email@example.com, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> Da Vinci's Inquest was finally released on DVD in the US recently.
> Maybe that, and some cable crime shows that are set as well as shot in
> Canada, will make the idea of dark crime above the 49th Parallel more
> acceptable below it.
I remember one episode from early in the series (my faulty
memory may fail me here a bit) where one character is
arrested on suspicion due to previous jailtime. After
pleading innocence and injustice for the whole episode and
generating some sympathy, he gets killed in the holding
cells. Meanwhile Da Vinci figures out that the guy really was
railroaded by the arresting constable, a constable who is now
the Staff Sgt. The Sgt. eats his gun at the end of episode.
The secondary story was some nice kid who stages a robbery at
his own grandma's house, where he lives, and unintentionally
and unknowingly scares her to death. Nice kid is crushed at
end when he learns what he's done. And this is all very
explicitly set in Vancouver.
They weren't all this delicious but they were gritty. There's
not many hour-length Canadian dramas, and even fewer that
last 8 seasons like Da Vinci. You'd think if this show
survived that long, it would've translated into some kind of
impact in Canadian noir writing. Someone must've thought
there was a market for this kind of story. It wasn't that big
of a hit, though, even up here. I suppose foreign markets,
obscure cable, government subsidies, Canadian content rules,
and hope for a big breakthrough kept it alive.
Hey, wait a minute. Noir and hope? Can you truly be a
producer/writer of noir and hope for a big breakthrough?
Would a purist hope for anything more than his big pile of
rejected manuscripts being discovered in a trash bin after
he's dead and finally recognized for the true masterpieces
that they are?
Now that I think about it, is there such thing as a noir
purist? Wouldn't that purity have to be corrupt in some
Somebody stop me.
Jordan in Winnipeg
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