RARA-AVIS: Noir definition

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 23 Aug 2004

Jacques Debierue wrote, noting Terrill Lankford's quote: "hard-boiled is about tough guys who win, and noir is about tough guys who lose."
  This does not suffice to cover a lot of noir classics. Willeford's Figueras was not tough: he was obsessed and he slowly went crazy. The same goes for the protagonist of Harrington's Dark Ride...

************* Huh? You didn't think the protagonist in DARK RIDE was tough? Don't you remember that scene where he's beating hell out of a punching bag? What about that scene where he steps into the drug house? The protagonist is a tough guy who loses. It fits the Lankford criteria perfectly, doesn't it?


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