Ah, the glory of black and white film screened in 35 mm projection!
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival producer and host Alan K. Rode welcomed more than 500 attendees to the festival’s opening night at the Camelot Theatre. A Palm Springs Cultural Center Presentation, Rode thanked founders Ric and Rozene Supple, managing director Michael C. Green and the entire staff and volunteers for their support.
Rode called this year’s festival the year of the “Femme Fatale” since the festival features films starring Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, and Marilyn Monroe. The opening night film was a restored digital print of Sudden Fear starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance. In attendance were several studio archival executives from Warner Brothers, Fox Searchlight, and Universal.
Special guests in attendance were Eddie Muller with the Film Noir Foundation, Todd Weiner with UCLA Film Archives, and Palm Springs Mayor Rob Moon. Festival sponsors are Ric & Rozene Supple, Harold Matzner, Spencer’s Restaurant, Camelot Theatres, Desert Regional Medical Center, The City of Palm Springs, Union Bank, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, TCAT & Warner Archive, the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the Film Noir Foundation and Joseph T. Rhea.
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Photography: Sherri Breyer