Posts Tagged ‘Film Noire’


In a mansion in the fictional Xanadu, a vast palatial estate in Florida, the elderly Charles Foster Kane is on his deathbed. Holding a snow globe, he utters the mysterious word “Rosebud” and then dies; the snow globe slips from his hand and smashes on the floor.

And that’s how one of cinema’s most iconic scenes opens one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. (more…)

I’d barely had time to react to the shocking death of Robin Williams last night when I saw breaking news to announce the death of Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall earlier this evening. In fact they interrupted a news report on Williams’s death to break the news about Bacall.
In Lauren Bacall we lose one of the very last surviving, great icons of a long-gone age in cinema, an era that many still regard as cinema’s richest. An era that was full of memorable, iconic performances and images in time that echo down through the generations of cinema and culture; the image of Lauren Bacall in black-and-white film, with her intent, ice-cool look and with compulsory cigarette between fingers, being prime among them.