A Panorama of American Film Noir (1941-1953)

A Panorama of American Film Noir (1941-1953)

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by Raymond Borde, Etienne Chaumeton
     
 

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When it appeared in France in 1955, A Panorama of American Film Noir was the first book ever on the genre. Now this classic is at last available in English translation. This clairvoyant study of Hollywood film noir is "a ‘benchmark’ for all later work on the topic" (James Naremore). A Panorama of American Film Noir addresses the essential

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When it appeared in France in 1955, A Panorama of American Film Noir was the first book ever on the genre. Now this classic is at last available in English translation. This clairvoyant study of Hollywood film noir is "a ‘benchmark’ for all later work on the topic" (James Naremore). A Panorama of American Film Noir addresses the essential amorality of its subject from a decidedly Surrealist angle, focusing on noir’s dreamlike, unwonted, erotic, ambivalent, and cruel atmosphere, and setting it in the social context of mid-century America.

Raymond Borde (b. 1920), founder of the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, has written extensively on film history.

Etienne Chaumeton was the film critic of the Toulouse newspaper La Dépêche until his recent death.

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Incredibly, this is the first English translation of the very influential 1955 French book that initially identified, described and assessed the Hollywood movies that we now term film noir . . . a seminal work of cinema description and analysis and therefore an essential purchase for most libraries.
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Incredibly, this is the first English translation of the very influential 1955 French book that initially identified, described, and assessed the Hollywood movies that we now term film noir-or dark cinema-films in which the "final stake is death." With terse, catching turns of phrase (e.g., "inevitably doomed this experiment to semifailure," regarding 1946's Lady in the Lake), esteemed film critics Borde and Chaumeton extract the essence of many film noirs and discuss the genre's influences on other film types. Included are a chapter on French film noirs, the authors' 1979 film Postface, and, in addition to a filmography, a chronological list of important titles within categories (e.g., "Film Noirs," "Criminal Psychology," "Crime Films in Period Costume," "Gangsters," "Police Documentaries," and "Social Tendencies"). Like such studies as Kevin Brownlow's The Parade's Gone By, David Pirie's A Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema, 1946-1972, and Ethan Mordden's Medium Cool: The Movies of the 1960s, this is a seminal work of cinema description and analysis and therefore an essential purchase for most libraries.-Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, PA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780872864122
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
630,921
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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A Panorama of American Film Noir (1941-1953) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Fantastic primer on Noir film. Very readable, very enjoyable. Once you read it you will be hooked and will irritate your public library and video stores trying to track down all those dark noir flicks.