5 Comments

  1. Kelli Stanley
    January 26, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

    Excellent points, Mysti!! Thanks for commenting!! 🙂 I think that class/ethnic prejudice is built into movies of the time … there was a great deal of antisemitism and anti-immigrant feeling during and immediately after WWII. Some of my favorite noirs actually deal with the theme (Crossfire is the most prominent example, I guess).
    And how fascinating about the ’52 recession–I haven’t heard that before!!
    Anyway, my dear, well spoken as usual, and I’m only sorry we didn’t see you and your hubbie on Saturday night!! Hope we run into each other again!! 🙂
    xoxo

  2. Kelli Stanley
    January 26, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

    Thank you, Walter! I think anyone who publishes Sam Fuller takes Noir City with him wherever he goes. 🙂

    Kelli

  3. Hard Boiled Mysti
    January 25, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    Kelli–thanks for the great recap! I wonder if the script can’t take a little of the blame in Scandal Sheet. I overheard one fellow say “I felt like Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny {stamps foot} come on! come on! pick up the phone!”

    I also noticed a sort of class consciousness in both films — immigrants and lower class folks were killers and victims, the white, educated people didn’t do that sort of thing. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional, but it sure was interesting…

    finally, though I think of the 50s as being go-go growth periods, there was a recession in 1952. Both these films resonated along that line as well.

    Thanks for capturing the experience of Noir City for everyone!!!!!

  4. Anonymous
    January 25, 2009 @ 4:14 am

    As the Dutch publisher of Samuel Fuller’s 144 Piccadilly, Dark Page, The big red one and The Riffle (only published in dutch)I am so sad not to live in Noir City.

    walter.soethoudt@telenet.be

  5. R.J. Mangahas
    January 24, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    Noir City sounds like a lot of fun. Wish I could be there for it.