Stars in the Dark – Émigrés, Exiles and Film Noir

Films, Berlin “Kabarett” Concert, Salon Talks, and More

Special Event
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Stars in the Dark
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Between Fire & Ice
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Fritz Lang’s “M”
Mary 24 – 31
Noir as never before
“… exceptional …”
Berliner MorgenPost
“… (a) masterpiece …”
Los Angeles Times
“Stars in the Dark: Émigrés, Exiles and Film Noir” is our tribute to the émigrés and exiles who gave rise to the noir genre. Many were Jewish, fleeing Europe as Hitler rose to power, bringing with them experiences and aesthetics that infused their work.”Stars in the Dark” is a journey from the cabarets and cafés of Europe to the shores of the Pacific, a journey we’ll take through a Berlin cabaret concert, films, ‘salon talks’ and other events. more … PS tiny rgbPerformance Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival are proud to present “Between Fire and Ice”, a live Berlin Kabarett show with international cabaret artist Adrienne Haan. With a voice that Le Monde described as “second to none”, Ms. Haan recreates Berlin of the 1920s. This special performance kicks off our “Stars in the Dark” tribute. more … Fritz Lang’s “M”, presented by award winning screenwriter Kirk Ellis, is the first of seven films we’re screening for our “Stars in the Dark” film noir tribute. Noir has roots in German Expressionist Cinema, and “M” is considered to be a masterpiece of the genre. Peter Lorre stars in his first major role in an unforgettable performance. “M” was Lang’s first talking film, one in which silence tells the story as much as the dialogue.more …
Sales EndedMay 24-31, 2015
Various venues
Sales EndedSunday, May 24
6:30 and 8:30 PM

Maria Benitez Cabaret Room at
The Lodge
Sales EndedTuesday, May 26, 7:00 PM
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Salon Talk
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Cinema’s Exiles

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German Expressionism


Double Indemnity

“… first class …”
with Diane Armitage
Lecturer, Art History
“gold standard of 40s noir”
Cinema’s Exiles – From Hitler to Hollywood traces the experiences of the exiles who took refuge in Hollywood, and examines their impact on both German and American films. Admission free with paid ticket to any other film or event. more … Diane Armitage, Adjunct Lecturer in Art History at SFCC, will help connect the dots in her talk, German Expressionism and the Roots of Film Noir. She takes us back to the source with images from the era of German Expressionist painting and clips from expressionist films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and others. more … It doesn’t get much better than this noir classic directed by Billy Wilder starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.  The script was co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, based on a story by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice). more …
Sales EndedTuesday, May 26, 11:30 AM
Friday, May 29, 11:30 AM

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Sales EndedWednesday May 27, 2:00 PM
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Sales EndedWednesday,May 27, 7:00 PM
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Salon Talk
Salon Talk
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Music of the Dark


The Woman in the Window

Lion and Marta

Weimar on the Pacific

with Steven Ovitsky
Exec. Dir., SF Chamber Music Fest
“a humdinger of a mystery”
New York Times
with Margit Klineman
Director, Villa Aurora LA
Filmmakers were not the only exiles and emigres that made Los Angeles their home. Many of Europe’s top composers left under similar circumstances. Steven Ovitsky will focus on three who made new lives for themselves by composing for films: Max Steiner, Franz Waxman and Miklos Rozsa. If their names aren’t familiar, their music is. more … Fritz Lang was one of the most prolific noir directors, and The Woman in the Window is classic Lang.  With Edward G. Robinson cast as a middle-aged professor caught in a murder web by Joan Bennett, the femme fatale, and Dan Duryea adding a diabolical edge, this murder tale takes an unusual turn.  more … From 1942 to 1952 there was a flourishing German-speaking community in Los Angeles on the shores of the Pacific. They were filmmakers, composers, writers and scientists who left Germany as Hitler rose to power, often moving to other countries where they thought they would be safe before finally coming to America. more …
Sales EndedThursday, May 28, 2:00 PM
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Sales EndedThursday, May 28, 7:00 PM
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Sales EndedFriday, May 29, 2:00 PM
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Special Event
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Night of a Thousand Stars

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Ace in the Hole

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The Killers

” one of the great film noirs  ”
” dark, funny, ferocious ”
Christian Science Monitor
”  taut and absorbing ”
New York Times
You are invited to spend a special evening at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado for a Night of a Thousand Stars. Dine in the Courtyard of the Four Seasons’ Terra restaurant (a la carte menu), and stay for a screening of Gilda, the film that made Rita Hayworth a stars. It’s all under the stars.Reservations required. Call the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado at. more … “Ace in the Hole” is a story of greed and corruption set against the New Mexico landscape. Based on a real event in the 1920s, it is a story as timely now as it was then. With Kirk Douglas heading the cast, this Venice Film Festival winner is hard to beat.    more … The Killers, based on an Ernest Hemingway short story, stars Burt Lancaster in his first movie role. Hemingway reportedly liked the movie and we think you will too. It  went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards and was named one of the Top Ten films for 1946 by the National Board of Review. more …
Sales EndedMay 30,
dinner starts at 7:30 PM
film starts after sunset

Four Seasons Resort
Rancho Encantado
Terra Restaurant
Sales EndedMay 31, 5:00 PM
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Sales EndedSunday, May 31, 7:00 PM
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And More!
And More!
And More!
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Cafe Noir

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Bijoux Noir



C.G. Higgins presents:
a “taste” of noir
Mrs. Beadsley presents:
a vintage trunk show
dig  a little deeper
For a taste of the cafés the filmmakers left behind, visit C.G. Higgin’s “pop-up” café with a special menu of Viennese coffees and select pastries. C.G. Higgins will also be providing pastries at one of the Salon Talks.
Dress the part by wearing your forties styled clothing to an film, special event or Salon Talk. Mrs. Beadsley’s Vintage Jewelry will help you with a trunk show of vintage jewelry at select screenings and talks. If you’d like to dig a little dipper into the history of the period or learn more about the noir directors and their movies, click here for a selected list of books and internet resources.
CG Higgins May 24 – 31
C.G. Higgins
Mrs Beadsley Name Onlyat selected screenings
check website after May 23rd

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