VI - The Patsy

In a genre that operates within the morally gray, and often beyond, attention is lavished on moments of greed, of lust, and of power. Rarely is it reserved for the more humanizing moments of its characters. We have left behind the cinema of Renoir and Visconti and are firmly rooted in something more fatally American. That this shape owes much to directors, often German, who fled the specter of European fascism, well, that’s all part of how we got here. The golden age of Hollywood noir is brimming with men who would sell their souls for just a little more in life.

Every painting, if it's any good, is a love affair.