I've seen the b&w film Blast of Silence several times over the years, on the Criterion DVD. Excellent movie, which focuses on a lone hitman who travels to NYC during the Christmas holidays to perform a "job". Great atmosphere, acting, period jazz score, and location. Early ’60’s NYC may as well be another character in the film. I also think that setting & filming the movie in Winter added to the intentional starkness; even the daytime scenes were gloomy and morose. Also setting the film at Christmas-time emphasized the alienation/loneliness of the main character. The second-person narration took some getting used to, but ultimately I found it very appropriate. Kudos to the Criterion Collection – if it weren’t for the DVD, I would never have gotten a chance to see the film (or hear of it, for that matter). If you like b&w noir films and haven’t already seen this, do yourself a favor and check it out.