Shooting the Past (BBC TV – 1999): Inside the Frame

Does an image contain a story? Or is it an instant in chaos that has no more substances than the crystals fixed on fading paper or in the pixels that exist only as long as an electric current flows?

Is a photograph ever true or real?

Does an image contain a story?  Or is it an instant in chaos that has no more substance than the crystals fixed on fading paper or in the pixels that exist only as long as an electric current flows?

Does it have no more substance than the viewer?  Is it a memory? Or is it simply a crack in the future past of some cosmic consciousness?

 

Noir Poetica: The Art of the B-Movie

Hollywood b-movies are a treasure trove of haunting images as arresting and poetic as any in cinema. Check out the slideshow of magic scenes from classic b-noirs…

Hollywood b-movies are a treasure trove of haunting images as arresting and poetic as any in cinema.

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New York City Noir: The concrete jungle

“New York City. An architectural jungle where fabulous wealth…
and the deepest squalor live side by side.
New York, the busiest, the loneliest, the kindest and the cruelest of cities.”
– Voice-over after opening credits  Side Street (1950)

Side Street (1950)
Director – Anthony Mann
DP  – Joseph Ruttenberg
Story & Screenplay  – Sydney Boehm

A tight and savvy noir exploring the claustrophobic canyons of New York ending with an ironically appropriate  ‘crash’ on Wall Street.