Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Whether we Win

            Life has but one true charm ; the charm of the game. But what if we're indifferent to whether we win or we lose ?
Charles Baudelaire

George Bellows

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Live the Questions Now

                 ..........  Do not search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live with them. And the point is, live everything, live the questions now.

Rainer Maria Rilke

London 1930s

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

In a Strange Town

            Try listening to yourself sometime, alone in a transient room in a strange town. The worst is when you draw a blank and the ash-blonde ghosts of the past carry on long twittering long-distance calls with your inner ear, and there's no way to hang up.

Ross MacDonald


Monday, 15 August 2016

Death and the City

             The viewer shares Johnny's vertigo through a rapid montage of blurred and tilted shots, establishing an intimate identification with his physical suffering and inner life that is crucial to the film's power.

Imogen Sara Smith
Death and the City - Odd Man Out
Criterion.com 2015

Odd Man Out - 1947

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Never Alone

Sometimes people who are never alone are the loneliest. Don't you think so ?

A.I Bezzerides

reblogged via oldogsandwhiskey.tumblr

Mabel Dwight

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Jagged Fragments


Armee Des Ombres

Lost Weekend

The Grifters

Le Cercle Rouge

The Leopard Man

 Le Samourai

Reckless Moment

Godfather II


In the Mood for Love

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

City on the Make

               .......... Chicago lives like a drunken El-rider who cannot remember where he got on or at what station he wants to get off. The sound of wheels moving below satisfies him that he is making progress.

Nelson Algren
Chicago - City on the Make

Art Shay
Algren at poker

The Sinner can be Washed

There's a place I know where the train goes slow
Where the sinner can be washed in the blood of the lamb
There's a river by the trestle down by sinner's grove
Down where the willow and the dogwood grow

Down by the Train
(Tom Waits)
Johnny Cash

Eleanor Barreau

Monday, 8 August 2016

Harold Cazneaux

Between One and Another

                 ........ Boxing's essential situation - the violent encounter between one and another - is both a stylized distillation of the state of conflict and the enactment of a genuine possibility that we the spectators could encounter, one that inspires both fear and exhilaration.

Jacob Mazer
Everybody's a Sucker for Something
Jan 2015

The Set Up - 1949

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Trapped within the Glass

              These four human beings drawn together by happenstance, seem trapped within the glass walls, specimens for our imaginations. The couple in the background hunch over the cherry wood counter, their faces tired and gaunt. The woman examines her nails, seemingly oblivious to the man sitting next to her.

J.M Pressley
essay on Nighthawks

sketch for Nighthawks 1942 
Edward Hopper

Wherever I Turn

Wherever I turn the black wave rushes down on me.
Franz Kafka

The Godfather

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Don't Go to Strangers

Don't Go to Strangers
Etta Jones - 1960

Explanation for Everything

There's an innocuous explanation for everything. Everything is a coin that has two sides to it, and one side is innocuous, but the other can be ominous.

Cornell Woolrich
New York Blues -
circa 1950s

1950 pontiac