Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V5 #33 - Noir

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 18 Feb 2003

I disagree with Jim. Color or black and white doesn not seem to be a determining factor factor. There have been lots of great noir films in color. Some are even recent.

Just to stay within US-made films, let me mention Coppola's
_The Conversation_ (his masterpiece, or at least my favorite, modesty rains, reigns here).

The best film noir to have come out of Spain, Saura's _La Caza_ (The Hunt) is in black and white but shares virtually no tricks or looks with the classic American films of the forties. The noirishness is in the characters and situations, and in the oppressive atmosphere.

For that matter, Polanski's wonderful _Knife under the water_, already mentioned in the discussion, does not look American-inspired, either. It is not even particularly dark or smoky. But the story is noir. Classic noir from Poland.



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