCENTURYECLECTIC!--RAPTURE, which borrows some of the plot elements but takes it into a time frame that's more recognizably modern), but I think it would've been great if they'd gotten another Mayo film (SMART GIRLS DON'T TALK) to go with FLAXY.
Fri April 22 still TBA...maybe there's still a chance for SCREAMING MIMI/SPECTER OF THE ROSE??
Sat April 23
Paul Henreid. Very nice. Again, a lot of contrast in types of noir being slammed together. Here it might have been interesting to substitute ROPE OF SAND for DECEPTION. (Apparently those "80s beach movies" will screen in the little downstairs theater at the Egyptian...that will make for an odd contrast in the people wandering through the facility that night.)
Sun April 24
TOO LATE FOR TEARS (5pm)
CAPTIVE CITY/BUY ME THAT TOWN (7:30)
I think what we are looking at here is a subset of what is likely to screen at NC 15. Some good stuff here, and it would be a nice change of direction...more in keeping with the fedoras.
But stay tuned...there still might be something coming for Friday night. C'mon guys...SCREAMING MIMI and SPECTER OF THE ROSE!!