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Re: Dan Hodges's take on LA NUIT DU CARREFOUR...
Predictable response from you, Dan. You are consistent in a denial that is based on ignoring a lot of evidence about French noir from 1931-35; your only source that purportedly agrees with you, Ginette Vincendeau, is wildly inconsistent in her approach to LA NUIT DE CARREFOUR: she followed up from the passage quoted—one that many of those who’ve written about the film in addition to myself and ND find utterly astonishing in its misreading of the tone and (inter)action in the film—with her SIGHT & SOUND “highlights of French noir” overview where she singles out NUIT as the first French noir.
ND clearly has watched LA NUIT DU CARREFOUR, and she sees in Else what many others see: a femme fatale at the tail end of a process of manipulation, knowing even in her drug-addled state that the handwriting is on the wall, where she redirects her sexual decadence in a calculated attempt to cut her losses.
What’s more, there are additional fatal(e) characters in French noir during the early thirties. No one disputes your plot analysis of MADEMOISELLE DOCTEUR, but the claim for it as the first example of fatal(e) behavior is nothing if not spurious.