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The Sunday in New York Intertitle

Posted in FILM with tags , , on February 1, 2015 by dcairns


From MANHATTA (1921). But never mind that! There is a whole new set of Blogneys available at The Chiseler. I’m running out of early thirties Warner pictures where they wipe from one face to another, allowing me to frame-grab strange intermediate actors (one part Blondell, one part Cagney makes a Blogney), but the films where they dissolve softly from left to right also produce some interesting, phantasmal effects.


Robert Jenkins as FARM BUCK.

You can thrill to the whole set here.


Blogney Logic

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on January 10, 2015 by dcairns


Sitting in the Cameo Bar with collaborator Alex Livingstone, working on a screenplay idea, of which more later. Playing on the big wall-mounted TV is Film4, and CAT BALLOU comes on.

“It just said ‘wank’, reported the sharp-eyed Alex.”

And so it did. As the credits (literally) unfold, the screenplay is momentarily assigned to one WANK R. NEVRSON. I reported this on Facebook and Chiseler editor Daniel Riccuito described it as “blogney logic,” which I like a lot.


A Blogney, as regular Shadowplayers may recall, is when someone like Joan Blondell meets someone like James Cagney during a Warner Bros title sequence (era 1931-1935 approximately) and as the screen wipes from one actor to another we get a glimpse of a hypothetical, freakish and ambisexual third actor, with hir own name and character. I’m actually running out of examples of this rare fauna, but here are some more.

And one more.

Mug Shots

Posted in FILM, Painting with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2014 by dcairns


Art by man-myth Tony Millionaire graces a new article at MUBI, co-authored by Daniel Riccuito (of The Chiseler) and I. Subject: the pre-code avatars of, respectively, slopeyness and pointyness, Allen Jenkins and Ned Sparks. Here.


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