Film Noir by Andrew SpicerFilm Noir by Andrew Spicer

Film Noir

byAndrew SpicerEditorAndrew Spicer

Paperback | May 31, 2002

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Lucidly written, Film Noir is an accessible informative and stimulating introduction that has a broad appeal to undergraduates, cineastes, film teachers and researchers.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. 

Andrew Spiceris at the University of West England
Title:Film NoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.3 × 6.2 × 0.55 inPublished:May 31, 2002Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0582437121

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Table of Contents

1. The Background to Film Noir
2. Conditons of Production and Reception
3. Noir Style     
4. Themes and Narrative Strategies
5. Gender in Film Noir: Character Types and Performers
6.  The Noir Auteur
7.  Neo-Noir 1: Modernist Film Noir
8.  Neo-Noir 2: Postmodern Film Noir
9.  British Film Noir
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