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Calendar, Night&Day Gallic Noir

Gallic Noir

Say what you will about the French, but they were the first to seriously appreciate the sordid artistry of pulp fiction greats Cornell Woolrich and David Goodis. The young and restless moviemakers of the Nouvelle Vague, more attracted to post-war…
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Calendar, Night&Day Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The engine of film noir isn’t lust or greed, as primal as those impulses are. It’s guilt. And not the weak-tea stuff they serve in Catholic school, but a soul-gnawing, whiskey-craving amalgam of remorse, regret, and retribution. Ask wronged man…
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Calendar, Night&Day Play It Again, François

Play It Again, François

The French New Wave blew a hurricane gale of fresh air into the stultified, hierarchical conventions of late-'50s world cinema, which continues to fill the sails of young filmmakers to this day. We all know — or think we know…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Goodis Touch

The Goodis Touch

David Goodis rode a bumpy rocket to hell. Fresh out of college, he published his first novel in 1939. Universal threw him a wad of cash to pen a screenplay, and magazines queued up to run his fatalistic crime fiction.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lesser-Known Nightmares

Lesser-Known Nightmares

There are no second chances in film noir. Hell, the first chance is a scam, a hundred-to-one shot, a fool’s errand or, if the sucker is lucky, a blind alley. There’s no learning from past mistakes, no returning to the…
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