NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD

NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD 2017

 

 

ONE WAY STREET

 

Final Round for Budd Schulberg

 

The timekeepers bell finally sounded for Budd Schulberg who died aged 95 today. Although he became one of the more astute chroniclers of Old Hollywood, his seminal writing including the novel What Makes Sammy Run? and screenplays for On the Waterfront, The Harder They Fall (Bogart's last film that ranks with The Setup as the best boxing movie ever made) and A Face in the Crowd will continue to enthrall future generations.

Here's a link to a New York Times interview with Schulberg from 2006. I enjoyed that he thought the best scene in On the Waterfront was also my favorite as well.

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Examining Film Noir... On Campus

 

For those who are interested in the historical study of film noir, a close friend and colleague - Chris D., ace programmmer at the American Cinematheque - will be teaching "Examining Film Noir" at the Academy of Art in San Francisco during the month of September. This course is available to EVERYONE and I wouldn't recommend something like this unless I knew it was worthwhile. Here is the additional detail:

Writer, filmmaker, musician and on-sabbatical American Cinematheque programmer Chris D. will be teaching a Film Noir history class (called EXAMINING FILM NOIR) in the Liberal Arts department at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, starting mid-September, 2009. The class runs 15 sessions (or modules as they call them in academic-speak) on Tuesday afternoons, 3:30 PM – 6:20 PM. Classes consist of lecture, film clips (clips from between 5 - 6 films each session discussed in context of each session’s theme) and a 1 page written assignment each week based on an assigned film watched at home. Session themes include What is Film Noir?, Outlaw Couples, Amor Fou (Self-Destructive & Doomed Love), Going Straight (Prison Life & the Plight of the Ex-Con), The Sociopathic Killer, The Heist, Cops & Hoods, Social Issue & Docu-Drama Style Noir, The Doomed Man (or Woman) & Their Impossible Quest, The Private Eye and Others, Suburbs Gone Haywire, Noir from Europe, Neo-Noir (1960-1979) and Neo-Noir (1980-2009).

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Final Curtain for an Actor's Actor

When I found out that Karl Malden died last week, I initially recalled many of my favorite roles that he played and thought about how much he would be missed.

His peaceful demise at 97 years of age doesn’t qualify as a tragedy, but even as a signpost of normal passage, there is genuine bereavement at his departure.

As an actor and persona, Malden was so steady, so permanent. It never occurred to me that there would be a world without Karl Malden. He simply had always been there in movies, television and before all that, a belwether of Broadway.

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