RARA-AVIS: Noir; Duhamel and surrealists

From: juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi
Date: 20 Dec 2006

The term "noir" was already used to describe the poetic realist films of the thirties (and in retrospect, they have lots of noir elements). The term was picked up again by a French critic (Nino Frank?) when he was writing about the fourties' Hollywood crime movies.

Marcel Duhamel was one of the Surrealists, hence his enthusiasm about pessimistic and nihilistic aspects of the books he selected for Série Noire.
(By the way, it is appropriate for Hubert Cornfield to have used his Lionel White adoption as an homage to Magritte, who also was one of the Surrealists.)


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