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Strongly recommended. Is Neo-Noir anything more than film noir in technicolor?
Taking up such latter-day classics as Chinatown , Blade Runner , and Memento , this volume explores how contemporary filmmakers have taken up the challenge of classic film noir and broadened the genre. In this analysis, even the pastel shades of South Beach take on a dark coloring in Miami Vice. These probing essays locate what is neo in Neo-Noir and thus define it as a postmodern genre. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.
The Philosophy of Film Noir
No cover image. Read preview. Synopsis From The Maltese Falcon to Touch of Evil , the classic film noir is easily recognizable for its unusual lighting, sinister plots, and feeling of paranoia. Excerpt A drifter, driven purely by desire, is convinced by a beautiful woman—a femme fatale—to murder her husband.
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The Philosophy of Film Noir (eBook)
Sontag, Susan The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Noir emerged as a prominent American film genre in the early s, distinguishable by its use of unusual lighting, sinister plots, mysterious characters, and dark themes.
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From The Maltese Falcon to Touch of Evil , films from this classic period reflect an atmosphere of corruption and social decay that attracted such accomplished directors as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles. The Philosophy of Film Noir is the first volume to focus exclusively on the philosophical underpinnings of these iconic films. Drawing on the work of diverse thinkers, from the French existentialist Albert Camus to the Frankurt school theorists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, the volume connects film noir to the philosophical questions of a modern, often nihilistic, world.
Opening with an examination of what constitutes noir cinema, the book interprets the philosophical elements consistently present in the films—themes such as moral ambiguity, reason versus passion, and pessimism.
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