Monday 24 December 2012

"Forget it, Jake, it's Christmas."

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"Chinatown" Screenplay by Robert Towne

That's the director, Roman Polanski, holding the switch-blade in Nicholson's nose. I've read that he used a real knife for this scene. Wouldn't surprise me.

I had very high hopes for the "Chinatown" sequel when I heard it was in production. This poster began appearing in film magazines such as Premiere late in '89. I couldn't wait.

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Still, these days, I live in hope that there are more neo-noir films yet to be made. There's a slew of great hard-boiled noir fiction that would be ideal for the movies. One day, perhaps.

Thanks for reading!
Oh, and I hope your Whatever You Celebrate Today is treating you kindly!

***typecast on a circa 1937 Smith-Corona Standard***


  1. I have a serious northern hemisphere mindset and can't get used to "Christmas" and "Summer" being one and the same. Regardless, I hope you and yours regain your health and have a wonderful holiday season!

    Yes, I also think summer colds are the worst.

  2. I agree with Dwayne. Even though the leftover snow covers only a few patches, I can't imagine Christmas in Summer. Get well soon and Merry Christmas!

  3. Having just driven for 8 hours (Johnstown, Penna. to Burlington, NJ) in one of the worst blizzards I've ever seen I must disagree with your previous commentators and say, "Hooray for Christmas in summer!"

  4. In a way it is nice to have Christmas in the warmth of the summer sun and be at the beach. Kind of like the old carole Christmas Island. Then I really miss the snow, even the blizzards.

    One of my fondest memories was driving through a lonely valley on Christmas Eve on my way home. Huge snow flakes making driving a bit difficult and the wind making be wonder "should I have stayed in the city?". I kept on knowing I have been in worse, but driving a truck not a car. When I passed the dam on my left with all the dam keeper's house and other buildings lit by single electric candles in each window and the shine of the snow on everything I forgot all about the challenging drive and sat and relaxed for a bit and then headed off to home.

    Been here 11 Christmases and without snow it is boring.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  5. Love your own noir setup there, with the Corona, fedora, and shades.