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Film Noir, Teatro Santa Ana at La Biblioteca

By Elías Nahmías

This year Teatro Santa Ana is committed to bring you the best of Hollywood and the World Cinema. If you weren’t lucky to catch the first series of Film Noir, you’re in for a treat, because the series continues with 4 more classics of this film genre. With two double features (separate admission).

Film Noir Cycle
Force Of Evil (1948)
Thu, Jan 25, 3pm
Touch of Evil (1958)
Thu, Jan 25, 5:30pm
Laura (1944)
Fri, Jan 26, 3pm
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Fri, Jan 26, 5:30pm
All at Teatro Santa Ana
70 pesos

We’re continuing the New Year with this film series celebrating a distinctly American genre of filmmaking, renowned for its dramatic cinematography that is uniquely designed for the movie theater experience.

Film Noir it is hard to define. Here is a definition I like: “Film Noir burrows into the mind; it’s disorienting, intriguing and enthralling. Noir brings us into a gritty underworld of lush morbidity, providing intimate peeks at its tough, scheming dames, mischievous misfits and flawed men—all caught in the wicked web of a twisted fate.” (Film Noir, Bringing Darkness to Light Documentary).

In essence, Film Noir reflects a stylized view of reality where by taking one bad step, suddenly we find ourselves part of a whole new drama¾in an endless labyrinth with no exit. For more information about Film Noir, please visit

Exploring Film Noir is like entering a secret gold mine full of diamond films. Our commitment is to bring you all these gems. These movies come with a guarantee: If you don’t like the movie, we’ll give you your money back.

All the shows include a discussion following the film with Mexican filmmaker Elías Nahmías, who is in charge of programing.

Check us on facebook: If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to answer them. All events are in Teatro Santa Ana. Reloj 50A, tickets in advance and at the door at the box office.

This series is created by me, Elías Nahmías. I am a Mexican born independent filmmaker with 40 years experience, who has worked in every aspect of filmmaking in México, Los Angeles, Spain, Chile, Nicaragua, and Colombia. His first job was as personal assistant to actor /director Dennis Hopper. He has worked as an assistant director with many directors in Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Chile, and the US.

As a screenwriter he just finished an adaption of a Gabriel García Márquez short story to be made in animation He directed a docudrama about the Mayans in Palenque and did a short film about about a Kafka short story. He has also done video art, photography, and painting. He has studied in depth the work of Fellini, Griffith, Chaplin, Buñuel, Kubrick, Scorsese, and Woody Allen. He also has given courses and workshops on film appreciation, film language, documentary and film authors at the National Mexican Cinemateque National, The Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, (México’s top film school), Chile and Colombia. He currently works at the Mexican Film Institute, teaching documentary. In Los Angeles he worked for 15 years in the Hollywood film industry and also founded Frijolywood (Association of Mexican Filmmakers in Los Angeles) a nonprofit that gathered Mexican filmmakers and actors in Hollywood. He belongs to the DGA Directors Guild of America.




On Thursday, January 25, we will explore pure evil with two films:

Force Of Evil (1948), an unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket. A little known masterpiece praised by Martin Scorsese. Directed by Abraham Polonsky.

Touch of Evil (1958), a stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in the Mexican border town of Tijuana. Considered the last great film of the golden age of Film Noir. With Charlton Heston and acted and directed by Orson Welles. Talk about Mexican American relations!

On January 26, it’s the turn for mysterious women with two films:

Laura (1944), a police detective (Dana Andrews) falls in love with the woman (Gene Tierney) whose murder he is investigating. With a one of a kind performance by Clifton Webb, who steals the film, and the great Vincent Price. Directed by: Otto Preminger.

Sunset Boulevard (1950), a screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star’s script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. Without a doubt the most significant film about Hollywood. Gloria Swanson gives her best performance ever. Don’t miss the director/actor Erich Von Stroheim as Max the butler and Bill Holden as the naïve screenwriter who wants to make it big in the Hollywood labyrinth. Directed by master director Billy Wilder.


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