February 23, 2012

Preserved Print of Three Strangers On-Screen in Seattle

Beginning Friday, Feb. 24, and running through Thursday, Mar. 1, Eddie Muller and the Seattle International Film Festival will host the annual film noir festival “Noir City” at the SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, and on the schedule will be the newly-preserved 35mm print of Three Strangers. Muller and the Film Noir Foundation recently went to the expense of producing the print for the “Noir City” festival at the Castro Theater in San Francisco.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, Three Strangers will be shown on a double-bill with The Great Gatsby (1949). The matinee begins at 2 pm with The Great Gatsby; Three Strangers follows at 4:30 pm. The evening show begins at 7 pm with The Great Gatsby, and Three Strangers begins at 9:30 pm.

Tickets for both matinee and evening are $12 for adults, $11 for Youth and Seniors (with valid ID), and $7 for SIFF Members. Purchase a ticket for The Great Gatsby at 4:30 or 7 pm, and the ticket stub is admission to Three Strangers at 4:30 or 9:30 pm.

Passes for the entire festival are also available – at $60 or $35 for SIFF members. To receive the discount on all tickets and passes, SIFF members must log into their account first and then order tickets.

Tickets may be purchased through the SIFF website or over the telephone at (206) 324-9996. An additional fee of $1.25 per ticket, up to $5, will be charged for web and phone orders. There is no fee to redeem Early Bird ticket packages, ticket vouchers, or for membership purchases.

Tickets purchased are available for pick-up at Will-Call at the Uptown on the day of the show. The box office and Will-Call open 30 minutes before the first show of the day and remain open during scheduled film screenings. Seating is guaranteed until 10 minutes prior to screening. Late seating is not available.

The SIFF Cinema at the Uptown is located at 511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, Washington. The Uptown may be reached by both bus and monorail. Public transportation information is available on the SIFF website.

For his book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen Youngkin interviewed Joan Lorring, who plays Peter Lorre's love interest in both Three Strangers and The Verdict a year later in 1946. Then-21-year-old Ms. Lorring developed a tremendous crush on Peter and began wearing short skirts to the studio rather than slacks. "I can't tell you how that looked," she commented.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is now available in paperback, as well as the Kindle, Nook, and hard-back.

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