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Neo-Noir Western (beginnings)

by Anais B
Neo-Noir Western (beginnings) by Anais B
I love the visual spareness of these movies and how they can be so emotionally withholding and unavailable that you feel like the loser in a bad romance. These are movies populated by temperamentally challenged outsiders with sometimes roguish agendas and often private miseries. He is a walking chamber of secrets with sun baked legs. These inscrutable anti-heroes can sometimes be violent and wild-like criminal-animals (and no they are not always criminal or violent). But “animal” or “criminal” applied indiscriminately would short shrift the fact that they have moral systems: codes of family, honor, masculinity, all hitched to a sort of… Read more

I love the visual spareness of these movies and how they can be so emotionally withholding and unavailable that you feel like the loser in a bad romance. These are movies populated by temperamentally challenged outsiders with sometimes roguish agendas and often private miseries. He is a walking chamber of secrets with sun baked legs. These inscrutable anti-heroes can sometimes be violent and wild-like criminal-animals (and no they are not always criminal or violent). But “animal” or “criminal” applied indiscriminately would short shrift the fact that they have moral systems: codes of family, honor, masculinity, all hitched to a sort of frontier nihilism derived from a cowboy’s sense of right and wrong: out sized or underdeveloped depending on who is holding the gun.

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