RARA-AVIS: On Detour

From: Juri Nummelin ( juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi)
Date: 14 Sep 2006

Talk about DETOUR made me want to read more about it and I looked at two reference works. Stephens's FILM NOIR doesn't tell much, but Naremore's MORE THAN NIGHT gives couple interesting points:

- the film got only one review at the time, Variety saying that the film was "okay as a supporting dualer" (23 January 1946)

- Ulmer wrote a script for the PRC studios called "Single Indemnity" right after DOUBLE INDEMNITY proved to be a success

- there's a contemporary critic called Andrew Britton who compares DETOUR to Henry James and Freud's writings on "secondary revision"; Naremore seems to mention this with a bit of irony

Naremore also sees that the imagery of DETOUR foreshadows PSYCHO.

Juri http://pulpetti.blogspot.com

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