Re: RARA-AVIS: Williams and Woolrich

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 10 Mar 2006

--- In, "David Strecker" <strecker@...> wrote:
> "I think there are now 12 of them, including Nightmare Alley and Laura."
> I still cannot figure out why "Laura" is considered noir...
> I feel no sense of impending dread; no nervous tension; no
> "smell of fear," to use Chandler's phrase.

I see a fair amount of nervous tension. It's a cold movie, so the tension is less overt than in other noir classics. And, as somebody already said, the cinematic treatment is pure noir.

From a noir box I got in France, I've recently watched _White Heat_ (superb), _Public Enemy_ (also superb, and this one I had never seen), and D.O.A. (absolutely superb). Not from this box, _Killer Bait_ (or _Too Late for Tears_) a wonderful B movie with excellent acting by all concerned. I hadn't even heard of this movie, which I found in a cutout bin at a store.



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