Category Archives: film noir

Recommended Read: Striptease In Noir by Jimmy Vargas

jimmy-vargas-striptease-in-noir-book-cover-c-jimmy-vargas-2015v2aWhen songwriter Jay inherits an ill-fated burlesque club in 1940s Los Angeles, his wild life gets even wilder and wilder.

Jimmy Vargas’ breathless and beautevil Striptease In Noir is a lethal cocktail of crime and the occult, jazz and burlesque, rich and playful prose, vivid and lurid imagery, James Ellroy, Barry Gifford, Kenneth Anger and more!

Recommended Read: British ’60s Cinema by Paul Thompson

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Paul Thompson’s BRITISH 60s CINEMA website is a gem. Don’t take my word for it, the great Cathi Unsworth is a fan, too. Here’s  the SP:

This website will celebrate the vitalilty and variety of British cinema in the 1960s (whilst straying back into the 1950s and on into the 1970s, and sometimes just covering interesting British films from any era). In general I have taken the definition of the 1960s from Dominic Sandbrook’s ‘Never had it so good’, which starts the era in 1956, and goes through to summer 1970. In cinematic terms, this is about right – although Room at the Top wasn’t released until 1959, the literary impetus for such films goes back a few years – and the early 1970s films such as A Clockwork Orange, Villain and of course Get Carter feel very different again.

There are articles and pieces on various topics, some obvious (but I think worth including) such as the New Wave of the early 60s (completely redone March 2013) and some not so obvious, such as pages on the influence of 60s films on The Smiths and the film club I ran in Abu Dhabi.  The website is now branching out more into other areas of British cinema, such as the page on the ‘spiv cycle’ of the 1940s or a new piece on the filn adaptations of the so-called low-life writing in the 1930s. Tuesday's Overlooked Film: Charlie Bubbles

There is a feature which I will add to as often as I can on ‘unsung films’ such as The Small World of Sammy Lee, The System, Deep End, Charlie Bubbles and The Boys, pages on recommended books and DVDs – and a section on adaptations of not-so-well-known books into more famous films such as To Sir, with Love and Get Carter.’