Dark Valentine: ‘For the Love of Film (Noir)’ Begins Today

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Film noir is everywhere. Its influence can be seen on the runways of New York Fashion Week, in the cinematic designs of high-end cocktail lounges, and in countless modern movies and TV shows. And yet many of the ’40s and ’50s crime dramas – with their cynical characters, sexual tension, shadowy scenes, and constant sense of foreboding – are at risk of disappearing, as the original, unrestored film stock deteriorates by the day. It is for this reason that film bloggers Marilyn Ferdinand of Ferdy on Films and Farran Smith Nehme of the Self-Styled Siren have launched their second annual blogathon to benefit film preservation.

For the Love of Film (Noir) features more than 80 writers blogging on the topic of film noir for the express purpose of raising money for the Film Noir Foundation‘s efforts to restore the 1950 noir classic, The Sound of Fury.

The week-long blogathon has some high-octane editorial talent behind it, with critics such as David Ehrenstein, Greg Ferrara, and Dave Kehr lending their prose to the cause. Last year’s blogathon raised more than $30,000 to restore two silent films, so hopes are high that this year’s effort will rescue The Sound of Fury – which was made by blacklisted director Cy Endfield and starred Lloyd Bridges and Frank Lovejoy – from death by disintegration.

Keep up with all the writing – and increase your knowledge of the genre exponentially – via Ferdy on Films and the Self-Styled Siren, or just jump on in and donate. Don’t be afraid of the dark.