When NOIR is War, Noir is Hell-Post World War II Japan Noir Film Festival 2014

This is the year of Noir International. Eddie Muller, the producer & curator of this increasingly successful genre film festival, featured two films from Post World War II Japan. Both of them were directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. There was no clean-up, no tidying of the Post War mess, no candy-coating. The background of black marketing, dysfunctional public heath issues, and lack of basic supplies to support ordinary day-to-day functions are reflected in a pool of stagnant water that becomes a constant & silent reference point in the film DRUNKEN ANGEL.

Eddie Muller, writer, film curator, producer, lecturer, visionary, the man who put Noir on the map, and now has taken the concept to higher levels each year since the Noir Festival started 12 years ago.  January 2014

Eddie Muller, writer, film curator, producer, lecturer, visionary: the man who put Noir on the preservationists/restorationist map, and now has taken the concept to higher & international levels each year since the Noir Festival started 12 years ago. Castro Theatre, San Francisco, January 2014

Takashi Shimura plays an alcoholic physician, who needs to abide by the ancient Western proverb of “Physician heal thyself.” His bedside manner is as atrocious as the background in which he must do his best to patch together the broken people of his broken country. Despite his appearance & mannerisms, he is the Angel of Life, trying to bring life to those who are pretty, but in worse physical & emotional condition than he is. Toshiro Mifune, is caught up in a chaotic world of crime & avarice, soon to be doomed by his inability to follow doctors orders & treat his tuberculosis appropriately. Instead, he drinks, smokes, and slugs his way through an underground culture in order to ‘save face’ and prove his worth. It was a struggle from which he could not emerge victorious–and we see the loss of potential, the potential that Japan so much-needed, go to waste, as he throws his life way in the sludge that had, at that time, become the world of a defeated nation.

YOU TUBE DOUBLE OF DRUNKEN ANGEL:Film 1948 & Song by Lucinda Williams from Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 1998

Stray Dog, 1949-also directed by Akira Kurosawa & Starring Toshiro Mifune.

This film is more closely associated with & influenced by the American Noir experience. The emphasis is less upon the Post War infrastructure, and more upon a rookie cop who has had his gun pickpocketed while on public transit. In that respect, those from New York & San Francisco can more easily relate to the overcrowded conditions & the ‘cell mates’ with which we must endure in close quarters on a daily basis. In keeping with Noir, the rookie cop goes on a search for the person who lifted his heater, only to unintentionally go deeper & deeper into an underground cesspool of crime, vice, passion, and vengeance. The gun in question has recently begged re-examination of the issue/question of do guns kill people or do people use guns to kill people? It’s clear that our love affair with Noir embraces guns, but do we want guns to embrace us? (Remember: “It’s a bitter, little world.”)!
Let’s ask the National Rifle Association to embrace Columbine & ask the perennial question: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

Depart from the Film & Listen to Petula Clark, then continue…

YOU TUBE MONTAGE FROM STRAY DOG-edited for horror mode-1949

Pray For All Marked Souls That They May Be Spared!

It is greatly feared that, 2013, a year of physical attacks upon the Imperial Princess, is just the beginning of a series of Paranormal activities to prevent her from her attempt to help Restore the Greek Monarchy.  Pray for her, that she may not be a Marked Soul!

It is greatly feared that, 2013, a year of physical attacks upon the Imperial Princess, is just the beginning of a series of Paranormal Activities to prevent her from attempting to help Restore the Greek Monarchy. Pray for her, that she may not be a Marked Soul!

Today, this first day of a New Year, 2014, pray for Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte. It is feared that she may be a MARKED SOUL. Two photographs, and a statuette, all of her likeness were left with flowers @ this gravesite, inside the AMC 14 Van Ness Avenue. Please pray for her that no harm may come to her. Pray that she may continue to live to serve others.

What we fear most is the leaving of flowers @ this gravesite. Someone wishes her dead! She has survived a recent attack from a trained elephant, and literally on Christmas Day, the Christmas Rabbit came from out of nowhere, and attempted to kill her. Now, these flowers, beautiful as they are, fill our hearts with fear. Are they a warning sign that she is to be marked, A MARKED SOUL?

She was promised by no less that the Orthodox Metropolitan of the North Pole that her efforts to establish world unity under her benevolent rule would be met with complete joy--but now that joy turns to fear!

She was promised by no less a source than the Orthodox Metropolitan of the North Pole that her efforts to establish world unity under her benevolent rule would be met with complete joy–but now that joy turns to fear!

Her connection to Napoleon I remains complete-her hopes for Greek Monarchy undiminished despite death threats.

Her connection to Napoleon I remains complete-her hopes for Greek Monarchy undiminished despite death threats.

Pray for Princess Melita Bonaparte, as you did for Rosemary's Baby...that she may live to fulfill her Destiny.

Pray for Princess Melita Bonaparte, as you did for Rosemary’s Baby…that she may live to fulfill her Destiny.

PRINCESS READY TO ACCEPT TITLE ‘COUNTESS OF OXNARD’ TO HELP OFFSET IMPENDING HORROR! SHE WILL ACCEPT HER FATE TO SAVE OXNARD FROM THIS TERROR!

Escaped Elephant Mauls Princess!

San Francisco: Powell & Market Street MUNI terminal entrance/exit. Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, was attempting to do volunteer work, lending her name on behalf of the Grey Gardens of Greece, Tatoi Palace. “It’s in terrible condition, so much in need of restoration as is the Monarchy itself.”

Her selfless efforts were met with an unexpected & life threatening encounter with an escaped elephant, nearly causing her premature demise, and certainly spoiled her fund-raising efforts last weekend. “Funny how the controlled press did not report about this, they don’t care about my Greek relatives & the squalor that has befallen the Tatoi Palace, one of the homes for my Grandparents, Prince & Princess Andrew of Greece. My Grandmother was better known as being Princess Marie Bonaparte. They would both be so sad about the condition of the Palace.”

“I think the elephant is a lineal descendant of those used by Hannibal when he crossed the Alps a few years ago,” mused the still unnerved Bonaparte Heiress.

“It was a crime, a set up–to get rid of me, and keep the Greeks chained to that dysfunctional republic that is forever in debt. They need to put me in charge of things, that’s the best way!”

This was an assassination attempt, the Princess maintains.  Everyone saw it, and no one tried to help me.

“This was an assassination attempt,” the Princess maintains. “Everyone saw it, and no one tried to help me.”

“If this had happened to Princess Anne, she would have gotten a saddle & ridden it in a horse show! But, Oh, no, the crowd was screaming “Kill! Kill!” Why do they hate me so?”

Princess Melita Bonaparte's fund-raising efforts go largely unnoticed as she barely escapes with her life. "I'd do it again, for the people of Greece," claims the dedicated Imperial Royalist.

Princess Melita Bonaparte’s fund raising efforts go largely unnoticed as she barely escapes with her life. “I’d do it again, for the people of Greece,” claims the dedicated Imperial Royalist.

“Tatoi Palace is my home,” declares Princess Melita Bonaparte
“I want it back!”

Some Fine Day, We Might Not Have To See This Anymore!

If minds, hearts, souls, can open up, if we can just live & let live, we would not need to memorialise tragedy. Hate is a form of tragedy. It might make for compelling theatre & films. We might not have half of what we do on Saturday Night Live without it, but a peaceful life, with fears done away, could cause a new art form never before imagined. It stirs in my mind, but I must admit, that I have no idea what to call it, nor quite how to respond to a world without hate, without the ritualised killing called war & execution. Having a world without land mines & torture could bring about an artistic revolution that would have us all thinking & acting differently.

Till that fine day comes, here is what we see @ present: 4 Views of Violence & Plastic Body Parts, Store Window, San Francisco 2013.

STOP THE VIOLENCE-view 1

STOP THE VIOLENCE-view 1

STOP THE VIOLENCE--view 2

STOP THE VIOLENCE–view 2

STOP THE VIOLENCE--View 3

STOP THE VIOLENCE–View 3

STOP THE VIOLENCE--view 4--This one, because of the hand being more visible, shows more despair...

STOP THE VIOLENCE–view 4–This one, because of the hand being more visible, shows more despair…


SLASHER LEAVES IMPLIED DEATH THREATS FOR BONAPARTE PRINCESS!

The latest news, just released from the Palace: The Slasher has left blood curdling photographs of the horrific slaying of Princess Antoinette. It seems that he murdered her in front of the refrigerator, storing her severed body parts there, till Princess Melita discovered them late Tuesday evening. The Princess went into a deep state of shock & was unable to speak for several days. It was only today, during the end of the Requiem Mass, that she broke her silence, offering tribute to her slain daughter & solace to others who mourned her loss, not speaking of the visual death threats that were left in the Palace kitchen.

The Imperial household was under violent attack, with the  recent murder of Princess Antoinette, whose blood seeps from the refrigerator in the Palace kitchen.

The Imperial household was under violent attack, with the recent murder of Princess Antoinette, whose blood seeps from the refrigerator in the Palace kitchen.


Hidden behind the Bonaparte favourite food items were the body parts of the brutally attacked Princess.  One servant called it "Silence on the Lam" as the killer is still at large & believed to be sending veiled death threats to Melita Bonaparte.

Hidden behind the Bonaparte favourite food items were the body parts of the brutally attacked Princess. One servant called it “Silence on the Lam” as the killer is still at large & believed to be sending veiled death threats to Melita Bonaparte.

The "Silence on the Lam" Killer left his calling card by an original work of art, commission by Princess Melita Bonaparte during the 2013 Film Noir Festival, by David Griffin, never imagining that her life would imitate the art form she has so passionately supported for many years!

The “Silence on the Lam” Killer left his calling card by an original work of art, commissioned by Princess Melita Bonaparte during the 2013 Film Noir Festival, by David Griffin, never imagining that her life would imitate the art form she has so passionately supported for many years!


SLASHING MURDER of Bonaparte Princess Before Eyes of Horrified World!

World sympathy goes out to the Princess Melita Bonaparte,as never-ending tragedy strikes the the very heart & soul of her family. Now, there is only one left, but he has run away, Prince Pierre. Grief has no end for the beautiful & beloved Princess Melita Bonaparte.

The grisly image of the slashing death of the beloved Princess Antoinette Bonaparte, forever etched before the eyes of disbelieving world.  May she rest in peace.

The grisly image of the slashing death of the beloved Princess Antoinette Bonaparte, forever etched before the eyes of a disbelieving world. May she rest in peace.

Seduction By Drugs of Innocent Bonaparte Princess by Overly Friendly Slasher!

The horror unfolds as the totally innocent Princess Antoinette Bonaparte is led down a path of destruction by a vagabond who never in his life did one positive thing for humanity.

Her piteous cry for help was never heard, as the hideous vulture plied the poor Princess with more & more & more drugs. Her fate, alas, is the stuff of ancient Greek tragedy.

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