Chapter | Thirty-Seven

 

 

Drama: Noir/Thriller

 

 

 

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FiGURE 37.1 The West Side, a powerful web series with hints of thriller, noir and western in its setting.

 

WHAT IS IT?

A dark, psychological, and bleak drama often based around urban crime.

Noir isn’t just a genre, it’s a genre-for-hire, instantly lending a simple plotdriven B-movie the chance to become a work of art, to give it a philosophy. Sure, it tends to be fatalistic, downbeat, menacing, and you won’t form lasting attachments with noir characters – in fact, you’ll want to lose them soon after the credits roll. But these are movies that leave their mark, evident in the many noir films ...

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