At Vague Visages, D.M. Palmer writes about the influence of world cinema in the 1920s. “the silent works of the 20s brim with invention, pushing forcefully against technological and social boundaries. There is a danger and dynamism to 20s cinema which was gradually eradicated by the standardisation of […]
At Crime Reads Corinne writes about the Detection Club, ‘fair play’ in mysteries–especially in members’ mysteries. “The sacred oath required of prospective members of the Detection Club demanded, among other things, their adherence to that Golden Age holy of holies, the principle of ‘fair play’ (i.e., presentation of […]
Library of America has Dashiell Hammett’s story, “Creeping Siamese” as it’s story of the week. ‘Based on the scantiest of evidence—a red silk sarong—the detectives, including the Continental Op, begin working under the assumption that they should be looking for ‘brown men,’ that is, Asian immigrants. ‘This short […]
At Smithsonian Magazine, Fritzi Kramer writes about the importance of recovering lost silent films. Read it here. “These lost films have a resonance beyond film history. They might offer historians an opportunity to see historical figures like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Teddy Roosevelt. They might feature real […]
At DVD.com, friend of the Gutter Jay Patrick dives into the history of Italian giallo film. “I put Opera in the VCR and experienced my first proper giallo. I hadn’t yet incorporated the term giallo into my lexicon because it was, to my eyes, just a very stylish […]
“The science fiction author Isaac Asimov engaged in forms of unwanted touching with countless women. It set the tone for the entire genre.” More from Alec Nevala-Lee here.