Thursday 28 February 2019

A Sacred Space

         Boxing inhabits a sacred space predating civilisation ; or, to use D.H Lawrence's phrase, before God was love. If it suggests a savage ceremony or a rite of atonement, it also suggests the futility of such gestures.

Joyce Carol Oates
On Boxing

Stanley Kubrick

More Undercover

 Odessa File


Hangmen Also Die

Cambridge Spies


Operation Finale

Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Armee Des Ombres


Mr Arkadin


Black Book

Flame and Citron

The Debt

The Kremlin Letter

Charlotte Gray

The Conversation

Operation Valkyrie (2004)

Wednesday 27 February 2019

More Ted Croner


Through the Mill

If you want the thrill of love
I've been through the mill of love
Old love, new love
Every love but true love
Love for Sale
Ella Fitgerald

George Gross

Tuesday 26 February 2019

The Flip Side

         Film Noir is the flip side of the all-American success story. It's about people who realize that following a program will never get them what they crave. So they cross the line, commit a crime and reap the consequences. Or, they're tales about seemingly innocent people tortured by paranoia and ass-kicked by fate. Either way, they depict a world that's merciless and unforgiving.

Eddie Muller

Out of the Past

Noise and the Chance

        Dust when it was dry, mud when it was raining. Swearing, steaming, sweating, scheming bribing, bellowing, cheating, the carny went it's way. It came like a pillar of fire by night, bringing excitment and new things into the drowsy towns - lights and noise and the chance to win an indian blanket, to ride on the ferris wheel, to see the wild man who fondles those reptiles as a mother would fondle her babes.

William Lindsay Gresham
Nightmare Alley


Monday 25 February 2019

Dahlia Never Dies

        A pretty social girl, Short dated often but seldom seriously. She was not known as a drinker, despite the El Paseo incident, and worked regularly as a theatre usher, cashier and waitress.
       Her final year morphed toward parasitic behaviour. She mooched meals, rides, housing and money. She had excellent radar for picking nice people who would be sympathetic to the sad story about her fiance's death.

excerpt from
The Black Dahlia Never Dies
Gretchen Wenner
Santa Barbara Independent - June 2018

Elizabeth Short
Sept 1943

More Lost Weekend

Sunday 24 February 2019

Big Lonely City #36

Thurston Hopkins

 Ted Croner

Bruce Davidson

Blanc and Demilly 

David Vestal

 Esther Bubley


Izis Bidermanas

Edouard Boubat

Andreas Feininger


Fred Herzog

Mario De Biasi

Walter Sanders

Henri Cartier Bresson


Benn Mitchell

Todd Webb

Elliot Erwitt

W. Chandoha

Ida Wyman

 Peter Keetman

Martin Elkort

Sam Falk



Fred Lyon

Vivian Maier

Sy Kattelson