Hopperesque

Hopperesque

Sunday, 18 February 2018

George Diskant

 Narrow Margin

Desperate

On Dangerous Ground

They Live by Night

The Racket

Drink Something Else


           "The rest of them drink something else ; they drink promises. They drink hope. And i've got to hand it to them."

William Lindsay Gresham
Nightmare Alley
1946

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mosaic Noir .......... 81

Bound

Key Largo

Chinatown

Lost Weekend

Armee Des Ombres

Odd Man Out

Reservoir Dogs

Sweet Smell of Success

Le Cercle Rouge

Narrow Margin

Lullaby in Noir


Quiet, don't explain
What is there to gain
Skip that lipstick
Don't explain
Don't Explain
(Holiday/Herzog)
Billie Holiday

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Marcel Bovis
La Chapelle 1933

Friday, 16 February 2018

Full of Strangers


          Cities are not like suburbs only denser. They differ from towns and suburbs in basic ways, and one of these is that cities are, by definition, full of strangers.

Jane Jacobs
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
1961

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Leland Foster

The Woman Chaser


The Woman Chaser
Robinson Devor
1999

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Nat Farbman 2







Like a Right Town


        This sounds like a right town. So you take the job, and you settle down in the town. And of course neither one of 'em is right, they're just like all the others. The job stinks. The town stinks. You stink. And there's not a goddamned thing you can do about it. All you can do is go on like the other guys go on. The guy giving haircuts to dogs and the guy sweeping up horse manure. Hating it. Hating yourself. And hoping.

Jim Thompson
A Hell of a Woman
1954

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Stayed with Her


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

Lionel Hampton

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Davide Beroni

Carl Franklin

One False Move

Devil in a Blue Dress

Out of Time

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

No Other Person


      Loneliness i began to realise was a populated place : a city in itself. And when one inhabits a city, even a city as rigorously and logically constructed as Manhattan, one starts by getting lost. Over time you begin to develop a mental map, a collection of favoured destinations and preferred routes, a labyrinth no other person could precisely duplicate or reproduce.

Olivia Laing
The Lonely City
2016

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Edward Hopper
study for Nighthawks

Every Sinner ............. 28

Two Jakes

Moonrise

The Ghost

Ace in the Hole

Bad Day at Black Rock

Carol

Sweet Smell of Success

Rear Window

Killing Them softly

In Cold Blood

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gun Crazy

Devil in a Blue Dress

Monday, 12 February 2018

It Isn't Working


       Everybody's living through or for or against someone else. It doesn't make too much sense, and it isn't working too well.

Ross MacDonald
The Far Side of the Dollar
1965

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Cedric Peyravernay

Sy Kattelson 2