Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir style but not Noir Content.

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 18 Feb 2003

> > I agree with Rene--
> >
> > Citizen Kane has a definite noir style, but the
> > content is not noir.
> >
> > Great movie.
> >
> > Jack
> This might be a chicken or the egg question, but isn't it possible
that "Citizen
> Kane" influenced noir film-makers? After all, look at "The Maltese
Falcon", which
> came out in 1941, the same year. Stylistically they're similar,
although Welles
> took more chances in his rookie endeavor with camera angles, etc.,
than Huston
> did (also in his rookie endeavor as a director), and let's face it,
"Citizen Kane"
> is a nexus point in film-making. *Everyone* who came after was
influenced by
> "Kane" in one way or another, even if it was to resist Welles'
influence. Truly
> a seminal work for the film industry in general, and for noir in
particular, I'd
> say.
Brian, I think it's pretty much accepted that Citizen Kane had a profound influence on the development of film noir. I certainly consider it to be the case.


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