Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Without End

From: Stewart Wilson (
Date: 02 Apr 2005

Kevin Burton Smith wrote:
> I mean, the world is fucked, you're screwed, and everything goes to
> hell. Then next week, same noir time, same noir channel, the same
> characters do it all again? Huh? responded:
> In a message dated 4/1/05 6:00:06 PM, writes:
>>THE WIRE is noir. It's a series. And it works.
> brilliantly, I might add

I have to agree. To bring it back to Kevin's comment though, In THE WIRE, there are enough characters to have a round robin of 'screwed, and everything goes to hell' for one or two characters every episode. They don't all have to get screwed every episode, but given a few episodes, it's hard to find a character that got away clean.

I've been watching season two on DVD, and the intro to episode eight has
  the main Irish cop character on a bender. The episode was written by Pelecanos, and the bender, in abreviated form, is straight out of Pelecanos' own DOWN BY THE RIVER WHERE THE DEAD MEN GO. The main difference was that even HBO shied away from the original Nick Stefanos bender "pearl necklace" ending, chosing instead a more traditional straight sex conclusion.

In another season two Pelecanos wink, a short order cook behind a Greek lunch bar is identified as 'Stefanos'.


------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> Has someone you know been affected by illness or disease? Network for Good is THE place to support health awareness efforts!

RARA-AVIS home page:
  Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 02 Apr 2005 EST