Saturday, May 26, 2018

On Dangerous Ground: Film Noir Poetry, from Asphalt Jungle to Woman On the Run

“Ontology! I’m just
  telling you a story
  about this projector, that’s all.”

  Edward Dorn, Gunslinger, Book II


The Asphalt Jungle (John 
Huston, 1950)

Mix a criminal mastermind, tough-guys, 
double-crossing suicide. Hard-boil to 
urban decay. Greasy Emmerich swindling 
hooligan-employees. Soft-boiled Marilyn 
knowing she’ll soon have it all. But, 
Sterling, keep your eyes on the recipe. 
Farm-hands have problems of their 
own. Down Mexico way, Maddow typed 
while Huston strutted. Which begs the 
question: the state of things or capitalism 
on its uppers? Goutez-vous. Crime in 
a culture based on theft? Dix, dying 
alongside a disinterested horse, unlike 
Mr Ed, drugged mule Frances, who 
hasn’t the chops to tell it like it is.

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