Re: RARA-AVIS: A Whiff of Sulphur -- Eureka!

From: Patrick King (
Date: 06 Dec 2007

--- William Ahearn <> wrote:
 The same is true of Kiss Me, Deadly where
> Spillane's central premise was scrapped and the
> story
> retold as a nihilistic detective story. That's what
> film should do and it's rare when it happens.
***************************************************** But the film, KISS ME DEADLY, is an essential "noir" example, employing, in many cases inventing, essential aspects of the style. Altman's film, THE LONG GOODBYE, thows all of these essentials out including the story and leaves us with an empty dective out of his time in an anti-"noir" atmosphere. Maybe its an interesting idea, not to me, but I guess to some. I sure wish he'd used a different detective and a different title.

Patrick King

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