|Rare Film Noir from France will unspool at the Aero Theatre June 19 - 22, 2015.|
"The French had a Name for It: Rare French Film Noir 1948 - 1963" comes to the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica June 19 - 22, 2015 with eight rare films featuring well-known French actors such as Simone Signoret, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Gabin and Brigitte Bardot among others. Although largely considered an American genre, it was French film critics who coined the term "film noir" to describe the dark stories of murder, betrayal and a doomed society, that began to crop up in the World War II era. Los Angelenos have developed a taste for international noir with the introduction over the past few years, of films from England, Argentina, Italy and other countries, at the popular, annual Film Noir Festival, co-presented in the Spring by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation.at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre.
Over the eight years that Don Malcolm edited Noir City for Muller’s Film Noir Foundation, he and a small army of writers worked to expand the notions of what film noir encompassed. And that effort produced essays pinpointing the existence of many notable and forgotten noir films from around the world.
In 2014, Malcolm went out on his own in order to take these exciting discoveries off the printed page and into movie theatres, where cinephiles could engage with them directly. The first result of this effort, a series of twelve French films noir that played at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre last November, entitled "The French Had a Name For It," created a sensation that yielded turn away business.
Malcolm muses that "many of the directors of the films we’re rediscovering were raked over the coals during the ascendancy of the Nouvelle Vague. This caused their film work to be pretty much ‘hidden in plain sight’ for a half-century.”
But no longer. Now a slightly revised version of that remarkable festival, one that made San Francisco Chronicle lead film critic Mick LaSalle swoon at their collectively risqué panache (“the experience is like finding gold where you thought was rock”), is coming to the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre for four nights beginning Friday, June 19, copresented by Midcentury Productions.