Re: RARA-AVIS: SUSPECTS and Speculations

Date: 01 Oct 2005


Re your comments below:

> It [the defintion of noir] is one of
> those basic questions that I have a tendency to pass
> over, as I focus
> on the people in the genre and their plots.

I prefer to talk about individual works myself rather than argue about the number of angels who can dance on the head of a pin.
> . . . for those among us
> who look at every riddle as a
> potential plot, the game [movie character's fates]
> has already been played been played, quite
> well, by the British film critic (well, film critic
> and many other
> things), David Thomson, in his 1985 leap-of-fiction,
> Suspects, a fun
> read that I would recommend to everyone. This book
> follows up on the
> histories of Brigid, Cody Jarrett, Travis Bickle,
> Roy Earle, Walter
> Neff, and many of our other favorite film
> characters, telling us of
> their stories from both before and after the
> curtains came down and the
> last pages and frames of film in their classic noir
> episodes.

Doesn't he also suggest, Philip Jose Farmer-like, realtionships between characters from wildly disparate movies, like Donna Reed from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE being a sister or a cousin or something to Janet Leigh from TOUCH OF EVIL?


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