Criss Cross~ Classic Film Noir Starring Burt Lancaster & Yvonne DeCarlo

Criss Cross is undoubtedly one of the great classics of film noir, incorporating all the elements that comprise the genre-lighting,flashbacks, a heist, double crossing femme fatal etc. It is an early role for Burt Lancaster and Yvonne DeCarlo (who is best known to baby boomers for her role as Lili Munster). It is an even earlier role for Tony Curtis, who was cast as an extra (and can be seen briefly, dancing with DeCarlo in above clip). The music in this segment is provided by Cuban Flautist Esy Morales, performing Jungle Fantasy (in a rare on screen appearance). The song itself was a minor hit in the late forties and part of my record collection since I was nine years old. It can be heard on my Vinyl Meltdown Podcast Episode #16 “Jazz Impressions Of Film Noir“.

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Babs Gonzales~I Paid My Dues

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“I Paid My Dues”, the long out-of print memoir of jazz singer Babs Gonzales, chronicles the hijinx of Manhattan during the BeBop era, full of colorful and Real characters, musicians, bookies, pimps, hookers, and The Man. It took me several years(pre Ebay) to find a copy, and it was well worth the wait.

Sweet Smell Of Success

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One of my favorite films of the 50’s- You can’t beat the dialogue,acting, and location shots. Also an amazing Jazz score featuring Chico Hamilton (who also appears on screen).
Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir , directed by Alexander Mackendrick ,starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison and Martin Milner. The screenplay was by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman and Alexander Mackendrick from the novelette by Lehman. The film tells the story of a powerful newspaper columnist named J.J. Hunsecker (Lancaster) who uses his connections to ruin his sister’s relationship with a man he deems inappropriate. Lancaster’s role is based on famed New York columnist Walter Winchell. Soundtrack composed by Elmer Bernstein

Phnom Penh Central Market ~ Cambodia

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In 2000, I was brought to Phnom Penn on an music production assignment for the film “City Of Ghosts“, starring Matt Dillon. Unfortunately, I was unable to visit Angkor Wat while I was there, but I was still quite awestruck by a lot of the French Colonial architecture, and most in particularly the art deco central market building. Although not viewable in this photo, there is a strange weathered, almost mildew-like patina covering the exterior that makes the entire structure appear haunted and alien, like some sort of abandoned space station from a 1930’s Buck Rogers movie.