Nuevo Noir is, simply put, ‘Noir’ that is new. Many believe that Noir died with the Age of Aquariu in the late 1960s. Noir was defined in the late 1920s with crime dramas, many of them low budget, poorly written and over acted. In the 1940s and 50s, Noir grew up, with Howard Hawks’ version of “The Big Sleep,” a film taken from Raymond Chandler’s work of the same name. Other writers of Noir were Dashiell Hammett, Eric Ambler, James M. Cain, Earl Stanley Gardiner, and many others.
Noir was defined by blurred values- bad ‘good guys’ and good ‘bad guys’- and was usually shot in black & white. The Noir film often cited as emblematic of the genre is “Out of the Past,” shot in Bridgeport, California, starring Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum. In “Double Indemnity” (credit to Chandler), Fred MacMurray plays a creepy, unctuous heavy- to great effect- opposite a tragically vivacious Barbara Stanwyck. Murder,sex, compromise and loss.
Nuevo noir arose in the 1990s with works by Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorcese, and others which filled the bill. Noir was reborn in films like “Pulp Fiction”, “Reservoir Dogs”, “Casino” and an obscure Paul Newman film entitled “Twilight,” which is not to be confused with the vampire trilogy.
Nils Grevillius’ effort is to bring forth terse, direct Nuevo Noir to literature and ultimately film.
Please enjoy cautiously.