'The Maltese Falcon,' 'Great Gatsby' Headline Film Noir Festival

The 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir kicks off at the Egyptian and Aero Theaters in Los Angeles, see, and the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby gets things started. (If you haven't heard, there's a modern update of Fitzgerald's classic coming this winter with Baz Luhrman's version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.)

Other prominent films being showcased during the festival include The Maltese Falcon, the Sterling Hayden/Frank Sinatra suspenser Suddenly, Anthony Mann's T-Men and Strange Impression, a new 35mm print of Three Strangers starring Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, as well as Lana Turner and John Garfield in perennial favorite The Postman Always Rings Twice. Many of the films, like Gatsby and the newly restored Gary Cooper-starrer City Streets, have not been put out on DVD, so this is your chance to see them.

The festival begins April 20 and concludes May 6. Tickets may be purchased here for the Egyptian and here for the Aero. Tickets for double features are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for American Cinematheque members. Triple features are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for Cinematheque members.

 A special note that tickets purchased via Fandango on Monday, April 23 for programs at the Egyptian will be down while they upgrade their box office operating system. The same procedure will occur on April 30 for the Aero Theater.

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