Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Singapore … or Istanbul

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NCPortland2014Very short video today – I was discussing noir with my friend Lucy a few hours back.
One thing led to another and we checked the program of the Noir City Portland event that’s taking place in this weekend.
Yes, we sighed a lot, and lamented the fact that we live at the borders of the empire and all that.

BUT!
On the festival website I saw the poster for this 1947 exotic film noir.
Singapore.
Featuring gorgeous Ava Gardner.

Now I’ll have to track down a copy – and maybe start talking about old noirs here on Karavansara.
But for the time being… enjoy!

But wait!

The film was remade ten years after, il 1957, and called Istanbul!
Featuring Erroll Flynn – it was actually his last film – and Nat King Cole.
Now here’s another film that’s fit for this blog – Istanbul, not Constantinople, you know…

And you can see it all on the Tube…

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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