Archive for film noir woodcuts

Woodcut Chiseler

Posted in FILM, Painting with tags , , , , on January 24, 2011 by dcairns

Over at The Chiseler, Shadowplayer Guy Budziak contributes thoughts on film noir, illustrated by his stunning woodcuts. Click the link and a little tow-haired cyber-newsie will sling you a copy. Guy’s own site is here. I have one of his prints and you need one, too.

In other news, I’ve belatedly discovered that Sight & Sound magazine, in a review of the WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? Blu-Ray, referred to me as “Tashlin expert David Cairns.” I’m pretty sure that should read, “guy who’s seen several Tashlin films David Cairns,” but what the hell, I’ll take it. I guess that makes me an expert in a few things. I must be quite a guy! They ain’t paying me enough! (Cue slide into egotism and ruination. Redemptive happy ending with girl. Fade out.)

The Bride

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by dcairns


My crappy photo doesn’t do justice to Guy Budziak’s lustrous print of Elsa Lanchester as the Bride of Frankenstein, but I wanted to show it off: Guy made a present of it when we met in New York recently. Check out his Film Noir Woodcuts here.

Elsa is modeling a hairstyle copied from Queen Nefertiti, and for variety make-up designer Jack Pearce and director James Whale decided to give her throat-scars rather than forehead scars — in his initial research, Whale had reportedly discovered that there were two ways to get at the brain. I don’t quite follow the anatomical reasoning, nor see why Boris Karloff’s head would necessarily be flat, but it’s cool that there was research. The audience gets that there’s a reason for something happening, even if they don’t understand what it is.