Cinematographer/writer John Briley closer to the truth when he says, "(Film noir) experiences periodic rebirth and rediscovery. Whenever we have any moment of deep societal rift or disruption in America, one of the ways we can express it is through the ideas and behavior in film noir?" (New York Times, February 6, 1994)
The time is ripe for a resurgence of noir. "In late twentieth-century America, when several decades can feel like an age, it's not only that we can look back to the forties and fifties and appreciate the cutting-edge significance and power of the noir vision, but also that we can gaze into our national mirror today and discern all around us the dark tones and shock-waves of noir's resurgence.