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Noirvember 2020 Preview

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Shadows, rain-soaked city streets, betrayal, deception, hopelessness, misdirection, greed, planned heists, busted heists, dreams of escaping to Mexico with suitcases full of money, bottles of booze, a femme fatale or two, flashbacks, amnesia, and cigarettes. Lots of cigarettes… That’s right, Noirvember is right around the corner, and I hope you’ll join me for a planned 30-day journey into film noir.


In years past I was able to watch and write about one film noir per day for 30 days, but last year I could only manage 20. This year, I’m going to give it my best shot: watching and writing about 30 films in 30 days.

My plan is to watch primarily new-to-me noir titles, which means most of them will not be typical noir headliners, but rather less-familiar pictures. I do have at least one film planned that lies well beyond the classic era, and I hope we'll all like it. Otherwise, I plan to stick pretty closely to the classic noir period, roughly 1941-1959. Part of my Noirvember will include our library virtual movie discussion of a nifty noir double feature on November 6.

I also plan to lean heavily on several films from the upcoming Noir City International virtual film festival, presented by the Film Noir Foundation in partnership with the AFI Silver Theatre. That event will be November 13-29, and you’ll be able to see all the films anytime you want during that period. You can purchase tickets to individual films or buy a festival pass (which I recommend). All the information you need will be available on November 2 at the AFI Silver website. Each film will be introduced by Eddie Muller or one of Eddie’s special guests. I hope you’ll join me on this noir journey. Happy Noirvember!

If you’d like to check out my previous Noirvember reports, please click on the year for full lists and reviews:

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