RARA-AVIS: psychotic noir vs. noir

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 29 Sep 2005

Btw. My definition for psychotic noir is noir where the protagonist is broken to the point where their view of the world and their place in it is badly scewed. Their thought process tends to be badly twisted, but still makes perfect sense to them - or at least can be rationalized to make sense to them. Killer Inside Me, Pop. 1280 and Hell of a Woman are good examples of this type of noir.

Double Indemnity and Postman Always Rings Twice are great examples of more traditional noir. The protagonists view of the world is fairly sane, but due to character flaws and weaknesses they cross the line with their action knowing full well what they're doing, but deluding themselves that they can get away with it.
  Dave Z.

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