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
requirements of classic film noir: "a pervasive sense of urban menace
malign fate, conveyed by a Germanic visual style full of threatening
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
wants to use him and toss him away; a downbeat ending that finds the
protagonist defeated or dead - or, preferably, both."
Wot he said.
But without so many big words. And it needs added to it the word, 'Obsessed' and the phrase, 'The light at the end of the tunnel is always the headlight of an on-coming train.'
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