Re: RARA-AVIS: The Breaking Point (Calling our man Beaver)

From: kevinburtonsmith (
Date: 26 Jun 2008

Patrick wrote:

> Kevin, you mean you don't see the noir side of BUS STOP? Let's see, we have a saloon
dancer caging fake drinks from unsuspecting customers, an ultra macho cowboy who won't take no for an answer, a local cafe with implied extra curricular activities, and the dance hall girl and cowboy go off together in the end... happily ever after? You think? There's humor in most of Jim Thompson and Elmore Leonard, too, but that doesn't make them any less noir. You have to read into the subtext of BUS STOP to reach its cold gray underbelly.

Seems like an awful lot of work to make your still negligible case. You like the film -- I get that. But don't try to make it something it isn't.

And is your so-called underbelly really all that cold and gray, or just soft and white? It's a romantic comedy, fer cryin' out loud.

Now, has anyone seen THE BREAKING POINT, a film that might actually qualify as hard-boiled and/or noir?

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