From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 03 May 2000 wrote:

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

No, you shouldn't. Even though it's arbitrary at times, it's not pointless. In the essay Schrader formed the classification of film noir that still stands. All the later commentaries are based on Schrader's conclusions. In the end of the essay Schrader strays far into the twilight zone of metaphysics and doesn't give any substantial final analysis of the subject, but the other part of the essay was pretty good. Scharder clearly knows the films he's talking about, which cannot always be said about all the commentators.

I've read the essay in Finnish, so I can't help you about the locations of the essay.


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