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Re: A first cut at a "Noir-Roughie" series...
It would appear that the definition of a roughie should include what was perceived as transgressive sex acts and /or perverse sexuality at the time the film was made, together with primitive filmmaking, amateur and non-professional actors, and no budget. To qualify as noir the roughie would meet the criteria like any other film.
Some roughies I've sen remind me of early talkies; they are charged with the same sense of immediacy and vitality.
"I've been to college, but I can still speak English when business demands it."
Raymond Chandler, 1939.
"All explaining in movies can be thrown out, I think."
Elmore Leonard, 2013.