Clute and Edwards Present at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood


One of the programming themes at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival is "Noir Style," and two official Club TCM presentations will be dedicated to the topic: On Thursday, April 12, Clute and Edwards will discuss the hard-boiled literary roots and self-conscious visual style of noir with TCM senior writer/producer Scott McGee (a former guest on Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir) and sign copies of their new book, The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism (

Clute Contributes to Mulholland Books Blog


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Clute was invited by Mullholland Books, the suspense and crime imprint of Little, Brown and Company, to contribute a short article on hard-boiled writer extraordinaire Jim Thompson—in honor of Mulholland's new ebook releases of Thompson's novels. For Clute's thoughts on THE GRIFTERS, and the power of Thompson's prose, click the above link.

Clute and Edwards Meet Retro Renaissance Man Frank DeBlase

While in Rochester, Clute and Edwards were introduced, by their friend Charles Benoit (, to pin-up photographer, hard-boiled writer, former rockabilly musician, and local radio DJ Frank DeBlase. A retro renaissance man and a heck of a nice guy, Frank shared his many projects with Clute and Edwards, including this hard-boiled story, "Busted Valentine Part 1", beautifully illustrated by Rochester artist David Cowles:

Clute and Edwards on Rochester Public Radio with Bob Smith

During their visit to the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY (see previous post) Clute and Edwards were invited to appear on Public Radio WXXI. With host Bob Smith, they spent the noon hour discussing all things noir: the great actors and directors of the genre; the hard-boiled literary and German Expressionistic visual origins of noir; the greatest films of the classic period of noir (1941-1958) and the many neo-noir styles that continue to inspire filmmakers in Hollywood and abroad; noir's influence on television; and much more. …

Clute and Edwards Visit the George Eastman House

Clute and Edwards Visit the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York:

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(Photo caption: Edwards (l.) and Clute (r.) prepare to view a rare 1921 3D test in the George Eastman House film archive.)

March 6-8, 2012: Clute and Edwards visited the incredible George Eastman House motion picture collection (, where their host Jared Case treated them to some of the treasures in the Eastman archive, including a 1921 3D test by Crespinel using a blue/green technique, a 1926 two-strip Technicolor short featuring Martha Graham and her dance troop, entitiled THE FLUTE OF KRISHNA (at a time when film and theater director Rouben Mamoulian was Head of the Drama Department at the Eastman School of Design), and several other rarities. …

Clute and Edwards, 2005-2012