RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir is not for everybody

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 01 Oct 2005


Great to see you posting here.


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, ejgorman99@a... wrote:
> I always assumed that the phrase "existential hero" was an apt
description of
> noir protagonists. But I recently read a piece about Sartre who,
it turns
> out, felt that existentilism was often a philosphy of joy and
> I think a lot of this present discussion about noir makes it sound
as if noir
> is the only possible (or legitimate) way to look at the world. A
piece in the
> London Sunday Times a few months ago made the point that too much
> contemporary crime writing makes a "fetish" out of grimness for
its own sake. I agree.
> It's like the old John Candy-Eugene Levy SCT hillbilly movie
critics who judged
> all films by how many explosions were in them. "Blowed it up real
good!" if
> you recall. Darkness for its own sake strikes me as a form of
> adolescance. Life is too complicated and too ambiguous to be
reduced to "darkness."
> Ed Gorman
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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