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Roots of Film Noir

Roots of Film Noir
Author: Kevin Grant
Publisher: McFarland
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2022-11-29
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 1476645817

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Individual reviews of 90+ films created and released before 1941 are included here in the first title-by-title reference guide to the forerunners of film noir. Silent Hitchcock thrillers and German expressionist masterpieces, French poetic realist dramas and forgotten Hollywood B-movies, pseudo-Freudian gangster films and costume melodramas are among the works covered. The collection spans subgenres and cultures of filmmaking, aiming to demonstrate that the roots of noir were sown far and wide, long before the lasting and mysterious genre flowered in America during the war years.


Blackout

Blackout
Author: Sheri Chinen Biesen
Publisher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2005-11-11
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780801882180

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Sheri Chinen Biesen challenges conventional thinking on the origins of film noir and finds the genre's roots in the political, social and historical conditions of Hollywood during the Second World War.


Roots of Film Noir

Roots of Film Noir
Author: Kevin Grant
Publisher: McFarland
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2022-11-23
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 147668748X

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Individual reviews of 90+ films created and released before 1941 are included here in the first title-by-title reference guide to the forerunners of film noir. Silent Hitchcock thrillers and German expressionist masterpieces, French poetic realist dramas and forgotten Hollywood B-movies, pseudo-Freudian gangster films and costume melodramas are among the works covered. The collection spans subgenres and cultures of filmmaking, aiming to demonstrate that the roots of noir were sown far and wide, long before the lasting and mysterious genre flowered in America during the war years.


Boston Noir 2

Boston Noir 2
Author: Dennis Lehane
Publisher: Akashic Books
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2012
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1617751367

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In keeping with the tradition of the Noir series, Boston Noir 2 is made up of the works of several celebrated authors whose work is tied together by a common setting. After the massive success of the first Boston Noir, bestselling author Dennis Lehane is back as curator for another anthology of crime stories set in Boston. The Boston Noir 2 collection features reprints of the classic chilling short stories and novel excerpts that brought the world of noir to its knees. Contributors include Pulitzer winners Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike.


Street with No Name

Street with No Name
Author: Andrew Dickos
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2002-06-07
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780813122434

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Traces the genre of film noir back to German and French roots. Describes the developent of the genre in the United States and examines its expression in modern cinema.


The Philosophy of Film Noir

The Philosophy of Film Noir
Author: Mark T. Conard
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2007-08-17
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780813191812

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From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), the classic film noir is easily recognizable for its unusual lighting, sinister plots, and feeling of paranoia. For critics and fans alike, these films defined an era. The Philosophy of Film Noir explores philosophical themes and ideas inherent in classic noir and neo-noir films, establishing connections to diverse thinkers ranging from Camus to the Frankfurt School. The authors, each focusing on a different aspect of the genre, explore the philosophical underpinnings of classic films such as The Big Sleep (1946), Out of the Past (1947), and Pulp Fiction (1994). They show how existentialism and nihilism dominate the genre as they explore profound themes in a vital area of popular culture.


Film Noir

Film Noir
Author: Andrew Spicer
Publisher: Routledge
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2018-10-08
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 1317875036

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Film Noir is an overview of an often celebrated, but also contested, body of films. It discusses film noir as a cultural phenomenon whose history is more extensive and diverse than American black and white crime thrillers of the forties. An extended Background Chapter situates film noir within its cultural context, describing its origin in German Expressionism, French Poetic Realism and in developments within American genres, the gangster/crime thriller, horror and the Gothic romance and its possible relationship to changes in American society. Five chapters are devoted to ‘classic’ film noir (1940-59): chapters explore its contexts of production and reception, its visual style, and its narrative patterns and themes chapters on character types and star performances elucidate noir’s complex construction of gender with its weak, ambivalent males and predatory femmes fatales and also provide a detailed analysis of three noir auteurs, - Anthony Mann, Robert Siodmak and Fritz Lang Three chapters investigate ‘neo-noir’ and British film noir: chapters trace the complex evolution of ‘neo-noir’ in American cinema, from the modernist critiques of Night Moves and Taxi Driver, to the postmodern hybridity of contemporary noir including Seven, Pulp Fiction and Memento the final chapter surveys the development of British film noir, a significant and virtually unknown cinema, stretching from the thirties to Mike Hodges’ Croupier Films discussed include both little known examples and seminal works such as Double Indemnity, Scarlet Street, Kiss Me Deadly and Touch of Evil. A final section provides a guide to further reading, an extensive bibliography and a list of over 500 films referred to in the text. Lucidly written, Film Noir is an accessible, informative and stimulating introduction that will have a broad appeal to undergraduates, cinéastes, film teachers and researchers.


The Cambridge Companion to Film Music

The Cambridge Companion to Film Music
Author: Mervyn Cooke
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 439
Release: 2016-12-08
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1107094518

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A stimulating and unusually wide-ranging collection of essays overviewing ways in which music functions in film soundtracks.


Film Noir Style

Film Noir Style
Author: Kimberly Truhler
Publisher: Paladin Communications
Total Pages: 491
Release: 2021-01-12
Genre: Art
ISBN: 1735273805

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Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s looks at the fashions of the femmes fatales who were so good at being bad, and the suits and trench coats of definitive noir actors such as Humphrey Bogart and Alan Ladd. Film and fashion historian Kimberly Truhler explores twenty definitive film noir titles from 1941 to 1950 and traces the evolution of popular fashion in the decade of the '40s, the impact of World War II on home-front fashion, and the influence of the film noir genre on popular fashion then and now. Meet not only the fabulous women of noir, including Betty Grable, Veronica Lake, Gene Tierney, Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck, Ava Gardner, and many others, but also the costume designers that created and recreated these famous stars as killers—and worse—through the clothes they wore.


More Than Night

More Than Night
Author: James Naremore
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 403
Release: 2008-01-14
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0520254023

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"Supplies the first study of film noir that achieves the sort of intellectual seriousness, depth of research, degree of critical insight, and level of writing that this group of films deserves."—Tom Gunning, Modernism and Modernity