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1) Psychedelic pink works;
2) while Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton are not names you necessarily associate with the condition, amour fou is where you find it.
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Hello Glenn, I love your essay for Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Doulos Criterion booklet. It is great.
Sven m. |
April 21, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Just went and read that essay, and have one niggling question: am I wrong to think that what is referred to as the noir trope of the swinging lightbulb was actually initiated by Psycho two years prior? Or is this one of those things where a late adopter gets the credit?
April 21, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Haven't read the Le Doulos essay, but I know Anthony Mann and cinematographer George Diskant did the swinging light bulb thing in DESPERATE in 1947.
April 21, 2013 at 04:34 AM
It's been a while since I wrote that, and for a minute I almost believed that I had made such a careless mistake. But no. I call the swinging lightbulb not just a noir trope but a "noir staple," as in "basic or principal element or feature." So I'm not talking about the film initiating anything but rather about its relentless and imaginative mixing of already familiar elements. The sentence reads: "In the wake of Faugel and Gilbert's confrontation, that noir staple the swinging lightbulb, appears—not via overhead wire but rather a proper table lamp, after the table has overturned."
Hope that clears things up. Anyway, thanks, Sven.
Glenn Kenny |
April 21, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Glenn--Sorry for the lack of clarity; I just meant that if Psycho started that deathless trope, then it could hardly be a noir staple, but I stand corrected...
April 21, 2013 at 08:10 AM
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