The hallmarks of the Noir style are fear, guilt and loneliness, breakdown and despair, sexual obession and social corruption. A sense that the world is controlled by malignant forces preying on us, a rejection of happy endings and a preference for resolutions heavy with doom, but always redeemed by a breathtakingly vivid poetry of word ......
Francis M. Nevins
Darkness at Dawn - Cornell Woolrich
San Francisco 1961
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