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January 1996, Week 4


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Rolf W Brandis <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 20 Jan 1996 13:05:35 -0600
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In one person's opinion "Film Noir" is not and never will be a genuine film
Rather it is an artificial classification dubbed so by a group of French film
critics who became frustrated by American exports during the immediate post
World War II time period.
Contract players reported back to their studios for work and since they were
on the payroll again they were quickly assigned to mostly inexpensive films
which were easy to write and produce.
Their common style, mood and tone (and frequent omniscient voice-over
narration, as well as the consistent use of flashbacks) attest to the fact
that they were hastily made and distributed as the "B" films of double-features.
I believe too many of us have been seduced by the nostalgia of these films
instead of their genuine aesthetics.
I'd be interested in any rebuttals.
Rolf W. Brandis
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