Street With No Name

Street With No Name

A History of the Classic American Film Noir

eBook - 2002
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title Flourishing in the United States during the 1940s and 50s, the bleak, violent genre of filmmaking known as film noir reflected the attitudes of writers and auteur directors influenced by the events of the turbulent mid-twentieth century. Films such as Force of Evil, Night and the City, Double Indemnity, Laura, The Big Heat, The Killers, Kiss Me Deadly and, more recently, Chinatown and The Grifters are indelibly American. Yet the sources of this genre were found in Germany and France and imported to Hollywood by emigré filmmakers, who developed them and.
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2002.
ISBN: 9780813137490
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (xvi, 307 pages) : illustrations


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Jun 07, 2016

In the USA, during the turbulence of the 1940's and 50's, there flourished in cinema a bleak and violent genre of film-making known as "Film Noir".

Through stylized lighting and urban settings, these particular films told a melodramatic tale that frequently involved offbeat characters who committed violent crimes that often led to their own inevitable demise.

In "Street With No Name" author Andrew Dickos traces the Film Noir genre all the way back to its roots in German Expressionistic cinema and the French cinema of the interwar years.

"Street With No Name" is unlike other studies of Film Noir in that it follows the development of the genre in a loosely historical style.

Focusing in on such notable directors as Nicholas Ray, Anthony Mann and Robert Siodmak (to name but a few), "Street With No Name" clearly demonstrates how the Film Noir genre generates a highly expressive, raw and violent mood as it exposes the ambiguities of a modern-day, postwar society.

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