Re: RARA-AVIS: Film Noir Style, Noir Content

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 18 Feb 2003

Jim wrote:

"If the term has expanded beyond what it's meant to define, then it means that people are commonly misunderstanding the term, not that "the language has expanded."

So genres can't evolve? They can't come to include aspects which were not there in the original. So the Rolling Stones stopped playing rock
'n' roll when they went beyond doing Chuck Berry covers? What a boring genre hardboiled would be if it were limited to Carroll John Daly's palette. That's how you kill a genre, by setting very tight constraints on its practitioners. Then again, that's just what you're saying about film noir, that it died, and that what we are claiming is the evolution of noir, is something else entirely (so what is it?). I'm sorry, I prefer genres that are living, evolving, not just increasingly pale imitations.


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