Re: RARA-AVIS: War time noir

Date: 27 Jun 2005

Juri wrote:

"Actually the noir cycle started already with the WWII (or even before, one might argue). Take "The Maltese Falcon" for instance. Not all the war time entertainment was fluff. . . . Post-war anxiety is more complex matter than just the men being exhausted from war."

John Huston also directed Let There Be Light, a semi-documentary film made for the government about the effects of war on returning vets. Has anyone seen this film? It's available from (for a pretty reasonable price, $25), but I haven't gotten around to ordering it.

And a lot of fictional PIs are returning vets. I did a paper a long time ago that found there were booms in new PIs in the immediate post-war periods of the 20th century. Perhaps the PIs' independence was a response to the lack of same in the military?


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