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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This first book published on film noir established the genre--a classic, at last in translation.See more details below

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This first book published on film noir established the genre--a classic, at last in translation.

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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
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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