Detours and Lost Highways: A Map of Neo-Noir

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"Detours and Lost Highways begins with the Orson Welles film, Touch of Evil (1958), which featured Welles both behind and in front of the camera. That movie is often cited as the end of the line, noir's rococo tombstone...the film after which noir could no longer be made, or at least could no longer be made in the same way... It is my belief, Hirsch writes, that neo-noir does exist and that noir is entitled to full generic status. Over the past forty years, since noir's often-claimed expiration, it has flourished under various labels. Among the
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Overview

"Detours and Lost Highways begins with the Orson Welles film, Touch of Evil (1958), which featured Welles both behind and in front of the camera. That movie is often cited as the end of the line, noir's rococo tombstone...the film after which noir could no longer be made, or at least could no longer be made in the same way... It is my belief, Hirsch writes, that neo-noir does exist and that noir is entitled to full generic status. Over the past forty years, since noir's often-claimed expiration, it has flourished under various labels. Among the movies he discusses as evidence: Chinatown (1974), Body Heat (1981), John Woo's Hong Kong blood-ballets (e.g., The Killer, 1989) and the pulpy oeuvre of Quentin Tarantino." -Washington Post Book World
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Captures the essence of noir films of the past 40 years, focusing on films that continue the themes and the look formulated in classic noir, films that have branched off from noir into new terrain, and films that combine traditional and new patterns with varying success. Guides readers from the roots of the genre through its emergence in sexually-charged thrillers, narratives of mischances, chronicles of killers, and black cinema. Includes about 100 b&w stills and posters, plus a filmography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879102883
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST LIMELI
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Mapping the Route 1
2 The Second Time Around 23
3 The French Connection 67
4 "The Boys in the Back Room" 109
5 The Quest: Errands into the Maze 145
6 The Wounds of Desire 179
7 Melodramas of Mischance 211
8 Born to Be Bad 253
9 Black Noir 289
10 Beyond Noir: The Roads to Ruin 307
Bibliography 325
Filmography 329
Illustrations 379
Index 383
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