Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir series (long answer)

Date: 16 Sep 2007

Mario wrote:

"The word "noir" is polysemic, in particular when it's used in expressions such as "film noir" and "noir novel". Some apply to designate a style, others to designate content. Besides, classifications are not really worth that much, certainly not when compared to the story, which is the thing. If I give you a bicycle and tell you it's an airplane, you may be momentarily puzzled but you still ride it, you still use it as a bicycle. The same if someone says that a film or a novel is "noir". Not a big deal."

Or, to paraphrase Rene Magritte: "Ce n'est pas un noir."


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