Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City

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Wallflower Press, 2005 - Fiction - 144 pages
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Film Noir explores the murky world of a genre responsible for many of film's most enduring images. Mark Bould discusses problems of definition and the often ambiguous nature of film noir and looks at modern films that could be called neo-noir. Iconic and enduring, film noir attracted great stars (Bogart, Bacall, Mitchum, Lancaster), many of the best directors of the era (Wilder, Lang, Preminger, Hawks, Siodmak, Welles) and this book is an indispensible guide to this popular genre.

  

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Contents

the setup fabricating film noir
13
out of the past the prehistory of film noir
24
Dark passage the main cycle of film noir
50
against all odds neonoir
92
kiss tomorrow goodbye
108
filmography
116
bibliography
129
index of names
139
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Mark Bould is senior lecturer in film studies at the University of the West of England.

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