"Summer of Darkness" Film Noir Programming Event
Begins Friday, June 5 at 6 a.m. and airs for 24 hours
on Fridays in June and July on TCM
Primetime Screenings Hosted By Eddie Muller,
Founder And President Of The Film Noir Foundation
Film noir, with its gritty and dark style, attracted audiences of the 1940s and ’50s and continues today to be one of the most popular genres of classic film. The Summer of Darkness programming slate will feature more than 100 noir titles making it the most extensive catalog of noirs ever presented by the network.
|"Grand Illusion" (1937) Courtesy of TCM||"Smilin' Through" (1932) Courtesy of TCM|
- • Nora Prentiss (1947) starring Kent Smith as the proper married doctor who falls for a kicked-around singer played by Ann Sheridan
- • Robert Wise’s Born to Kill (1947), starring Lawrence Tierney as a trigger-happy crook and Claire Trevor as his femme fatale
- • Edmund Goulding’s Nightmare Alley (1947), which gives romantic leading man Tyrone Power a change of pace as a seedy carnival barker whose unsavory ways lead him to ruin
- • Joseph H. Lewis’ Gun Crazy (1950), a dynamic study of violent lovers played by John Dall and Peggy Cummins
- • Carol Reed’s immortal The Third Man (1949), one of the most compelling of all noirs with unforgettable performances by Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard and others
- • Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential (1997) based on novel of the same title by James Ellroy starring Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger
"Our film noir programming slate will trace the evolution of noir from its cinematic origins to its influence on more recent films," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "We are thrilled to be able to bring our fans this extensive programming slate and to be collaborating with Eddie Muller, who is one of the foremost experts on the genre and a noir film preservationist.”
In addition to the 24-hour on-air programming, fans will also have the opportunity to experience film noir on the big screen when TCM, Fathom Events and Universal Pictures bring Billy Wilder’s noir classic, Double Indemnity (1944) starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck to theaters across the country on July 19 and 20.
Eddie Muller is known to classic movie fans as "The Czar of Noir." He produces and hosts Noir City: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, the largest noir retrospective in the world, which now has satellite festivals in seven other U.S. cities. As founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, he has been instrumental in rescuing America’s noir heritage, which to date has included restoring such nearly-lost classics as The Prowler (1951), Cry Danger (1951), Try and Get Me! (1950), Too Late for Tears (1949), and Woman on the Run (1950), among others. His debut novel, The Distance, earned the Best First Novel Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America; he’s a two-time Edgar Award nominee from the Mystery Writers of America, and three times an Anthony Award nominee. Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, which he cowrote with the actor, was a national bestseller in 2007. He has twice been named a San Francisco Literary Laureate.