We will return in a day or two with a hypothetical day-by-day screening schedule for NC 16. Close your eyes, and cross your fingers!
UNSCREENED AT NC BY YEAR
CAPS BOLD/UNDERLINED 70% or higher;
CAPS UNDERLINED 50-70%;
lower case 0-15%
1941 HIGH SIERRA Ladies In Retirement blues in the night
1942 THIS GUN FOR HIRE QUIET PLEASE, MURDER CROSSROADS nightmare
1943 THE FALLEN SPARROW THE SEVENTH VICTIM Shadow Of A Doubt
1944 MINISTRY OF FEAR ADDRESS UNKNOWN WHEN STRANGERS MARRY Guest In The House Flesh & Fantasy Destiny The Mask Of Dimitrios
1945 LADY ON A TRAIN CORNERED Danger Signal Jealousy
1946 THE BIG SLEEP BEHIND GREEN LIGHTS Whistle Stop The Verdict the strange woman suspense
1947 DEAD RECKONING T-MEN BRUTE FORCE JOHNNY OCLOCK Calcutta Fear In The Night Backlash The Brasher Doubloon The Red House Boomerang! ride the pink horse dishonored lady lured crossfire
1948 BLONDE ICE CALL NORTHSIDE 777 The Street With No Name whiplash
1949 WHITE HEAT FLAMINGO ROAD TENSION ALL THE KINGS MEN Whirlpool Rope Of Sand house of strangers flaxy martin
1950 THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK THELMA JORDON KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE The Sleeping City The Underworld Story Storm Warning Dark City Highway 301 Panic In The Streets quicksand backfire dial 1119 no way out the lawless
1951 HIS KIND OF WOMAN IRON MAN Detective Story Under The Gun Two Of A Kind The Scarf the well
1952 WITHOUT WARNING! Flesh and Fury Five Fingers the turning point the thief
1953 THE BIG HEAT THE BLUE GARDENIA The Man Between The Glass Wall the glass web a blueprint for murder i, the jury
--The list strongly favors films that have been screened elsewhere but not (yet) at SF.
--Foreign films, with the exception of THE MAN BETWEEN, have not been handicapped here. There is a 5-10% chance of a surprise in that area; there is little reason to expect any French noirs in this time frame.
--The list is based on the notion that films from the same year will be paired together. If not, all bets are off...
--Ten films as yet unscreened in SF are odds-on favorites to be in the festival: HIGH SIERRA (Bogart/Lupino); THIS GUN FOR HIRE (Ladd/Lake); THE FALLEN SPARROW (Garfield/OHara); MINISTRY OF FEAR (Milland); LADY ON A TRAIN (Durbin, comedy elements); THE BIG SLEEP (Bogart/Bacall); DEAD RECKONING (Bogart/Scott); T-MEN (Mann/Alton); WHITE HEAT (Cagney/OBrien/Mayo/Cochran); THE BIG HEAT (Ford/Grahame).
--Eight films as yet unscreened in SF are significantly favored to be in the festival: QUIET PLEASE, MURDER (Sanders, screened several times elsewhere in 17); THE SEVENTH VICTIM (Lewton); BLONDE ICE (extreme femme fatale, to be paired with a similar film previously screened); FLAMINGO ROAD (Crawford/Curtiz); THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK (Keyes, played elsewhere recently); HIS KIND OF WOMAN (Mitchum/Russell/Price/Burr, comedy elements); WITHOUT WARNING! (Laven, Rode favorite, solid B); THE BLUE GARDENIA (Conte/Baxter/Sothern/Burr/Erdman, inclusion creates end-of-time-frame double bill for Fritz Lang).
--Thirteen films as yet unscreened in SF are somewhat favored to be in the festival: CROSSROADS (Lamarr/W. Powell/Trevor, MGM, if B film not chosen for 42); ADDRESS UNKNOWN (Cameron Menzies, shown recently, if decision is made to show fewer repeats for 44); WHEN STRANGERS MARRY (young Mitchum, if decision to avoid Nazi noir is made); CORNERED (D. Powell/Dmytryk, good espionage, in lieu of social justice); BEHIND GREEN LIGHTS (shown in LA); BRUTE FORCE (Lancaster/Dassin, shown elsewhere, prison noir sub-genre not covered otherwise); JOHNNY OCLOCK (D. Powell/Keyes/Cobb/Gomez/Drew/Foch, solid follow-up feature for several 47 noirs that could precede it); CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (Jimmy Stewart/Richard Conte, played elsewhere); TENSION (Basehart/Totter/Sullivan, MGM, played elsewhere); ALL THE KINGS MEN (Crawford/Ireland, McCambridge, played elsewhere, in lieu of social justice); THELMA JORDON (Stanywck, Siodmak); KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE (Cagney/Payton, could pair with other Cagney film if chrono order is adjusted); IRON MAN (Keyes/Chandler/Hudson, Universal, Joe Pevney, screened elsewhere).
--Thats more films (31) than the festival can hold...it will be most interesting to see how many in each category get picked.
--And it will be interesting to see if there are any unscreened films not on the list that get selected.