Film Noir vs. Neo-Noir

A brief discussion of the Film Noir and Neo Noir genre written by: sourav sarkar More likely, a mood or tone, rather than a genre, ‘film noir’ usually refers to a period of filmmaking in France, right after World War II. First by French film critics around the 1940s. The literal translation means a ‘Black film’, seems fitting since many noticed the sense of darkness, downbeat, despair, insecurities of that time.

Film Noir

Often, a story would revolve around a cynical, hard-headed, male character, disillusioned from society’s norms, who would meet a beautiful, amoral, seductive female. Betrayal, manipulation, murder, all were common themes of the film noir. The violent, misogynistic views of anti-heroes are used to show the symptoms of society’s evils, moral conflict, and experiences of injustice. Often dealing with the underworld gangsters and criminals. Don’t expect many happy endings. The visual shots were taken from unusual places and use shadow and low lighting.

American crime and detective films such as The Maltese Falcon (1941), Murder, The Woman in the Window (1944), and Laura (1944) were released in France after the war, they are some all-time classics of the genre.

The difference between Film Noir and Neo-Noir

Neo-noir can be a separate genre on its own. Neo-noir, broadly speaking, it uses the film-noir visual aesthetics and themes and applies them to movies from the 1970s or even later noir mode. In other words, neo-noir is the modern version of the film noir but staying true to its historical themes.

Neo-noir films developed as a consequence of changing certain social attitudes. We see once more the audience building a relationship with the anti-hero. Some of the issues in neo-noir films include identity, subjectivity, generation, social consequences, and memory troubles. There may be lots of nudity and displays of sexuality, excessive violence and previously taboo subjects inclusive of pedophilia. This displays a change in society’s tolerance for content, adjustments in gender dynamics, racial diversity and so forth.

Relocating to Texas (In the Hunt for a Good Realtor)

Relocating from one place to another can be a very time consuming process as you will need to put in a lot of time and effort for relocation. But the most important thing that you will need to do is to look for a real estate agent because finding a good real estate agent when relocating is the best way of getting complete peace of mind. The real estate agent will help you to find a place where you can live comfortably and will also assist you in safeguarding your financial interest when you want to buy a property.

You need to look for someone who is reliable and trustworthy and for this you will need to do proper research so that you can find someone who will fulfill all your needs and requirements. You will also need to look for the experience, skills and expertise of the real estate agent so that you can hire a professional who will offer you the best quality service at an affordable price.


There are different ways of finding a good real estate agent when relocating but the best way is to look for the experience of the professionals as it is the best way of assessing the quality of work that you will get from the agent.

With more years of experience, the real estate will help you in finding the best property so that you can relocate to a new place easily and conveniently without facing any kind of issues. The license of the real estate agent is also an important factor that you will need to consider and hence you will need to look for someone who has been licensed by the approved authority for carrying on the task of buying and selling properties.

This is the best way in which you can enjoy painless real estate transaction because when you hire a good real estate agent, you will help you make most of your money. The professional will also take less brokerage charge for his service and hence you will be able to save a considerable amount of money when you hire an experienced and reliable real estate agent when you are relocating.

Real estate agents are considered as the most important part of the buying and selling process who can offer you unique experience and insights for making sure that you can enjoy a smooth and hassle free relocation, so I’m on the lookout for a good Frisco Realtor for this process. Since relocation is the most incredibly important task, you will need to look for a real estate agent who is trustworthy and reliable since property is the biggest asset for you.

Therefore you need to look for a real estate agent with high degree of dedication and professionalism to their work as this is important for providing you with the highest quality of service. The agent also need to carry on proper investigation before buying or selling properties so that you can make the best deal without losing your money in any manner in the property transactions when relocating.


Goodis 98th Birthday Celebration in one weeks time! Will you be there?

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Eighth Annual
98th Birthday Celebration for
David Goodis
Carpool To Hell

March 7th, 2015

9:30 AM – Meet at in Port Richmond Books, 3037 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134 – Street parking available. GPS coordinates (DMS):
39° 58′ 51.8376” N, 75° 6′ 15.9300” W

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There is no cost to be in the car pool to hell.
The tour leaves at 10:00 AM.

QUESTIONS? [email protected]

Noir: The Power of Compliance and Stanley Milgram

Craig Zobel understands that his new film, “Compliance,” makes audiences uncomfortable to the point of creeping them out. That’s kind of the point, the filmmaker says.
“There is that line,” Zobel says. “Obviously, it’s not ideal if you make something that disturbs people so much that they walk out. But this film needed to be challenging. It’s an important story because of how dark it goes. What scares me is that whole idea of who we think we are and who we are when put in a situation like this.”
Based on actual cases, “Compliance” is a fiction film essentially shot on one small set: a mock-up of a fast-food restaurant. The film deals with the manager of a fast-food restaurant (and her employees) who are manipulated by a caller claiming to be a police officer – who tells them that a young female employee has been accused of stealing from a customer. More to the point, he wants the manager to hold her until he gets there and, in the meantime, conduct a thorough search of the young woman. A strip-search.
Aside from the actual incidents (of which there were dozens), Zobel also drew on the Stanford prison experiments (which cast students as guards or prisoners, then revealed just how far the guards would go in dehumanizing the prisoners) and the Stanley Milgram experiments (in which people were instructed to shock subjects who delivered wrong answers).

Zobel still isn’t sure whether anyone can guard against a situation like this one: “That scares me – and that makes it an interesting place to talk about in an artistic way.”

NoirCon 2012 – At-A-Glance


The best way to tell you about the line up for NoirCon 2012, is to let the line up speak for itself. Here it is in a nutshell or as NoirCon 2012 At-A-Glance! Take a moment to visit the websites of these talented individuals and see the noir magic that will come to life at NoirCon 2012!
NoirCon At-A-Glance 2012 [§,*]

Masters of Ceremony: Charles Benoit and Edward G. Pettit


Thursday, November 8th – Phila Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, 531 North 12th Street, 19123, 267-
Heide Hatry – The Art of Noir
Peter Rozovsky – Project Noir Songs
The Scovilles – The Live Music of Noir
Oren Shai – The Condemned


Friday, November 9th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147,,
The Art of Noir – Heide Hatry
Career in C Minor – Wesley Stace, Nathaniel Larson, Cullen Gallagher (moderator)
Good Country People (Southern Noir) – Peter Farris, Vicki Hendricks, Jake Hinkson, Joe Samuel Starnes (moderator), Jonathan Woods

L.A.Noire – Megan Abbot, Lawrence Block, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Santlofer (moderator), Duane Swierczynski
Double Trouble: Taking Noir Personally: Polito and Schenkar – Robert Polito and Joan Schenkar
Jeremiah Healy Interviews Otto Penzler

NoirCon 2012 Award Dinner – Penns Landing Caterer, 1301 South Columbus Blvd, 19147, 215-336-7404,
3rd Goodis Award (Block/Boxer), 3rd Kogan Award (Penzler/Kogan), 1st NoirCon 2012 Poetry Award (Polito) Music: DJ Mobita Entertainment: Grover Silcox- Tell Tale Heart


Saturday, November 10th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147
True Crime – Megan Abbot, Alison Gaylin, Wallace Stroby, Dennis Tafoya
NoirCon 2012 Keynote Speaker – Robert Olen Butler

Jewish Noir – Jay Gertzman, SJ Rozan, Michele Lang, Kenneth Wishnia
Burlesque Noir – Frank DeBlase, Lulu Lollipop, Susana Mayer, Timaree Schmit
Duane Swierczynski Interviews Lawrence Block
NOIR [cash] BAR Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Arch Street, 19107 – 10th Floor Grill

Sunday, November 11th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147

Sex, Noir and Chandler – David Henry Sterry
Crime in Primetime: TV’s most innovative noir series – Jared Case (THE SHIELD), Rich Edwards (BREAKING BAD), Thomas Kaufman (HILL STREET BLUES)

[*] Times subject to change
[§] Panelists subject to change

Noir: Rumspringa gone horribly wrong!

When Amish children turn 16, the rules change. They’re encouraged to experiment and explore. The idea is that teens will come back to the church after tasting the modern world. For most, this means a tentative foray — a trip to the local movie theater, or driving lessons. But for some, the experience, called rumspringa, is all about sex, parties and fast cars.  Here is a story of rumspringa gone awry!
JUNE 21–An Amish man who sent hundreds of sexually charged text messages to a 12-year-old girl was arrested last week when he drove a horse and buggy to an Indiana restaurant where he had arranged a rendezvous with the child, according to police.
Nabbed in an undercover sting, Willard Yoder, 21, is facing four felony counts for allegedly soliciting sex from the minor. Yoder, pictured in the mug shot at right, is free on $20,000 bond.
In one text, Yoder told the girl that, “the proposed sex act would happen inside the buggy,” according to a Connersville Police Department report.
Yoder’s contact with the girl began with a random text sent to her phone. When the child’s parents learned of their daughter’s contact with Yoder, they took control of her phone and continued communicating with Yoder, who sent about 600 texts, as well as nude photos and explicit videos to the girl.
The parents then contacted the police, and officers took over the sting operation. After arranging the Wednesday night meeting, cops staking out the Takehome restaurant reported seeing “the outline of a carriage type buggy pulled by one horse and what appeared to be one occupant.”
Investigators noted that Yoder, who was busted outside the eatery, was cooperative and “walked his horse and buggy around the building and tied it to a post outside.” During questioning, cops reported, Yoder admitted contacting the girl’s cell phone “by chance” and “advised that he thought he was going to have sex with the girl,” whom he thought was 13.
Yoder also noted that he “realized that it was a bad decision and had never done anything like this before.” 

NoirCon and David Goodis revisit DARK PASSAGE in San Francisco

The Malloch Apartments, 1360 Montgomery Street (Between Filbert and Alta Streets).  Looking West.  Bay Bridge in distance.  The Malloch Apartments were designed were designed in the streamline Modern style by Irvin Goldstine and Jack S. and J. Rolph Malloch, a father-and-son architect team who were its first residents.  The four story, white and silver building stands justa block south of the edge of Telegraph Hill where Montgomery Street splits into two levels, and is sheltered by English hawthorne trees, giant draecaena, and a bright shrub of pink geraniums.   Bogart in third floor, front window.


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Note the frosted Art Nouveau Window
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Two forty foot high sgraffito murals by Alfred DuPont cover its north and west walls.  One mural depicts Commerce, a strong barrel chested figure who cradles the earth in his arms.  At the bottom, a freighter passes under the Bay Bridge, which was completed the same year as the Malloch.
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North Wall at Filbert and Montgomery, Commerce


The current resident of Irene Jansen’s third floor apartment  has posted in her window a card board cut-out of Bogart. 






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West Wall at Alta and Montgomery, the mural depicts Discovery, at whose feet sit a compass and a gold-rush-era clipper.


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Coit Tower looking up from 1360 Montgomery Street
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The famous elevator in DARK PASSAGE.  A young Bogart retracing the steps.  This is the most remarkable feature of the Malloch Building.  It can be accessed via a silver door in the building’s lobby.  The frosted glass elevator is exposed is exposed to the street and backlit, so that you can see the elevator rising in the night (as seen in DARK PASSAGE), as if through liquid silver.

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Frosted window on third floor outside of Irene Jensen’s apartment.

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Looking up the Filbert Steps toward Montgomery Street

Steps leading from the hill above to the Malloch Apartments at Filbert and Montgomery Streets.


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Upper street where Bogart saw Madge Rapf leaving Irene Jansen’s apartment





Moving east across town to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Location of  Bogart throwing Clifton Young (Baker) off the rock to his death at Fort Point.




Schedule for NoirCon 2010

David Goodis, circa 1950, Atlantic City, New Jersey
David Goodis, circa 1950, Atlantic City, New Jersey


Thursday, November 4th, 2010 [Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street]

7:00 PM DAVID GOODIS: TO A PULP – Larry Withers with Jared Case

Friday, November 5th, 2010 [Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street]

8:30 AM Registration

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PORNOGRAPHY IN NOIR FICTION – Reed F. Coleman, Jay Gertzman ad Christa Faust

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM PHILADELPHIA NOIR PANEL (Akashic Books) – Meredith Anthony, Keith Gilman, Dennis Tafoya, Jim Zervanos, Duane Swierczynski, Carlin Romano

11:20 AM – 12:30 PM JOHNNY TEMPLE – Johnny Temple with Tim McLoughlin
(Recipient of the Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence in Publishing)

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM IACW LUNCHEON FOR WILLIAM HEFFERNAN – With Cullen Gallagher

1:50 PM – 3:00 PM GEORGE PELECANOS – George Pelecanos with Laura Lippman
(Recipient of the David L. Goodis Award)

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM – DARK PASSAGE: Noir Poetry – Daniel Hoffman, Robert Polito, and Ed Pettit

4:35 PM – 4:40 PM BREAK

4:40 PM – 5:40 PM WRITERS ON NOIR- Vicki Hendricks, Reed Farrel Coleman, William Heffernan, Seth Harwood with Cameron Ashley (Crime Factory)

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Awards Dinner at the Mummers Museum
Tim McLoughlin (Johnny Temple) and Sarah Weinman (George Pelecanos)

Saturday, November 6th, 2010 [Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street]

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Registration

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM LADY IN THE DARK: As Noir As it Gets – Joan M. Schenkar
(NoirCon Keynote Speaker 2010); Intro. Robert Polito

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM BREAK

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM PATRICIA HIGHSMITH AT THE MOVIES – Rich Edwards and Thomas Kaufman

11:45 AM – 12:00 Noon BREAK

12:00 Noon – 1:15 PM THROUGH A REARVIEW DARKLY: A Revisionist History of Noir – Megan Abbott and Anthony Neil Smith

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM LUNCH On-Your-Own

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM SORTING OUT THE SYNDICATE – Goombahs, Gonifs, and The Italian-Jewish Mob – John Buntin

3:20 PM – 4:30 PM DAMN NEAR DEAD 2 : LIVE NOIR OR DIE TRYING! (Busted Flush Press) – Patti Abbott, Scott Cupp, Christa Faust, Scott Phillips, S.J. Rozan and Reed F. Coleman

4:40 PM – 5:20 PM REALITY AND NOIR – The Everyday Quality of Evil

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM NOIR-GAY BINGO to Benefit the AIDS FUND. at the Double Tree

Sunday, November 7th, 2010 [Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street]

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM TBA

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM BREAK

10:45AM – 11:40 AM FANTOMAS AT 99 – The Lord of Terror – Howard A. Rodman and David White

12:00 N – 1:15 PM LAST CALL – with William Boyle, William Lashner, Lawrence Light, and Jon McGoran
(Lunch will be provided along with LCP)


IN a new television commercial for Pine-Sol cleaner shot in an over-the-top film noir style, Diane Amos, who has starred in the brand’s ads for 16 years, drives a late-model convertible on the Pacific Coast Highway in California, moonlight dappling the ocean. When she reaches an opulent home, she climbs a stairway, then opens a door to reveal a shirtless, muscular man mopping the floor. Finally Ms. Amos, sprawled on a bed strewn with rose petals and bottles of Pine-Sol as the man mops beside her, purrs the slogan: “That’s the power of Pine-Sol, baby.”