Re: RARA-AVIS: Professionals and amateurs

Date: 25 Feb 2003

In a message dated 2/25/03 9:25:50 AM, writes:

<< There are other examples of noir dealing with professionals that slip up morally, such as Ed Harris's cop in China Moon and Walter Huff in Double Indemnity. >>

Jake Gittes in CHINATOWN may not have slipped up morally, but he's nonetheless caught up in a noirish nightmare. Certainly that ending is as dark as it gets. Gittes may not himself be doomed, but he's helpless to save those he cares about, or even bring the guilty to justice.

John Lau

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