Basic Purgatorio 11 Annotations Up

Though we’re sure they’re incomplete,
We think they’re awfully neat.
We hope they’ll meet your expectations,
You’ll find our latest annotations
For your experience to leaven
reading Cinema Purgatorio 11.
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Basic Purgatorio 10 Annotations Up

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Panel from Cinema Purgatorio #10. Art by Kevin O’Neill

They still need some polishing, but we’ve got basic annotations up for all the great stories in this week’s box office topper Cinema Purgatorio #10. Look ’em over, throw tomatoes or applaud, and tell us what we missed. Find all the Purgatorio annotations via this index page.

Get Hollywood Purgatorio Background On Various Podcasts

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Four different podcasts tell the story of Thelma Todd’s mysterious death – photo via Wikipedia

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill are probably not getting their Cinema Purgatorio references from 21st Century souces like podcasts, but one of the contributors here (me, Joe Linton) has been listening to podcasts to get background on various Purgatorio stories. There’s plenty of text in books and on websites, but if you want to listen to learn more about Thelma Todd, Fatty Arbuckle, Willis O’Brien and others, check out these podcast episodes:

Cinema Purgatorio #1 – Fatty Arbuckle: Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear #3
Cinema Purgatorio #4 – Willis O’Brien: The Optical #8
Cinema Purgatorio #6 – cameo feature Marie Prevost: Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear #31
Cinema Purgatorio #7 – Actual OK Corral history: Wartime: A History Series S05E08, New Books in Historical FictionMy Darling Clementine (1946): The Recommendation Game #8, Totally Awesome Films. Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957): Classic Movie Reviews #86.
Cinema Purgatorio #9 – Thelma Todd: Mysterious Circumstances #26, You Must Remember This #94, Hollywoodland: Unsolved #3, Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear #13
Cinema Purgatorio #11 – Black Dahlia: Movie Geeks United – Tinseltown Tragedies #3, True Crime Garage #44-46

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Alexx Kay On Researching ‘After Tombstone’

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Walter Brennan as Newman Clanton in My Darling Clementine

Over at LiveJournal annotator Alexx Kay rambles on the process of annotating the Moore/O’Neill tale “After Tombstone” in Cinema Purgatorio #7:

Alan Moore’s story in Cinema Purgatorio, “After Tombstone”, is pretty complex for the roughly 6 pages it takes to vivisect the gunfight at the OK Corral. I’m no expert on the subject, but I’m a lot closer now than I was a month ago, having spent a lot of time reading Wikipedia and watched the three main movies that Moore seems to be drawing on for this story … None of these four sources agree with each other about what was really going on. And then, the clearly unreliable narrator of Moore’s story has yet a fifth account.

It seems to me that what Moore is getting at here is not just the now-familiar concept that history is another kind of fiction. Rather, that fiction overwrites history, often repeatedly. History becomes palimpsest, a hologram of all the different versions refracting with each other at once. As Dave Sim once quoted Moore as saying, “All stories are true.”

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Basic Purgatorio 7 Annotations Up

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Cinema Purgatorio 7 cover – by Kevin O’Neill

It took longer than usual, and we’re still sweeping some rows, but basic annotations are up for all the stories in Cinema Purgatorio #7. Kudos to star annotator Alexx Kay for scouring several westerns to find so many references in Moore and O’Neill’s After Tombstone.

We expect that film buffs, gamers, Civil War historians and others can keep adding details. Look them over and let us know what we missed. All the annotations are found via the Annotations Index page.