Re: RARA-AVIS: "a working class tragedy"

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 24 Sep 2005

Marc Seals wrote:

You know, when I taught my class on noir last year, I treid to avoid definition. Rather, I gave my students a list of characteristics that were typical to noir-- femmes fatales, dizzying camera angles, dark urban settings, etc. I discovered that students tried to make these characteristics into elements of a definition; thus, I had students writing things like,
"This film is not noir because it lacks an effective femme fatale."

************* Without a definition it has no meaning. The students seeking to establish one seems perfectly reasonable to me.


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