RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir Without End

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 01 Apr 2005

Mostly agree with this except for a couple of exceptions, The Godfather 1&2, and The Shield (which has been consistently noirish from the first episode. Three episodes in this season and hasn't missed a beat - still the best show on Television).

-Dave Z.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith
<kvnsmith@t...> wrote:
> On Apr 1, 2005, at 4:48 AM, John wrote:
> > the show (EYES) looks fun, but they're not even trying for noir
> >
> Which is fine with me. Somehow I can't see noir as an on-going
thing --
> in film or television or even literature. Noir stories, I think,
> function best as a stand-alones, not on-going series. When that
> hammer comes down at the end, it should stay down. Noir wasn't
made for
> sequels.
> I mean, the world is fucked, you're screwed, and everything goes
> hell. Then next week, same noir time, same noir channel, the same
> characters do it all again? Huh?
> Better for them to try for a sort of bleak hard-boiled, noirish
sort of
> cynicism tinged with black humour than outright noir continued on
> weekly basis. The former would be well worth watching, the latter
> almost impossible to achieve..
> Kevin Burton Smith
> The Thrilling Detective Web Site
> 75 Years of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
> http://www.thrillingdetective.com

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