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Noir, Now and Then: Film Noir Originals and Remakes (1944-1999)

Noir, Now and Then: Film Noir Originals and Remakes (1944-1999)

by Ronald Schwartz


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This examniation of the cinematic style of film noir originals and their neo-noir remakes compares thirty-five films, beginning with Billy Wilder's classic Double Indemnity and concluding with Jim McBride's Breathless. In-depth analysis of the films explain the qualities and characteristics of film noir, while providing critical readings of both the originals and the remakes. The most significant films since 1944 are reviewed and reveal the ever-changing values in American society. As this study reveals, the noir style significantly impacted American film and neo-noir remakes attest to its continued popularity in cinematic art.

This work will appeal to film scholars and to fans of film noir. Filmogrpahies and video information follow each chapter. Appendices briefly explain the roots of many noir films discussed in the text along with their subsequent remakes.

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ISBN-13: 9780313308932
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2001
Series: Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series , #72
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)

About the Author

RONALD SCHWARTZ is Professor of Romance Languages and Film at City University of New York. He is the author of six books on Spanish literature, Latin-American literature, Spanish cinema and Latin-American film.

Table of Contents


The Films

Double Indemnity 1944, 1973 (TV), and Body Heat 1981

Murder, My Sweet 1944 and Farewell, My Lovely 1975

Detour 1945 and Detour 1992

The Big Sleep 1945, 1946 and The Big Sleep 1978

Notorious 1946 and Notorious 1992 (TV)

The Postman Always Ring Twice 1946 and 1981

The Killers 1946 and The Killers 1964

Somewhere in the Night 1946 and The Crooked Way 1949

Body and Soul 1947, 1981 and 1998 (TV)

Dark Passage 1947 and Johnny Handsome 1987

Kiss Death 1947, The Fiend Who Walked the West 1958, and Kiss of Death 1995

Out of the Past 1947 and Against All Odds 1984

Ride the Pink Horse 1947 and The Hanged Man 1964 (TV)

The Big Clock 1948 and No Way Out 1987

They Live By Night 1948 and Thieves Like Us 1974

Criss Cross 1949 and The Underneath 1995

Gun Crazy 1949 and Guncrazy 1992

House of Strangers 1949 and Broken Lance 1954

The Asphalt Jungle 1950, Badlanders 1958, Cairo 1963, and Cool Breeze 1972

D.O.A. 1950, Color Me Dead 1969, and D.O.A. 1988

Night and the City 1950 and Night and the City 1992

No Man of Her Own 1950, I Married a Shadow 1982, While You Were Sleeping 1995, and Mrs. Winterbourne 1996

The Prowler 1951 and Unlawful Entry 1992

Narrow Margin 1952 and Narrow Margin 1990

The Blue Gardenia 1953 and The Morning After 1986

Inferno 1953 and Ordeal 1973 (TV)

I, The Jury 1953 and I, The Jury 1982

Rear Window 1954 and Rear Window 1998 (TV)

Les Diaboliques 1955, Reflections of Murder 1974 (TV), House of Secrets 1993 (TV) and Diabolique 1996

The Desperate Hours 1955 and Desperate Hours 1990

Night of the Junter 1955 and Night of the Hinter 1991 (TV)

A Kiss Before Dying 1956 and A Kiss Before Dying 1991

Ransom 1956 and Ransom 1996

Vertigo 1958 and Mirage 1995

A Bout de Souffle (Breathless) 1960 and Breathless 1983




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