RARA-AVIS: Re: Ossessione and La bete humaine

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 18 Sep 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, William Ahearn <williamahearn@...> wrote:

> Another aspect I'm working on is the myth that noir is
> a purely American form. Maybe I'll discover BollyNoir
> . . .

That's much truer of hardboiled; in fact, I think it's undisputed. But noir, if you make the definition broad enough, could go back a long ways and include the Greeks, some of Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Franz Kafka and who knows what else. In film, "noir" was first applied to American films, but the Germans were making noir films in the silent era and the French made their share of great noir films, so it looks more like a collective phenomenon, a type of story that appealed widely to people (possibly because of hard times, a certain cynicism, people liking antiheroes, the loss of personal security and so on).



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