RARA-AVIS: Noir sports...

From: Steve Novak ( Cinefrog@comcast.net)
Date: 21 Feb 2008

Yet, some people would say that organized sports are part of the overall alienation...etc...etc...and within the rugby world, the shift of Rugby Union from amateur sport to professionalism (early 90¹s in France, UK...etc) is proof of the alienation endured at large through rampant commercialisation, etc, etc....It is evident to me that these could be the foundations for characters and stories within that sport¹s world... In that very vein the debates presently running arount soccer team ownerships, player transfers, import of African youngsters, matches abroad for Premiership teams... all contribute to this sense of alienation by fans and/or players and could be the subtext for plots, characters...because the baddies are numerous and powerful... I suggest a good reading of Nick Hornsby¹s Fever Pitch followed by How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer....to get into the mood...and this could be applied to any organized sport...

Remember in Bad Lieutenant the link between character, gambling and baseball World Series...and I bet we can all find many other examples...


On 2/21/08 3:59 AM, "Charlie Williams" < cs_will@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Which brings us back to rugby (or whatever wholesome team sport you
> care to pick), which represents the antithesis of alienation, which
> is maybe why there is a dearth of noir and hardboiled stories in that
> area. Of course, all you have to do is get one of the team alienated
> and you have a story. But I still think there are other factors at
> play that stop rugby going all noir.
> Charlie.

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