Re my comment below:
"Oh, I bet I know. 'It has a dark, sinister atmosphere, but if I admit that's the defining element of noir, I'll be agreeing with Jim, so I'll just weasle out by referring to "noir archetypes that are somehow not noir in themselves" and hope nobody calls me on it.'"
As I read that over now it has a meaner-spirited tone than I thought it did when I sent it.
Without taking back the substance of the comments, I do apologize if it sounded less in the spirit of good-natured give-and-take than I was going for.
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