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THE FILM NOIR FESTIVAL: BUNKER HILL

January & February at the Heights

The Bunker Hill neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles began as a wealthy enclave filled with lavish Victorian homes. But in the 1940s, as many of its inhabitants moved away, it declined into a “blighted slum”—with the large houses carved into low-rent apartments. The area became reputed for poverty and crime—a perfect setting for films noir. A nationwide wave of slum clearance and “urban renewal” hit Bunker Hill in the late 1950s, and by 1969, the entire neighborhood had been swept away. Now these films are the only way you can visit.

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January 27, 2022

CRISS CROSS

(1949, DCP, 84m) dir Robert Siodmak w/Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea. Recently returned to Bunker Hill, Steve Thompson (Lancaster) gets a job driving an armored car. When his ex-wife (De Carlo), now married to gangster Slim Dundee (Duryea), comes back into his life, he plans a heist to win her back. $12 7:30

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February 3, 2022

ACT OF VIOLENCE

(1948, 35mm, 82m) dir Fred Zinnemann w/Robert Ryan, Van Heflin, Janet Leigh. The life of successful land developer Frank R. Enley (Van Heflin) is thrown into chaos when an old Army buddy (Ryan) appears, dredging up wartime demons. One of the great revenge films of the 1940s. $12 7:30

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February 10, 2022

M

(1951, 35mm, 88m) dir Joseph Losey w/David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel. A child murderer stalks the streets of Bunker Hill. When the police are helpless to stop him, local underworld leaders take charge. This remake of the 1931 German classic is presented on a rare 35mm print from the Library of Congress. $12 7:30

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February 17, 2022

CRY DANGER

(1951, 35mm, 79m) dir Robert Parrish and Dick Powell w/Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman. Five years into Rocky’s (Powell) jail term, a man turns up to provide an alibi. But the man is lying, hoping to score a share of the money Rocky didn’t even steal in the first place. Now he has to find the real culprit before it’s too late. $15 7:30

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February 24, 2022

KISS ME DEADLY

(1955, DCP, 106m) dir Robert Aldrich w/Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart. Aldrich crafted one of the all-time great films noir in this adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s eponymous novel. We follow gumshoe Mike Hammer (brilliantly played by Minneapolis native Meeker) as he encounters a mysterious briefcase, a dangerous secret from a beautiful hitchhiker, and a possible police cover-up. $12 7:30

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