More than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts

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University of California Press, Jan 14, 2008 - Performing Arts - 408 pages
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"Film noir" evokes memories of stylish, cynical, black-and-white movies from the 1940s and '50s—melodramas about private eyes, femmes fatales, criminal gangs, and lovers on the run. James Naremore's prize-winning book discusses these pictures, but also shows that the central term is more complex and paradoxical than we realize. It treats noir as a term in criticism, as an expression of artistic modernism, as a symptom of Hollywood censorship and politics, as a market strategy, as an evolving style, and as an idea that circulates through all the media. This new and expanded edition of More Than Night contains an additional chapter on film noir in the twenty-first century.
 

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Excellent, but he includes films I don't consider noir, although they are dark Read full review

Contents

1 THE HISTORY OF AN IDEA
9
THREE CASE STUDIES
40
CENSORSHIP AND POLITICS
96
BUDGETS AND CRITICAL DISCRIMINATION
136
STYLES OF NOIR
167
6 THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET
220
7 THE NOIR MEDIASCAPE
254
8 NOIR IN THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY
278
NOTES
311
BIBLIOGRAPHY
343
INDEX
355
Film and Broadcast Index
379
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James Naremore is Emeritus Chancellors' Professor of Communication and Culture, English, and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. His books include Acting in the Cinema, The Magic World of Orson Welles, The Films of Vincente Minnelli, and On Kubrick.

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