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« #1275 : April 25, 2017, 08:08:01 AM »

Xh, I have Death on the Cheap and like it too. Another one I like is Eddie Muller's Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir.


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« #1276 : April 25, 2017, 10:30:42 AM »

Another one I like is Eddie Muller's Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir.

I've not read it, but heard good things about it (and of course Eddie Muller knows his noir). One to add to the ever-expanding 'to get' list!  :)


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« #1277 : April 25, 2017, 11:03:58 AM »



Some strange and interesting stuff.

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« #1278 : April 25, 2017, 11:35:52 AM »



Some strange and interesting stuff.
Bah. I gave it away. What about the above mentioned two on noir? i seem to remember you reviewed the Muller but can't find the post. Anyway I ordered both.


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« #1279 : April 25, 2017, 03:24:51 PM »

The Muller is very good, the reason we can't find them maybe I just posted the image and didn't identify the title or author.

The Re Strange Films has some interesting info about the rise of Grindhouse Cinema from the late 50s from the interviews conducted within. I got some value out of it.

The other two are on my wish list.  O0

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« #1280 : May 17, 2017, 03:34:14 PM »

I'm halfway reading both the Lyons and the Muller. Both are very good. Lyons is able to give a very complete though succinct view of the rise and fall of the genre, pointing up the most important productive conditions and stylistic traits of the movies. Not a word wasted. 10/10 Muller defines the genre by going through themes and personalities while describing the movies, with the help of great pictures. (Still I don't understand how he can apparently ignore that The Big Heat was based on a novel by McGivern). Though I like his style, I don't agree with his attitude to read more in the movies than what is actually to be found therein, so I give it 9/10.   


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« #1281 : May 18, 2017, 01:20:51 AM »




The name of the film?


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« #1282 : May 18, 2017, 01:33:37 AM »

I am currently reading 'The Mugger' by Ed McBain. It is one of his 87th Precinct novels from the 1950s and his street dialogue is very much like the noir and crime films of the time. I don't think that this story got filmed like some of his stories. Most notably 'The Blackboard Jungle.'

He went on to write for Hitchcock 'The Birds' under the mane of Evan Hunter which I think may have been his real name. 'The Mugger' is good pulp-type writing with some little bit of poetic comparisons. He compares the city streets of the 87th Precinct to a wild woman and all her changing moods. So I think I will look out for more Ed McBain books.


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« #1283 : May 18, 2017, 03:13:03 AM »

The name of the film?

The one on the cover?


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« #1284 : May 18, 2017, 04:19:19 AM »

The one on the cover?

Of course.

(Which one else?)


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« #1285 : May 18, 2017, 04:10:27 PM »



The Mask (1961) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055151/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_3

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« #1286 : May 18, 2017, 09:08:06 PM »

The Mask (1961) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055151/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_3

There's an interesting note in the IMDB trivia section Slavko Vorkapich was once linked to this:

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According to a piece on the film in "Filmfax" (issue #25), Slavko Vorkapich's ideas for the 3-D sequences were ultimately too expensive to be used, and director Julian Roffman did much of the conceptual work himself. Vorkapich's name remained in the credits because of a "pay or play" option in his contract.

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« #1287 : May 05, 2020, 03:18:39 PM »

This thread has been dormant since Groggy left!

I am in middle of reading "The Voice of America," a biography of Lowell Thomas by Mitchell Stephens. Pretty good.

On that note, I've been chatting lately via email with Groggs -  yes he is alive and well  :)

I also just read a book called "Hollywood Godfather: The Life and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson," by his son W.R. Wilkerson III.

Billy Wilkerson was the founder of the Hollywood Reporter, seems to have been a very powerful person in Hollywood that nobody today has heard of. He was a scoundrel  ? press coverage of studios and their films was linked to how many ads they placed; he was involved in an extortion scheme (more info on that here https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-07-05-ca-2024-story.html  and here http://www.filmnoirfoundation.org/noircitymag/The-Chicago-Way.pdf ) He was also involved with the Bugsy Siegel Famingo casino fiasco.

The book largely relies on interviews with people who knew Wilkerson. The author seems to genuinely be trying to find out the truth, and is very upfront about his father's misdeeds, as the title suggests. The only issue is that one of his main sources was his father's personal secretary, who seems to have had a wild imagination. For example, the secretary told him that Wilkerson threatened Harry Cohn into giving Frank Sinatra the career-saving role in From Here to Eternity; the secretary obviously cribbed that from The Godfather. Also, it is well known that Lana Turner was discovered as a teenager sipping a soda at a store counter. The book says it as Wilkerson who made that discovery. Who knows if it's true. But Wilkerson was definitely very close friend with Turner.

Wilkerson also was the owner of some legendary Hollywood restaurants and nightclubs.

Anyway, while some of the secretary's stories should be taken with a grain of salt, overall the book is a good read.

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« #1288 : November 29, 2020, 05:39:06 PM »

My local library has been closed since last spring. So I've actually had to purchase books lately.

I just read "Making Movies," by Sidney Lumet, from 1995. Lumet goes through the step by step process of making movies  - script, rehearsal, filming, cinematography, lenses, lighting, sound, music, etc.

I am sure it is a great joy for filmmakers, but even for a non-filmmaker who knows nothing about the technical side of making movies, this book is a pleasure. Everyone has seen at least a handful of Lumet movies, and it is nice seeing little bits of information about his films.



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« #1289 : December 02, 2020, 01:00:38 AM »

My local library has been closed since last spring. So I've actually had to purchase books lately.



Library just announced it would be opening ? days after I ordered six books from Amazon! So I guess I won't be visiting there for a while




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