Murder By Contract (1958)

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Murder By Contract (1958) Finally restored to its sparse black and white cinematography that influenced directors such as Jean-Luc Godard , Robert Bresson, and Martin Scorcese, Irving Lerner directs beat cool Vince Edwards as Claude, a hit man for hire, who provides an existentialist philosophy for murder that proves successful until his target becomes a woman. According to Fernando F. Croce, this noir “records Vince Edward’s moral emptiness with a sharpshooter’s calm.”

 

Get to know the territory. Live there

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Among the people. Visit the parks

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And the libraries and the local businesses.

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Become familiar with the pace of life

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Before walking up behind your victim

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And popping a bullet in his head.

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Go whistle up a dark alley for a switchblade.

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Refuge in another country won’t protect you,

Not even London’s Scotland Yard.

Polonium 210 ravaged Alexander Litvinenko,

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And when Vladimir Kara-Murza survived it,

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He was shot dead on a bridge outside the Kremlin.

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Don’t think being a woman will unnerve

A modern hired assassin, especially where

Freedom of the Press does not exist.

North Korea’s Great Leader allowed

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Two kill teams. using a VX nerve agent,

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To assault his step-brother in a Malaysian airport,

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Because of a visit to Tokyo-Disneyland.

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Power comes less from a gun these days

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Than from State stockpiles of chemical weapons.

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Business has always been about making a killing

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And the CIA established rules of the game.

The instant Allende nationalized Chilean oil,

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He signed his death warrant. It’s been blowback ever since,

From Guatemala to Iran to Vietnam to Iraq.

 

 

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Take out a contract only after the trade off.

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[Disposable Poem March 2, 2017]

Dr. Mike

 

 

 

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