Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ossessione and La bete humaine

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 18 Sep 2007

--- jacquesdebierue <> wrote:

> The question is whether the name "noir" was applied
> to film, not
> whether there were (what we call) noir films before,
> which of course
> there were. What you say doesn't tally with what I
> remember about film
> history, but I would have to check and right now I
> can't.
The term "film noir" was used prior to 1946 and Nino Frank did not coin it. If you read the Frank article, it is abundately clear. There's an article linked to my essay that clearly shows several instances of usages prior to 1946.

I'm sure you'll be able to quote any number of authorities who will say that French critcs coined the term. I read those books too. That's why I stated the other day that I no longer trusted anyone. When I read the Frank article and the other's critic's article it was so obvious that they didn't coin anything that I wondered what kind of research these "noir" authorities actually did.

It kinda pissed me off, to tell you the truth.


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