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A Guide to Film Noir Genre by Roger Ebert

Film noir is . . .

1. A French term meaning "black film," or film of the night, inspired by the Series Noir, a line of cheap paperbacks that translated hard-boiled American crime authors and found a popular audience in France.

2. A movie which at no time misleads you into thinking there is going to be a happy ending.

3. Locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places, of apartment buildings with a high turnover…


Added by Tome Wilson on February 25, 2014 at 12:50pm — 7 Comments

Official release of Dieselpunk: an Anthology, by Twit Publishing

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  Twit Publishing announces long awaited release of Dieselpunk, an Anthology!

Eight exciting tales of Dieselpunk adventure and intrigue!

New and exciting worlds that never were (but…


Added by Cap'n Tony on February 11, 2014 at 6:58pm — 7 Comments

Shirley Temple rides the Good Ship into Eternity (RIP)

She was the darling of the Diesel Era screen. Irrepressibly cute, but with just enough precocious personality to temper the sugar.

Shirley Temple was an icon of the silver screen. Instantly recognizable by her springy curls, bright eyes, and dainty voice, she became one of the first child superstars [above image from encoremag.com]. She could sing, she could…


Added by Cap'n Tony on February 11, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Arts Décoratifs. What else...?

It wouldn't be fair, I guess to end this very brief review of what Paris has to offer in the regard of Art Deco museums and exhibitions without mentioning the Musée... des Arts Décoratifs. Even though the location of this major national museum isn't exactly Dieselpunk style - it is set in the western wing of the Louvre Museum - the place provides a gorgeous frame to its extensive collections in the very heart of Paris downtown, literally one block away from the room where…


Added by Stefan on February 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #111: Are ya' Ready for Some Football?

Strap into your pads, grab a pigskin, and gear up for some good ol' American Football!

Yes, the Cabaret is putting aside our posh threads and gettin' sporty. With radio broadcasts and newsreel distribution bringing the games home to fans the nation over sports is now a form of mass entertainment. So it's high time the Cabaret grabbed a pennant and cheered for the home…


Added by Cap'n Tony on February 8, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Art Deco Paris

Paris has a love affair with Art Deco, well... since Art Deco exists. No wonder: it's not to brag it, but although the word was coined later, Art Deco - Arts Décoratifs - is originally very much a French thing. While many star creators and designers of the era came from various foreign countries, it is in the welcoming, artists friendly, very cosmopolitan Paris of the 20's and 30's they studied, perfected their skills and talents and met success, making Art Deco the trademark of…


Added by Stefan on February 7, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Paris for Dieselpunks

If there is a place in Paris anyone who calls himself a Dieselpunk can't ignore while visiting La Ville Lumière - sorry Tome, you've missed it the last time you saw Paris, to quote Mister Hammerstein! - it's the Musée des Années 30 (Museum of the Thirties). The Museum isn't actually located in Paris, but in Boulogne-Billancourt which is, however, immediatly next to Paris and very easy to reach by metro. Boulogne-Billancourt, it…


Added by Stefan on February 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #110: Toons Go to War!!

Gear up, folks, we're going to war! And we're taking our Animated Batallions with us!

Yes, folks, once again the fires of war have spread across this world, and this time it really IS a battle to make the world safe for Democracy!

To this end, we're mobilizing every sector of our nation, and Animation is…


Added by Cap'n Tony on February 1, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Hot Music For A Cold Winter: It's The February Pilsner's Picks!

Mushing my sled through the ten-foot snowdrifts of a California blizzard with nothing to feed my dogs but fresh oranges (picked right off the trees), I still came through on time with another "stack o'sides!" Yes, fans, "Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night, etc., etc., etc..." Anyway, if you happen to be freezing your tuchis off, I've heard that doing the Charleston is a great way to warm up— so I'm happy to provide some appropriate music as a public service (me and Paul Whiteman,…


Added by Pilsner Panther on February 1, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Steampunk art show to debut at Disney Parks in February

Steampunk and Disney fans alike, this one’s for you!

On February 22, The Disney Gallery at Disneyland park will unveil a new exhibit titled "Mechanical Kingdoms ~ Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future." Though certainly not part of the steampunk wave (at least not consciously), Walt Disney Imagineers have been creating their own visions and versions of retro-futuristic technologies since well before that time, incorporating them…


Added by Tome Wilson on January 30, 2014 at 10:50am — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #109: Cartoons, Cartoons Everywhere!

Animation has exploded onto the sivler screen like never before!

It's everywhere, folks, with shorts from every studio you care to name.

There's hardly a movie on the silver screen that doesn't feature an animated short beforehand alongside the newsreel.

Warner Brothers,…


Added by Cap'n Tony on January 25, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #108: Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies!

The Warner Brothers have entered the animation game with some unforgettable characters of their own!

Taking on Disney's Silly Symphonies head on, the Warners have launched a two-pronged animated offensive with Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies. A product of the dream team of Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, these silly music-driven shorts are sure to get your gut shaking and your feet tapping.

And boy have they taken the animated world by…


Added by Cap'n Tony on January 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94

[image from AP]

He was a jovial man, fond of literature and poetry.  He was a peaceful man by nature, but became forever associated with war.  He was a natural tinkerer who as a child obsessively disassembled and reassembled anything mechanical.  Born Nov 10, 1919 to a middle-wealth "Kulak" agricultural family (a group specifically…


Added by Cap'n Tony on January 13, 2014 at 9:06am — 7 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #107: Look Who's Talking!

Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks are back, and this time with sound!

Yes, folks, the new "talkie" revolution which began with last year's The Jazz Singer has spread to the world of animation.

And this time it takes the form of a cute and …


Added by Cap'n Tony on January 11, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Google Honors Zora Neale Hurston

Today's Google Doodle honors the 123rd Birthday of Diesel Era writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston.

As an anthropologist, folklore researcher, and writer she introduced the world to much of the folklore and beliefs of African America, including the Caribbean.  It is she whom you can thank for Vodou and Zombies entering the public lexicon…


Added by Cap'n Tony on January 7, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Dieselpunk cliffhanger webserial "Constitutionens Voktere" now has a website!

Hi dieselpunkers.

I just wanted to share with you our new website for the dieselpunk/ retro sci-fi cliffhanger action comedy webserial "Constitutionens Voktere"/"Guardians of the Constitution", a series of short films that have been featured here before.



Added by J. Fjeld Jr. on January 6, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

The Nessie Microphone by Blue

The other day I got my Nessie microphone from Blue. The Nessie is an entry level $99 USB cardioid (unidirectional) mic with a built in shock mount, pop filter, serpentine neck, and non latency headphone jack. What all of that means is that it is probably the best entry level USB microphone you can get for the price. It's aimed at podcasters, folks who do presentation voice overs, and people who want their Skype chats to sound really…


Added by Scott on January 5, 2014 at 12:48pm — 3 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #106: Boop-Oop-a-Doop!

Animation is taking an adult turn here at the Cabaret as new cartoon sensation Betty Boop heats up the screen!


Max Fleisher has done it again, folks!  The man who brought you Koko the Clown is tackling the Flapper phenomenon head-on with a jazz…


Added by Cap'n Tony on January 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

If 2014 Has Come Too Fast For You, Jump Into The Pilsner's Picks Time Machine!

Happy New Year, Dieselpunkers, and here's a little New Year's present from the world's oldest and creakiest New Year's Baby— me.

Yes, it's the January 2014 Pilsner's Picks, and it's getting harder and harder nowadays to find those steel needles for the old Orthophonic Victrola. In any case, here's a little hot music to warm up the house on these cold winter days.…


Added by Pilsner Panther on January 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Happy New Year 1934

Excerpt from Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI by Bryan Burrough

The year was over, the new federal "War on Crime" almost six months old.

In retrospect, as eventful as it was, 1933 served only as a prelude, a kind of extended training session, for the FBI and the nation. Despite the efforts of Attorney General Homer Cummings to make crime a national issue, to this point it remained a regional phenomenon; while…


Added by Tome Wilson on December 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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