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Who Shot Roger Rabbit Analysis

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How to Write Noir Fiction
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (n.d) defines noir as “crime fiction featuring hard-boiled[,] cynical characters and bleak[,] sleazy settings.” However, it could be suggested that “claustrophobic” would be a better descriptor, in place of “sleazy.” The term noir, as it relates to fiction, comes from “film noir,” which means “black cinema,” and was a term coined in France by French critic Nino Frank (Schurr, A., Crump, A., Rozeman, M., & Paste staff, 2015). The dark term was coined partially in reference to a particular subset of Hollywood films that were permeated with previously unseen levels of cynicism or disillusionment, this cynicism is generally attributed to the 1940s post-war dynamics (Hoerneman, n.d.). Film
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However, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is noir in how Roger Rabbit, an anthropomorphic cartoon rabbit, is framed for a murder; an (eponymous) event which is the catalyst that pulls Roger and the lead, Eddie (portrayed by Bob Hoskins), into the rest of the convoluted -- if humorous -- plot involving a mix of human and cartoon characters which coexist onscreen. Who Framed Roger Rabbit occasionally uses thematic lighting native to film noir’s historic visual roots, but in an intentional or comedic manner more than to evoke the atmosphere or emotions common to noir. I think that an appropriate name for Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s specific subgenre is “comedic…show more content…
The leanness in the writing of literary noir is as fascinating and noteworthy as the moody lighing and deep shadows in much of noir film. Short, clipped sentences riddled with occasionally near-nonsensical metaphors, spattered with begrudging remarks, and often given a cynical, broody tone. My favourite pairing of this clipped, broody tone is with an unreliable narrator, one who either never tells the full truth, unless it suits them, or who embellishes on the truth at unpredictable
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