RARA-AVIS: Noirish

From: Jean-Pierre Jacquet ( jacquet@optonline.net)
Date: 15 May 2005

A press release from the Cannes Film Festival:
  Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer have turned gumshoe with ``Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,'' a murder mystery that could have been called
``Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink'' for its relentless yet loving tweaks at Hollywood film-noir conventions.

The film, which debuted Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, both mocks and embraces the cliches of the hard-boiled private eyes of years past - taking to nearly outlandish levels the genre's improbable coincidences, impossible action, and detectives who take endless lickings yet keep on ticking.

``This is a drunk movie,'' ``Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang'' writer-director Shane Black told The Associated Press. ``This is just a movie that had too many.''

Black was especially influenced by mystery writer Raymond Chandler, whose story titles the filmmaker borrows as chapter headings for
``Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,'' which opens in U.S. theaters this fall. jpj

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