The holidays are over. The little avariciously demonic children are already looking for something more than their Christmas presents. The days are short, dark and cold. The nights are bitterly chilling and long. C.S. Lewis wrote that Narnia was a place where winter was everlasting and Christmas was outlawed. For many people January represents the pitiless nadir of the entire year. The eggnog has soured, and New Year resolutions are quickly abandoned. Most researchers indicate that January possesses the most depressing day of the year for the highest number of people.
And the slick, wet streets of San Francisco, California become the host of film noir. Or, rather, the San Francisco Castro Theatre does. The "czar of noir" Eddie Muller returns to the City by the Bay this January for Noir City 7. The theme, this year, is "Newspaper Noir."
For the month of January, I, Alexander Coleman, will be the guest of one Dark City Dame's. Please visit her Noirish City, where you can learn everything you need to know and then some about just what is afoot for the month of January, as well as great, chiaroscuro treasures from the rich history of film noir.
Some of you may remember that I adore noir. I have covered several classics. And the great film noir scholar Tony D'Ambra has been so gracious in pointing to the film noirs I have reviewed for Coleman's Corner here.
Of course, you should be visiting Dark City Dame's blog, and Tony D'Ambra's blog. These two lovers of noir shed great light on this dark art.
Here at Coleman's Corner in January, I will be writing periodical reviews of classic film noirs, ones which Dark City Dame and I agree should and must be highlighted. And it could not be at a more appropriate time, leading up to Noir City 7. I have gone to the Noir City spectacle of film noir with my father two years in a row, and this will make three, so I can be Dark City Dame's inside man--as well as everyone's--at this marathon of noir at the Castro. And I am Dark City Dame's blogger guest for this particularly unforgiving and pessimistic month.
So stay tuned. And as Mr. Muller has said and written to me personally, stay in the shadows.