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General Books on Film Noir
Voices in the Dark by
Publication Date: 1988-12-01
. Spurred by postwar disillusionment, cold war anxieties, and changing social circumstances, these films revealed the dark side of American life and , in doing so, created unique narrative structures in order to speak of that darkness.
Street with No Name by
Publication Date: 2002-06-07
Andrew Dickos's Street with No Name traces the film noir genre back to its roots in German Expressionist cinema and the French cinema of the interwar years. Dickos describes the development of the film noir in America from 1941 through the 1970s and examines how this development expresses a modern cinema.
Film Noir by
Publication Date: 2002-05-31
Explores cinematic and technical aspects of film noir.
Film Noir Style by
Publication Date: 2021-01-12
Explores twenty definitive film noir titles from 1941 to 1950 and traces the evolution of popular fashion in the decade of the 1940s, the impact of World War II on home-front fashion, and the influence of the film noir genre on popular fashion.
Fatalism in American Film Noir by
Publication Date: 2012-02-29
Like tragic figures, the heroes of noir are, or seem, doomed from the start. Pippin (philosophy, Univ. of Chicago) calls into question this accepted view through analyses of three films: Out of the Past, Lady from Shanghai, and Scarlet Street. The author demonstrates that, far from affirming fatalism, many noir films problematize the view that modern life is lived under the sign of doom.
Masculinity in Film Noir
Bad Boys by
Publication Date: 2003-08-29
The private and public lives of over ninety actors who starred in the films noirs of the 1940s and 1950s are presented here.
In a Lonely Street by
Publication Date: 1991-08-22
The core of this book however concerns the complex representation of masculinity in the noir tough' thriller, and where and how gender interlocks with questions of genre.
Fred MacMurrray in Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder : 1944 USA)
Femmes Fatales in Film Noir
Fast-Talking Dames by
Publication Date: 2001-04-10
Although not specifically about film noir, DiBattista explores new innovations in the English language in the films of the 1940-50s, particularly focusing on female characters
Women in Film Noir by
Publication Date: 1998-10-27
Collection of feminist essays about film noir.
Dark City Dames by
Publication Date: 2001-06-01
This book profiles six actresses--Jane Greer, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Savage, Coleen Gray, Audrey Totter, and Marie Windsor--who starred in many of the classic film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s. The author combines interviews with his subjects and an astute analysis of the social, political, and economic pressures of Hollywood and the film industry
Marlene Dietrich as Tanya in “Touch of Evil” (Orson Wells : 1958 USA)