Recently, I started a discussion here on Crimespace. I posed this question: Is there a place for humor in a hard-boiled thriller/noir? The answers I got were mixed, but there was a hesitancy that trended towards “No.” One Crimespacer quoted Otto Penzler – “Noir requires a sense of bleakness and despair, and characters so flawed, their failure is in their DNA.”
In Prague, I lived in a building a lot like the one(s) in this photo from The Third Man. Not enough light; the faucets barely worked; there was a weird film poster of “Nanuk of the North” left behind by the previous tenant. And I mean weird. Like a cockamamie merger of Eskimo soft-porn and man and dog buddy adventure. But I loved that place, and it still gives me…Continue
Added by Victoria Dougherty on January 24, 2013 at 8:31am — No Comments
If you’re here and reading this, you probably have a thing for noir. I know I do. I love its style – the tipped fedoras, the fitted clothes. I love that a cigarette is more than a prop – it’s treated like a piece of jewelry.
But in the few short years after the end of the WWII, when cool was being codified, Hitchcock's blondes were running amok, and French noir was…Continue