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Mean Streets and Raging Bulls: The Legacy of Film Noir in Contemporary American Cinema [NOOK Book]

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Classic film noir was Hollywood's 'dark cinema' of crime and corruption; a genre underpinned by a tone of existential cynicism which stripped bare the myth of the American Dream and offered a bleak, nightmarish vision of a fragmented society that rhymed with many of the social realities of forties and fifties America. Mean Streets and Raging Bulls explores how, since its apparent demise in the late fifties, the noir genre has been revitalized during the post-studio era. The book is divided into two sections. In ...
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Mean Streets and Raging Bulls: The Legacy of Film Noir in Contemporary American Cinema

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Overview

Classic film noir was Hollywood's 'dark cinema' of crime and corruption; a genre underpinned by a tone of existential cynicism which stripped bare the myth of the American Dream and offered a bleak, nightmarish vision of a fragmented society that rhymed with many of the social realities of forties and fifties America. Mean Streets and Raging Bulls explores how, since its apparent demise in the late fifties, the noir genre has been revitalized during the post-studio era. The book is divided into two sections. In the first, the evolution of film noir is contextualized in relation to both American cinema's industrial transformation and the post-Depression history of the United States. In the second, the evolution of neo-noir and its relation to classic film noir is illustrated by detailed reference to representative texts including Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974), Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975), Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976), Blood Simple (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1984), After Hours (Martin Scorsese, 1985), Sea of Love (Harold Becker, 1989), Resevoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992), and Romeo is Bleeding (Peter Medak, 1994).
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Editorial Reviews

Rapport
...a provocative analysis, and Martin makes an important contribution to our understanding of film noir and the movies..
Sight And Sound
Martin's book is admirably thorough and readable, offering a prŽcis of the dual background—industrial imperatives, stylistic influences—to modern-day noir..
Booknews
Martin begins by discussing the evolution of film noir, and its metamorphosis into the neo-noir of the post-sixties, in terms of studio policy and American political history. He then illustrates the relation of neo-noir to classic noir with detailed discussion of nine films from the 1970s through the 1990s. The influence of the work of Martin Scorsese on the evolution of neo-noir receives particular attention. He concludes that film noir has endured because it speaks of the essentially fragmented and unstable nature of American society. Includes a select filmography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Booknews
Rather than dying out as a genre in the late fifties, the author argues that continued to manifest its values in American films of the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Martin, a former film studies professor, first defines what classic reflected about American society of its time, and then shows how those meanings were adapted by later filmmakers to explore the anxieties of a different era. Among the films discussed are , , , and . Martin's focus is mostly on his interpretation of the films' sociological meaning; he gives unfortunately short shrift to what makes these films , such as plot and aesthetics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sight & Sound
Martin's book is admirably thorough and readable, offering a précis of the dual background—industrial imperatives, stylistic influences—to modern-day noir.
Rapport
...a provocative analysis, and Martin makes an important contribution to our understanding of film noir and the movies.
Choice
...offers an astute reading of contemporary noir...recommended for all libraries and all readers.
Sight and Sound
Martin's book is admirably thorough and readable, offering a précis of the dual background—industrial imperatives, stylistic influences—to modern-day noir.
CHOICE
...offers an astute reading of contemporary noir...recommended for all libraries and all readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780585080956
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Martin (Ph.D., Film Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne) is a freelance writer and editor.
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