Why noir-ish and not outright noir. Take a movie like The Cook, The Thief,
His Wife and Her Lover (1989) in which a dead man is dressed in honey
garlic BBQ sauce, put in an oven, roasted to perfection, served on a classy
platter, and his murderer is forced to taste his genital.
I was there and its is very close to true!
I was in the Army stationed in Germany from 1986 through 1989 and there
was a day that we called "Black Sunday" when several people on our post
were discovered to have a drug ring going on. The people implicated and
taken away by MPs that day included several officers. My post was known
for being able to get everything from hooker to heroin ON POST! Our
Sgt,. Major walked around with an ax handle tethered to his wrist
because he had been jumped at night so many times! So this movie is not
a joke and is very close to the truth. There was even a second
lieutenant that was murdered by putting him in a wall locker and
pushing it out of a third story window. There was also times when you
could not walk past some buildings or windows if you were white or
black depending on which window and what color you were because of
racial tensions, sometimes you might be hit by a beer bottle by someone
of the opposite color. This movie very closely depicts what it was like
vbeing a soldier in the US Army staioned in West Germany at the end of
the cold war. Hooah!.