Hopperesque

Hopperesque

Monday, 31 December 2012

Cheap Reward


All the signposts on this road that point one way
Don't act like you're above me, just look at your shoes
I'll turn the light out now cos there's nothing more to say
And it's all been lost before so there's nothing more to lose

Cheap Reward
(Costello)
Elvis Costello
1977

image Peter Lindbergh
reblogged from hotparade

Sunday, 30 December 2012

New Noir

Killing Them Softly
Rampart
Hotel Noir
I Anna
Killing Them Softly
Deadfall
Love Crime
Killer Joe
End of Watch
The Iceman

Hotel Noir


              All of these either recently released or due out soon to varying degrees of praise.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Taxicab Noir


     Reading Bukowski in my cab
     And it's like sweet poison in my veins
     I haven't had a day off in 13 days
     I feel crusty and psychotic
     And i dream of a beer
     The way a man dreams of
     The nape of his lover's neck


Cabbie
Nick Plumber

from
Modern Drunkard Magazine

Friday, 28 December 2012

Classic Fragments12- In the Club


                                         The nasty club scene from Odds Against Tommorow made in 1959, significantly later than Touch of Evil, and therefore as society began to change reflecting some race issues of it's time.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Vengeance of Femme


    Once a woman turns against you, forget it. They can love you, then something turns in them. They can watch you dying in a gutter, run over by a car, and they'll spit on you.

Charles Bukowski
Women
1978

image Kirsten Heiberg
reblogged from 
Film Noir Photos

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Restless


                If you're a sucker for spy thrillers set in wartime and played out over three hours in two-parts then this, based on William Boyd's book and starting on BBC this month, may do the trick.



Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Never Come Morning


                       He forced himself to look ; thousands of little people and hundreds of bright little stands, and all over it the coal-smoke pall of the river factories and railroad yards. He saw in that moment the whole dim-lit city on the last night of summer; the troubled streets that led to the abandoned beaches, the 'For Rent' signs above overnight hotels and furnished basement rooms, moving trolleys and rising bridges ; the cagework city beneath a coal-smoke sky.

Never Come Morning
Nelson Algren
1942


image
Kertesz  West 134th street 
New York 1944

Monday, 24 December 2012

Films Soleil 4

Straight Time

Breathless

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Desert Fury

Devil in a Blue Dress

Cockfighter

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Point Blank

The Onion Field

Bad Day at Black Rock

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Time is a Thief


Yes time is a thief that will steal your tomorrows
And leave only yesterday
Yes, time is a thief that will rob you of your years
Your youth the only ransom you can pay

Time is a Thief
(M. Newbury)
Solomon Burke
1967


image
Willy Ronis 
Paris 1950

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Jazz Noir 2


                            Music was our wife and we loved her. We stayed with her, clothed her, and put diamond rings on her hands.

Lionel Hampton


image
Francis Wolff
(Hank Mobley-
Saxophonist) 1965

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Psycho Noir


Hitchcock made this a landmark in the development of modern Horror but many would say that up to the point where Leigh pulls up at the Bates motel it shows many strong touches of Noir.






Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Long Road Home


                         Steering with my elbows, i took my cigarettes out and lit one, placing my hands on the wheel before i went off the road. Eventually i could stand the radio no longer and shut it off, locking myself in a steel box with my thoughts. I could hear the wheels hammering the road with a new found importance, hurtling toward the end of my journey.

Catharsis
The Long Road Home
Willis Gordon
2011

image 
Ernst Haas
New York 1960

Monday, 17 December 2012

Noir Charade


   When we played our charade
   We were like children posing
   Playing at games, acting out names
   Guessing the parts we played

   Fate seemed to pull the strings
   I turned and you were gone
   While from the darkened wings
   The music box played on


Charade
(Mancini/ Mercer)
1963

image 
Lillian Bassman
Harpers Bazaar

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Ellroy - Demon Dog


             This gives a hint of the grittiness within Ellroy's Los Angeles depicted so well in his books so far. You can tell the love he has for his hometown and it's status in Noir.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Devil Noir


                           The devil's best trick was to convince us he doesn't exist.

Baudelaire

image
Vaclav Chochola
Prague 1943

Friday, 14 December 2012

Films Soleil 3

Save the Tiger

To Live and Die in L.A

Reservoir Dogs

Night Moves

The Changeling

Jackie Brown

Ask the Dust

Soldier's Story

Drive

White Sands