Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Movies and Books

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 16 May 2004

Jack Bludis wrote: I still say noir=screwed and hardboiled=tough for simplification purposes. I think the goes for books as well as movies.
  It's fun to kick it around though. Among we at rara-avis, it sometimes seems to get as heated as religion or politics.

************ I have always liked your definitions, Jack. To be honest, I also like and respect Jim Doherty's noir definition, even though I don't think it quite gets the job done. The hardboiled definition works fine for me but I, obviously like many others here, see noir as a term more complex than just dark and sinister.

It's great to be among a group that enjoys batting around the nuances.


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