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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:13 am 
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Saying that it wont really be noir cause it will be neo noir is kind of saying a neo nazi isnt a nazi?... Just saying.

I actually cant think how it wouldnt have elements or noir if it is at least slightly true to the novel. Cinematographically the novel itself was noir, was it not? Although cinematography isnt the right word, seeing as, you know, it was a COMIC.

But you know what i mean, as it does have some very cinematic frames. Right?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:19 am 
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The cinematography is one thing, but Rorschach's narration seals the deal. Parts of it will hopefully be a sort of postmodern neo-noir in the vain as Pulp Fiction and Taxi Driver.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:11 am 
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I think it is definitely noir to some degree. Some of the bright colours of the book and movie always made it feel a little un-noir, but still more yes than no.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:05 pm 
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This seems as good a place to put this as any...

Here I compare Watchmen to Double Indemnity, highlighting in particular how Moore and Gibbons (and, with the movie, Michael Wilkinson and team) deliberately evoke it. The primary purpose: to suggest Laurie as femme fatale...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKR5ctdSeGk

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it was tying it into the rape-revenge stories and making light of a verys erious sub-genre that kind of offended me.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:35 am 
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AYBGerrardo wrote:
This seems as good a place to put this as any...

Here I compare Watchmen to Double Indemnity, highlighting in particular how Moore and Gibbons (and, with the movie, Michael Wilkinson and team) deliberately evoke it. The primary purpose: to suggest Laurie as femme fatale...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKR5ctdSeGk


That you who's narrating ?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:36 am 
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No, I hired Morgan Freeman.

Full annotations:
http://smart.fmuk.org.uk/2011/01/11/wat ... indemnity/

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it was tying it into the rape-revenge stories and making light of a verys erious sub-genre that kind of offended me.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:59 am 
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AYBGerrardo wrote:
No, I hired Morgan Freeman.


I wonder, can one take back a "Like" rating on youtube ?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:33 am 
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Rorschach's stuff is definitely film noir to the max! The movie definitely incorporates film noir motifs, as the novel does, but both are not exclusively film noir. Rather we're looking at a mixture of styles.

That said, the case could be made that Manhattan's seeming fatalism has been drawn from the work of the incomparable Cornell Woolrich, one of the best noir writers of all time. His stories are often about characters doomed to a certain fate no matter what they do. Manhattan's (or Laurie's in the movie) line that nothing ends, nothing ever ends echoes this kind of Woolrich sensibilities.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:50 am 
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The bit with the cigarette burned out in the ashtray at moloch's place is definitely a nod to film noir

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Mr. Ex wrote:
Rorschach's stuff is definitely film noir to the max! The movie definitely incorporates film noir motifs, as the novel does, but both are not exclusively film noir. Rather we're looking at a mixture of styles.


This exactly

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