Re: RARA-AVIS: Kiss Me Deadly

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 10 Dec 2007

--- Patrick King <> wrote:

> Fine, but you're not saying Saturday Night & Sunday
> Morning and Lonliness of a Longdistance Runner, or
> This Sporting Life aren't noir stories, are you?

Yes. That is exactly what I am saying.

> I'm not down on Blow Up. I love Blow Up. I've seen
> it
> numerous times. But in my estimation, Blow Up is not
> noir, it's a spoof on noir.

I'm not being sarcastic but I think you missed the point of Blow Up. It has nothing to do with Welles or Chandler. It may be a spoof of how Heisenberg's principle entered the pop mentality. If you watch Antonioni's other films, you will see a non-resolution in many of them and L'ventura perhaps most famously. One could argue that no murder occurred in Blow Up at all. So how can you solve a non-crime? What has that to do with Chandler or that over-rated, self-promoting hack named Orson Welles (sorry, I had to stick that in)?


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