What Is Film Noir? by William ParkWhat Is Film Noir? by William Park

What Is Film Noir?

byWilliam Park

Paperback | June 15, 2013

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Everyone seems to know what film noir is, but scholars and critics cannot agree on any definition. Some go so far as to insist that there is no such thing. What is Film Noir? claims that this confusion arises from the fact that film noir is both a genre and a period style, and as such is unique in the history of Hollywood. The genre, now known as "neo-noir," continues into the present, while the period, which began in the early 1940s, had expired by 1960. William Park surveys the various theories of film noir, defines the genre, and explains how film noir relates to the style and the period in which it was created. The book corrects several common misconceptions: that film noir was an afterthought, that Hollywood was not conscious of what it was creating, and that film noir is too amorphous to be a genre. Park also provides a very useful theory of genre and how it relates to film study.

About The Author

William Park has taught at Hamilton College, Columbia, and Sarah Lawrence, where he co-founded the film program. He is the coeditor of The College Anthology of English and American Poetry, the author of The Idea of Rococo, Hollywood: An Epic Production, and numerous articles on film.

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Title:What Is Film Noir?Format:PaperbackDimensions:213 pages, 9.38 × 6.33 × 0.82 inPublished:June 15, 2013Publisher:Bucknell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1611485215

ISBN - 13:9781611485219

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Theory of Genre Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Film Noir: The Genre Defined Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Objections Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Style Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Period Style Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Alfred Hitchcock Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Meanings Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Last Words Chapter 10 Appendices Chapter 11 Appendix A: Within the Genre Chapter 12 Appendix B: Borderline Chapter 13 Appendix C: Period Pieces Chapter 14 Works Cited Chapter 15 Index

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Park's book is not simply an introduction to noir. In many ways it is the definitive encyclopedia of the genre. Park clearly views film noir as an art and perhaps one of those easiest to identify, classify, and enjoy, because it deals with human frailty and normally-although not always-with redemption and some type of justice.