Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Tue, Dec 3, 2019 - Sat, Dec 21, 2019
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CHRISTMAS NOIR: A HARDBOILED HOLIDAY

Mistletoe and holly. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Partridges in pear trees. The yuletide puts many in a festive mood but can inspire others to commit crimes – or to solve them. Join us as we explore the intersection of Christmas movies and film noir...

On Santa’s naughty list, a New York hitman (director Allen Baron) runs into trouble on the job in BLAST OF SILENCE. Suburban housewife Joan Bennett covers up a murder committed by her daughter in THE RECKLESS MOMENT. Returning WWII vet Glenn Ford knocks over the Frisco nightclub he used to own in MR. SOFT TOUCH. Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell are lovers on the run from the law in Nicholas Ray’s directorial debut, THEY LIVE BY NIGHT.

Santa’s nice list is a bit shorter (hey, this is film noir, after all). William Powell and Myrna Loy are a rich couple who investigate the disappearance of a friend’s father in THE THIN MAN. BACKFIRE follows a war veteran who attempts to track down a missing army buddy. The Christmas connection may not be obvious, but each of these films includes a memorable sequence revolving around December 25th. This year, have a hardboiled holiday at the Cinematheque!

Running in tandem with these Christmas Noir events is our annual Holiday Spirit series – read more about it here.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Both TheatresTue, Dec 3, 2019 - Sat, Dec 21, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Sat, Dec 21, 2019 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

Films in this Series at the Aero

Matinee Screening!
Tue, Dec 3, 2019 - 1:00pm
Aero Theatre
Matinee Screening!
Tue, Dec 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Aero Theatre
Matinee Screening!
Tue, Dec 17, 2019 - 1:00pm
Aero Theatre
Fri, Dec 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre