Edited by Don Malcolm on 3/1/2017, 4:16 pm
I think you are conflating the two schedules a bit.
THE FALLEN SPARROW and CORNERED are NOT in the official schedule. They were in my "substitute." That still leaves five "spy" or "spy-related" noirs in the series, which is certainly noteworthy.
It must be said that couple of these spy noirs are clearly "lesser lights" (QUIET PLEASE, MURDER and ESCAPE IN THE FOG) and the festival is better served with higher-quality noirs of whatever sub-type.
However, there is no question that ADDRESS UNKNOWN is by far the best B-film in this series, and it's commendable that it made the cut--particularly on a Saturday night where it will likely get one of the larger crowds of the series.
That said, it is not really a "social justice" film in terms of dealing with the corruption in American society. It is a film from a long tradition of anti-Nazi works, and it is "tougher" than CROSSFIRE only because its placement as a piece of war propaganda (entirely warranted, of course) allowed the atrocities to be referenced more directly.
But remember that the target of this film is Hitler, not societal corruption and political repression within America. THAT is what "social justice noir" is about, and that is why a chronological festival such as this one--and one being programmed during the first 100 days of the Trump administration--should feature such films in the 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, and 1951 slots.