Date: 03 May 2000

Thanks Martha. I have enough arbitrary and irritating things in my life like I should skip the Schrader essay. Later...Kip

imho, the schrader essay is incredibly arbitrary and irritating. it's full of opinions like "the hard-boiled hero was, in reality, a soft egg compared to his existential counterpart" and "...the gangster films warshow wrote about are inferior to film noir," presented totally without factual support. it's not his opinions that get to me, it's that he apparently felt no need whatsoever to support any of them.

the copy i have is photocopied from FILM GENRE READER, edited by barry keith grant. hope this helps.

martha <mailto:>

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