Re: RARA-AVIS: Ethics of Noir

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 09 Nov 2005

Domenic wrote:

It is this trap, I think--this kind of dilemma--no way in, no way out--that noir has traditionally been about.
**************** Oh yeah. Pessimistic determinism is a powerful and recurrent theme in noir. Although it seems the protagonist always shares some responsibility for his situation, no matter how small, his actions appear more inevitable than a result of free choice. Noir owes a lot to the American Naturalists.


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