Philly film noir. Some of the greatest crime fiction novels were set in this town. David Goodis, in particular, used elements of the city’s grittier, urban landscapes to write Shoot The Piano Player, Street of No Return, Dark Passage, and others. They were hard-boiled detective stories, but his writing was more than just being about “wise guys” and “dames”. Those were popular themes used by many writers just to pay rent in an era of dime-store novels and film noir, a genre of literature and film that dramatized the darker, forbidden nature of the human condition, and often employed colorful and alluring cover art and posters to highlight the works. But woven intricately within Goodis’s characters were deep psychological notions, thus warranting him status of being a “dime-store Dostoyevsky.”
Photo by D.A. DeMers taken in Northern Philly with Instagram iPhone app.