RE: RARA-AVIS: Noir is not for everybody

From: Bruce Makous (
Date: 29 Sep 2005

Jim Winter wrote:

"Because not everyone in a noir story is screwed, just the main character or a central group of characters. Obviously, noir is as much about POV as it is outlook or atmospherics. "

I really agree that POV is key. I've often thought that CASABLANCA told from the Bridgid O'Shaughnessy POV would be noir. As is, it's really hardboiled. There are many examples of POV resulting in noir.

Best, Bruce Makous


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