The weather forecast may call for sunshine and blue skies this weekend but it’s always shady in the land of Noir. This weekend, check out gangsters and gun molls plus real-life cops and robbers. Snap-brimmed fedoras optional….
The second* weekend of American Cinematheque’s Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theater features some interesting curiosities. The script for Bodyguard, the second film in Friday night’s double feature (playing with The Locket) was written by a young Robert Altman. Sunday night’s Drive a Crooked Road features the double delight of cast-against-type Mickey Rooney as a car mechanic whose penchant for pretty dames has him on the skids in a script by Blake Edwards. (Walk a Crooked Mile follows.) Saturday night’s fare has no stunt casting/screenplays but offers a double dose of Broderick Crawford in New York Confidential and Human Desire.
Go Go’ers in the know dine on dry martinis and other Rat Pack staples across the street at Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood’s oldest restaurant (opened 1919) and a favorite haunt of Hollywood royalty and writers on a budget or a binge; John Fante and Charles Bukowski both ate/drank here as did F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway when they wrote for “the studios”. (NOTE: The bar at Musso & Frank Grill is now open until 2:00AM; a limited but beyond-bar-food menu, such as steak filet, is also available.)
Check out L.A.’s real back alleys, brazen gangsters, and beat-cops-with-a-mission in Esotouric’s L.A. Noir Crime Tour. Author John Buntin brings to life his highly praised book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City about the decades-long power struggle between cold-blooded-killer/Hollywood scenester Mickey Cohen and controversial Police Chief William Parker. Buntin guest-hosts the tour with Esotouric’s Crime Tour creator Kim Cooper. The tour leaves from the classic Clifton’s Cafeteria; get there early to jolt yourself into consciousness with a cup of joe and a sugary dessert.
Bad boys and b-girls, this one’s for you.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….
American Cinematheque’s Film Noir Festival (*This is the 2nd, not final weekend of the Festival as erroneously reported in yesterday’s post. Ms. Go Go regrets the error.)
April 9-11; all double features @7:30PM
6712 Hollywood Boulevard