RARA-AVIS: more noir

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 10 Nov 2005

"Noir owes a lot to the American Naturalists."

Naturalism seems to be realism plus "the poor will always be with us." It's looking out a train window at the houses of the poor. Look how they live. Boy, are they (always) screwed. Plus a dash of crime. Suddenly we are watching The Postman Rings Twice. (Cain & his audience went slumming with those who get thrown off the hay trucks & with Midwest girls too slutty for Hollywood.)

Noir switches perspective, and we become the Screwed. With a dash of Crime thrown in. The readers are still slumming, but there's a mirror.

Anybody buy into this?

Frederick Zackel

"We nothing know, and everything must fear." ~ Voltaire

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