Dragnet

Friday marks the opening of “Noir City: Chicago,” the weeklong festival of film noir presented by Music Box and the Film Noir Foundation. This is the ninth annual edition, which should give you some idea of the festival’s popularity, and with each passing year the programmers, having already screened most of the classic noirs of the 1940s and ’50s, have to strain a little harder to come up with fresh titles. Opening night is a case in point: a double feature of L.A. Confidential (1997), Curtis Hanson’s star-studded Oscar winner about corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department of the early 50s, and Dragnet (1954), Jack Webb’s theatrical spin-off from his wildly popular radio and TV show. Continue reading>>