RARA-AVIS: Re: Another noir definition

From: Dick Lochte (dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 23 Jul 2010

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    Those ever-seeking the definitive definition of noir may be interested in an article in today's NY Times. Dave Kehr, for my money the paper's best movie critic, examines new noir movie DVD collections and provides the following requirements of classic film noir: "a pervasive sense of urban menace and malign fate, conveyed by a Germanic visual style full of threatening shadows and forced perspectives; a fall-guy hero wrenched out of a comfortable existence by an arbitrary twist of fate or a moment of moral weakness; a femme fatale who leads the hero on with her sexuality but ultimately only wants to use him and toss him away; a downbeat ending that finds the protagonist defeated or dead - or, preferably, both."

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