Friday, 31 August 2012

Jive Noir - Iceberg Slim

                   It was the beginning of a bitter winter. Mama packed pressing irons and waving combs into a small bag and wrapped me warmly in blankets and set out into the bleak friendless city to ring door bells, the bag in one arm and i in the other.

Pimp- The Story of My Life
Iceberg Slim

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Willem Dafoe

To Live and Die in L.A
Light Sleeper
Auto Focus
The Loveless
Boondock Saints
Ripley Under Ground
White Sands
Misissipi Burning
Last Temptation of Christ

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Tangled up in Blue

Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like mama's homemade dress
Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough
And i was standing on the side of the road
Rain fallin on my shoes
Headin out for the East coast
Lord knows i've paid some dues gettin' through
Tangled up in blue

Tangled up in Blue
Bob Dylan

image The Killing 1956

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Hardboiled Hemingway

                         Eddy was a good man on a boat once, before he got to be a rummy, but he isn't any good now. I looked at him standing there tall and hollow cheeked with his mouth loose and that white stuff in the corners of his eyes and his hair all faded in the sun. I knew he woke up dead for a drink.

To Have and Have Not
Ernest Hemingway

Monday, 27 August 2012

Classic Fragments 2 - End of the Line

                                             Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in Wilder's masterpiece Double Indemnity co-written for big screen by Chandler himself.

Tim Lane- Graphic Noir


Sunday, 26 August 2012

All Time Retro Noir

Millers Crossing
L.A Confidential
Armee Des Ombres
They Shoot Horses Don't They
Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Dance with a Stranger
Devil in a Blue Dress
End of the Affair (1999)
Let Him Have It

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Tony D'Ambra

                  I must have slept or did i ? The slatted light from the flashing red neon sign outside was making crazy patterns on the ceiling. Discordant jazz notes drifted in through the open window from a bar down the street. A woman was wailing now. Somewhere in this flophouse.

Not Dark Yet

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Tony D'Ambra

Friday, 24 August 2012

Get Along Without You Very Well

                             I've forgotten you just like i should
                             Of course i have
                             Except to hear your name
                             Or someone's laugh that is the same
                             But i've forgotten you just like i should

I Get Along Without You Very Well
(H. Carmichael)
Frank Sinatra

image Elizabeth Shue

Thursday, 23 August 2012


The storyline of small town detective in Big apple searching for missing person by way of blackmailing the hooker was relatively adventurous and slightly erotic when made in 1971 by Alan J. Pakula who also gave us All the Presidents Men and Parallax View. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Amnesia Noir - Lost Westlake

                                         He opened the envelope first. Inside there were wallet and watch and Zippo lighter and a stale pack of cigarettes and a ballpoint pen and thirty-five cents in change. Everything that had been in his clothes he guessed.

Donald Westlake

Written 1963
published 2010

Monday, 20 August 2012

More Bad Cops

Internal Affairs

The Prowler

             A constant recurring theme in all Noir eras : the corrupt cop(s) on downward spiral.

Touch of Evil

Reservoir Dogs


Kansas City Confidential

Cop Land

Underworld U.S.A

L.A Confidential

Sweet Smell of Success

Killer Inside Me

Romeo is Bleeding

Sunday, 19 August 2012

One Broken Promise at a Time

                       Lonesome's a whole other thing. Incurable. Terminal. A hole in your heart you could drive a semi truck through. So big and so deep that no amount of money or whiskey or pussy or dope in the whole goddam world can fill it up because you dug it yourself and your digging it still, one lie, one disappointment and one broken promise at a time.

I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive
Steve Earle

photo Andreas Feininger

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Classic fragments1 - Killing of Freddie Bauer

The killing of the Freddie Bauer character in Abraham Polonsky's Force of Evil which is definitely one of the most stylishly choreographed murder scenes from  all of Classic Noir.