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San Diego Noir
One of my favorite things about David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, along with that crease at one corner of Naomi Watts's mouth and the passage from the bedroom scene to the theater scene, is the way that it mobilizes the thoroughly film-founded strangeness of between-the-wars Los Angeles architecture. Buildings put up too fast seem to acquire depth by virtue of their very shallowness. They inhabit a negative space of history which is more overtly historical than a centuries-old home that has become a museum for its original-owner furniture. Interestingly, when the shock of the new wears off, these rapidly completed structures seem to retain the profundity of their initial anti-history even as they settle into the pages of conventional history. I love traversing the backstreets of older Southern California neighborhoods at night because they exude this quality with incommensurable force. Tonight, as I was strolling back to my car after seeing the newly reissued Jean-Luc Godard film Masculin Feminin at Landmark's Ken Theater on Adams Street, I was delighted to run across a series of homes that express the essence of California noir.

Given his fondness for that genre of American cinema, I'm sure Jean-Luc would have approved of the spectacle. Don't you just want to stealthily climb those steps and peer inside?

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: June 5th, 2005 06:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Incommensurable force indeed.

I kept telling myself to get out of there, and get quick, and never come back. But that was what I kept telling myself. What I was doing was peeping over the edge, and all the time I was trying to pull away from it, there was something in me that kept edging a little closer, trying to get a better look...
--Cain, Double Indemnity

I need a noir fix. Soon.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2005 08:14 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Now that's the perfect quote. It's a Cain vista through and through. Stay tuned for a few more photos in the short-lived "San Diego Noir" series. I do love a "real night shot," even if the sky glows an inhuman reddish gray and the only black to be found lies in our hearts.
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