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

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 18 Feb 2003

Let's not forget that Marcel Carné ˇnd Jean Renoir in France, as well as Thorold Dickinson, Carol Reed and Alfred Hitchcock in England, used all the props that later would be called noir. Hitchcock's The Lodger (1926) is pure noir. The German expressionistic style has already been mentioned; its influence was very important.

I don't see how Huston and Welles could claim credit for inventing a cinematic style that was two decades old. At least the tricks were old. The characters and situations in Kane and Falcon are typically American.

The more I look at noir as style, the less I like it as a definition.



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