Wednesday, March 21, 2012


As the title of this posting indicates, we've hit a modest milestone here at The Rain Falls Down on Portlandtown.  One hundred posts in just over a year's time and it only feels like the blog is beginning to pick up steam.

What better way to celebrate than with the news that local treasure Cinema 21 is following up their week long birthday party for two classic films with a series they've dubbed Noirville!

Back when I lived in the SF Bay Area, it seemed like there were several film noir fests programmed per year. It's been a good long while since a theater in PDX programmed a series dedicated to the genre (was this the last time?), so this is truly exciting news!

The press release states:
"Cinema 21 proudly presents… NoirVille!

One entire week of Film Noir’s Greatest Hits! 

Twelve films in all. And for you über film geeks, nine of them are on sumptuous 35mm!

The films speak for themselves; they’re classics all. But what should be stressed is that this is a very rare opportunity to see on the big screen, as they were intended, twelve quintessential examples of a style, a feeling, a mood of American films the French aptly named Noir. To borrow a phrase from Raymond Chandler, 'The streets were dark with something more than night.' And now so is Cinema 21!"

Featured at Cinema 21's Noirville:

Orson Welles' 1958 film Touch of Evil:

Charles Laughton's 1955 film The Night of the Hunter (tied with Days of Heaven as my favorite film):

Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep (1946):

Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947):

Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street (1945):

Here's the fantastic poster for the event:

Noirville begins at Cinema 21 on Friday, March 23rd.  More info available here.

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