In noir, style is as important as story. Because nothing much changes in these hard-boiled detective thrillers: Every woman has a past and every man a price. It's always night in the city, with a car careening through lonely, rain-slicked streets. Inside, Venetian blinds cast shadows like prison bars, cigarette smoke is circling and there's plenty of hard liquor for pouring that almighty drink.
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