A Reflection on Noir: Where are we going?

Noir is confusing. Noir is fast. Noir is dark. Noir is suspect.

These are simple sentences, but Noir is anything but that. In this week’s readings, I really learned a lot about how noir can be interpreted differently depending on the author. Combining the videos from last week, with this weeks readings was a little confusing. For awhile, I thought that I completely mistunderstood noir, but then I started to see general themes about the readings. Fast. Dark. Purposefully Confusing. Suspect.

Confusing. Noir is confusing in the sense that the author clearly doesn’t want you to understand everything in the very beginning, they almost want to leave you hanging like a mystery, but it isn’t as mysterious. It has a way of being very open and forward, but still, the reader is left without a clue as to what is going on at some points. Sometimes, this is because characters are introduced without any background or context. CONFUSING, but it really started to make the writing so much better.



Fast. Noir is fast in the sense that it just moves through details as if you are a fly on the wall and can understand everything, but by reading so fast and trying to get through everything, sometimes you miss details. How do you fix this? By reading an re-reading, which is what I had to do with Hemmingway’s The Killers. It could be my general dislike for Hemmingway’s writing (judge me, that’s fine), or maybe that I just don’t get the story, but I felt that it went so fast compared to the other writings.


Dark and Suspect. I combined these two because I think they play hand in hand with each other. I also think my first post on Noir really talks about this well. There is always some sort of mystery and aspect of the story that leaves you hanging until the end. There is always someone in a bad mood or confused.



Purposeful. Everything that the author writes contributes to the story. There is no fluff. There is no filler. It reminds me a lot of news journalism and how the writing functions (minus the dialogue that occurs). Everything has purpose to fit into the story.