Today I went

out of my way not to get any work done. With deliberation and determination, I achieved— no progress. Instead, I decided to ditch class and attempt the material on my own, despite the fact that reading in class, during the lecture was also an option. No, I want to sit in a quiet space with the fogginess of four hours of sleep and attempt to inefficiently absorb what would have otherwise been spoon-fed to me in class. 

I’m right where I want to be, really. “I can’t study right now”—

Success. 

The blues note hovers indeterminately between traditional major and minor tonality. It creeps just beyond our reach, always strange, always elusive, evoking a tonal, and hence emotional landscape which defies the ordinary patterns of “the happy,” and “the sad.” What better music to capture the emotional timbre of the African-American experience: a twinge of reflective pain, diluted by a pretense of hope; a living nightmare, yet somehow a mundane, accepted way of life. In short, water under the bridge.

and, no, that ain’t good

Flirtation Walk (1934)

Flirtation Walk (1934)

Dames (1934)

Dames (1934)

wehadfacesthen:

It Always Rains on Sunday  (Robert Hamer, 1947). Director of Photography was Douglas Slocombe.

wehadfacesthen:

It Always Rains on Sunday  (Robert Hamer, 1947). Director of Photography was Douglas Slocombe.

Asphalt (1929)
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Asphalt (1929)
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Asphalt (1929)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

The Big Clock (1948)

The Big Clock (1948)

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

the cutest damn song ever.

screengoddess:

Bernice Claire 1930, photo by Elmer Fryer

screengoddess:

Bernice Claire 1930, photo by Elmer Fryer

A Woman of Experience (1931)

A Woman of Experience (1931)


Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948)
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Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948)
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Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948)
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Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948)
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Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948)

kirikinn:

Spione (1928, Fritz Lang)

kirikinn:

Spione (1928, Fritz Lang)