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Unformatted text preview: Jake Unger COMM 452: Film Noir Week 4 Assignment: Detour/Stanger on the Third Floor Both the B films for this week, Stranger on the Third Floor and Detour , most explicitly deal with fate as a deterministic, external force, that characters have limited control over. Furthermore both the films are similar in the sense that the protagonists are being toyed with by fate in a nightmarish reality from which there is no escape (Shelby), and both films indicate the criminal and social justice systems in the United States is flawed in the sense that the wrong man can easily be convicted (Stranger on the Third Floor) , or no-one would believe someone died by accident (Detour) . While both films are similar in many aspects, they are simultaneously quite different in their respective overarching themes and styles. While both protagonists in Stranger on the Third Floor and Detour are subject to an externally imposed fate (Britton), which essentially causes disaster within each of the characters lives, fate continues its downward spiral of unfortunate...
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