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Everything posted by Lolita1

  1. I I just watched this the other night and love listening and or reading anything Ellroy. There is a book of noir short stories called "The Best American Noir of the century" which is edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. Ellroy also writes the introduction. I'm including a few lines from it. "We created it, but they love it in France more than we do here. Noir is the most scruitinized offshoot of the hard-boiled school of fiction. It's the long drop of the short pier, the wrong man and the wrong woman in perfect misalliance." "The thrill of noir is the rush of moral forfei
  2. The Thin Man series never fails to amaze me with the amount of drinking. Nora Charles keeps up with husband Nick when she asks how many martinis he's had before she arrived (6). She promptly tells the waiter that she will have 6 and just line them up right here on the table - whew! In another one of the movies, at a hugh party, she orders up several case or scotch and also a "flock" of sandwiches. Maybe that's how they could still walk and talk! Doesn't work for me - I'd be passed out on the floor!!!!
  3. Like many noir fans, I grew up wating these films. Not only was there no cable when I was growing up but I lived in a rural area. I loved all of them but the first one that really got me started on film noir was "The Shanghai Gesture" (1941) directed by Josef von Sternberg. I love the films that take place in the orient such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macao etc. The busy atmosphere of these cities seems to add to the sometimes nightmarish scenes in film noir.
  4. What did you notice about Rita Hayworth's performance when you were watching this scene? Her performance shows the desperate lengths that Gilda will go to not only irritate Johnny but to also get back at him for not letting her leave him and/or get a divorce or annulment. This desperation shows in the extreme provocativeness of the performance. The song is a little provocative but Gilda pulls all the stops out with this performance. She appears to have been drinking, she's uncoordinated at times and seems to be glassy eyed. I think that she is doing more than just trying to anger and irrit
  5. I agree that almost everything is a lot of violence, special effects, and blowing up everything. There are also good films but everything seems to be going in the direction of "Bigger, Better, More as far as violence and special effects are concerned. An almost overwhelming and bombarding of the senses. With film Noir, at least for me, there is that constant, taut feeling of not knowing what is going to happen from minute to minute. Even though we know that in Film Noir the ending isn't going to be pretty, we still stay glued to the movie until the end. Our imagination runs wild and to me tha
  6. I always thought I was born to late in time. Love everything 40's and thanks to old relatives I have a lot of old furniture, floor lamps, and other period items I actually use. My favorite is an old cigarette ceramic box. Great environment to indulge in my favorite - film noir. My best friend said "Your house looks like an old movie set. What could I say except "Thank you."
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