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Re: Fatalism and the neo-noir-o-meter
Of course. I was working under the assumption from the above that you were looking for some kind of framework to make some alterations to what you'd set up back in 2015, and those ideas pertinent to how to recast "fatalism" were offered as a possible way to implement them. I see it as a tweak of what otherwise seems to be a quite sound approach to the understructure of "neo."
A question to ask about the neo-noir-o-meter is whether the double-edged relationship between noir and (melo)drama is still as pointed now as was the case in the 40s. Bordwell's look at how plots and dramatic structures all move toward more novelistic and "clotted" dynamics reinforces the idea that such a connection exists in the classic noir era--but that connection is quite likely a good bit more tenuous in the neo-noir period.