“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Ɯbermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarÄ«, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Blast of Silence (1961)


From: http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=428

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Synopsis
Swift, brutal, and black-hearted, Allen Baron's New York City noir
Blast of Silence is a sensational surprise. This low-budget, carefully crafted
portrait of a hit man on assignment in Manhattan during Christmastime follows
its stripped-down narrative with mechanical precision, yet also with an eye and
ear for the oddball idiosyncrasies of urban living and the imposing beauty of
the city. At once visually ragged and artfully composed, and featuring rough,
poetic narration performed by Lionel Stander, Blast of Silence is a stylish
triumph.
Special Features
- DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
- New, restored digital transfer
- Requiem for a Killer: The Making of
"Blast of Silence"
- Rare on-set Polaroids
- Locations revisited in 2008
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS A booklet featuring an essay by film critic
Terrence Rafferty and a four-page graphic-novel adaptation of the film by
acclaimed artist Sean Phillips (Criminal, Sleeper, Marvel Zombies)
Film Info
1961
77 minutes
Black and White

A perfectly chiseled misanthropic film noir about a hit man from Cleveland in the Big Apple to do a job. The narration is PURE hard boiled film noir. I wanted to quote a few of the best lines, but the best lines would be the entire script of the film! Seriously I cannot praise this mean, nihilistic, hard-edged little film highly enough!

This is easily now one of my all-time faviorite noir flicks and definately my favorite hit man film.

Also a must-see for anyone from NYC for some great footage of the city circa 1959-61.

More info:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054687/

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