RARA-AVIS: Memento and PI's

From: Juri Nummelin ( jurnum@utu.fi)
Date: 22 Aug 2001

On Tue, 21 Aug 2001, JIM DOHERTY wrote:

> Re your question below:
> > Do they [insurance investigators] count as PI's?
> Do ob/gyns count as MDs?

What are "ob/gyns" and "MDs"?

> Do homicide detectives count as policemen?
> In other words, do specialists (so I don't belabor
> this point too much) count as members of the larger
> professional fraternity?

Of course they do. But somehow insurance investigators just don't feel like PI's. This must a prejudice. I didnt' think of "Memento" as a private eye film, even though the Guy Pearce guy (sic) acts like a private eye most of the time. But as for the insurance investigators - does "Double Indemnity" count as a PI movie? Edward Robinson plays an insurance investigator and yet I don't feel it's a PI movie.

Shouldn't there be some generic rules under which the PI of the movie is portrayed and what is his dramatic importance? So, if there just is a private eye in a movie, it's not necessarily a private eye movie, but if the private eye is portrayed in certain ways. (Which I'm too busy or lazy to elaborate on at the moment.)


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