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Toward a definition of the American film noir (1941-1949)

Amir Massoud Karimi

Toward a definition of the American film noir (1941-1949)

by Amir Massoud Karimi

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Published by Arno Press in New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States
    • Subjects:
    • Film noir -- United States -- History and criticism,
    • Realism in motion pictures

    • Edition Notes

      StatementA. M. Karimi.
      SeriesDissertations on film series
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsPN1993.5.U6 K37 1976
      The Physical Object
      Pagination255 p. ;
      Number of Pages255
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL5198565M
      ISBN 100405075340
      LC Control Number75021431

      Film noir is 1. A French term meaning "black film," or film of the night, inspired by the Series Noir, a line of cheap paperbacks that translated hard-boiled American crime authors and found a popular audience in France. 2. A movie which at no time misleads you into thinking there is . When it appeared in France in , A Panorama of American Film Noir was the first book ever on the genre: this clairvoyant study of Hollywood film noir is at last available in English translation.A Panorama of American Film Noir addresses the essential amorality of its subject from a decidedly Surrealist angle, focusing on noir's dreamlike, unwonted, erotic, ambivalent and cruel atmosphere.

        This bountiful anthology combines all the key early writings on film noir with many newer essays, including some published here for the first time. The collection is assembled by the editors of the Third Edition of Film Noir: An Enclyclopedic Reference to the American Style, now regarded as the standard work on the subject.4/5(15). It consists of a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography, and more than cross-referenced dictionary entries on every aspect of film noir and neo-noir, including key film personnel (actors, cinematographers, composers, directors, producers, set designers, and writers), themes, issues, influences, visual style, cycles of films (e.g., amnesiac noirs), the representation of city and gender, .

      P urists will argue that film noir was born in with the release of John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon and died in with Marlene Dietrich traipsing down a long, dark, lonely road at the end of Orson Welles’s Touch of while this period contains the quintessence of what Italian-born French film critic Nino Frank originally characterized as film noir, the genre has always been. Chapter 2, "Toward a definition of film noir," is essential reading for any researcher looking for an early critique of the genre. Includes a filmography. Titles and personalities of film noir are indexed. Sliver, Alain & James Ursini, ed. Film Noir Reader. New York: .


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Toward a definition of the American film noir (1941-1949) by Amir Massoud Karimi Download PDF EPUB FB2

Towards Definition of Film Noir includes mild-mannered hit men (Alan Ladd in Thus Gun for Hire), indiscrirninate brutes (William Bendix). and the clear-eyed menacing organizers (Everett Sloane in The Enforcer) It also includes the twisted, corpulent killers.

sweating in fear, hu- miliated by their cronies, Who suddenly boil over (Laird Crew and Raymond Burr). Towards a Definition of Film Noir. The first book that focused on film noir is Panorama du Film Noir Americain by Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton.

Of course, I haven’t read the whole book, because I don’t know French, but I have read the except “Towards a Definition of Film Noir” published in the Film Noir Reader.

Download PDF: Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s): (external link).

Toward a definition of film noir. By Louis B. Parks on Septem at PM. You can look it up in Webster or Wikipedia or in dozens of film noir books and get seemingly infinite.

Film noir refers to cinematic works based on novels of both the hardboiled and noir traditions, exhibiting realism and postwar disillusionment as influenced by German Expressionism.

James M. Cain is regarded as an American pioneer of the hardboiled and noir genres. A Panorama of American Film Noir addresses the essential amorality of its subject from a decidedly Surrealist angle, focusing on noir's dreamlike, unwonted, erotic, ambivalent, and cruel atmosphere, and setting it in the social context of mid-century America.

film history, these questions seem particularly apt. As a start toward answering them, the following pages offer a commentary on early writings about noir. In- stead of looking for the essential features of a group of films, I shall try to explain a paradox: film noir is both an important cinematic legacy and an idea we have.

film history, these questions seem particularly apt. As a start toward answering them, the following pages offer a commentary on early writings about noir.

In- stead of looking for the essential features of a group of films, I shall try to explain a paradox: film noir is both an important cinematic legacy and an idea we have projected onto the.

Film Noir: The Encyclopedia. A handsome, arm-straining book which has massive, ambitious coverage. This is an A-Z encyclopedia and is probably the most useful in terms of tracking down more obscure items. This is a book that is very up to date with lots of modern films noirs.

Film noir, (French: “dark film”) style of filmmaking characterized by such elements as cynical heroes, stark lighting effects, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and an underlying existentialist philosophy.

The genre was prevalent mostly in American crime dramas of the post- World War II era. Toward a definition of the American film noir (). New York: Arno Press,© (OCoLC) Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: Amir Massoud Karimi. Film noir (/ n w ɑːr /; French:) is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual s and s are generally regarded as the "classic period" of American film noir of this era is associated with a low-key, black-and-white visual style that has roots in German.

The phrase film noir appears to have begun as a metaphor in French film criticism. The term noir was already available as a label for certain kinds of novels, and was later applied to five American films (shown in Paris in ) which appeared to share some of the characteristics of those romans noirs.

He has published widely on all these topics, including Typical Men () and Sydney Box (), and three volumes on film noir: Film Noir (), European Film Noir (), and the Historical Dictionary of Film Noir ().

He is currently co-editing a volume about film producers, and writing a study of Sean Connery. Film noir is a term coined by postwar French film critics to describe an area of Hollywood film-making that they particularly relished.

Concentrated in the ten years following World War II and characterized above all by its atmosphere and its urban settings, film noir gave a broadly pessimistic treatment to melodrama and to crime s: 2. Frank used the term to describe lower-budget "dark film" crime dramas released by Hollywood studios.

While the "gangster film" had existed since at least D.W. Griffith's short The Musketeers of Pig Alley, the specific style and presentation of film noir was noir emerged from the popularity of American hard-boiled crime fiction novels—low-cost, entertaining paperbacks.

Book Description: Explores the development of film noir as a cultural and artistic phenomenon. This book traces the development of what we know as film noir from the proto-noir elements of Feuillade's silent French crime series and German Expressionism to the genre's mid-twentieth century popularization and influence on contemporary global media.

Film noir―literally "black cinema"―is the label customarily given to a group of black and white American films, mostly crime thrillers, made between and Today there is considerable dispute about what are the shared features that classify a noir film, and therefore which films should be included in this s: 2.

"Toward the Definition of Film Noir," excerpt from Panorama du film noir american (Paris: Editions de Minuit, ),translated by R. Barton Palmer, in Perspectives on Film Noir. My 25 personal favorite film noir movies of all time Honorable Mentions: The Killing () - Stanley Kubrick Kiss Me Deadly () - Robert Aldrich Drunken Angel () - Akira Kurosawa The Big Sleep () - Howard Hawks Shadow Of A Doubt () - Alfred Hitchcock The Letter () - William Wyler I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang () - Mervyn LeRoy Related: The 25 Best Neo-Noir Movies of.

Film noir is a popular genre of the post-war era (and later saw a resurgence in the ’70s and ’90s) that examined the corrupt immorality within America’s hallowed institutions. The term was originally used in France after WWII, to describe American thriller or detective films in the s and 50s.

Though, Hollywood’s film noir stretches back to the s. Film noir literally translates to “black cinema” and French critics used it to describe Hollywood movies that were saturated with darkness and pessimism not.

David Joy’s latest, like the rest of his growing oeuvre, embodies the simplest and most evocative definition of noir: “Starts bad, gets worse.” In The Line That Held Us, a man accidentally shoots the scion of a notoriously vengeful family while trespassing on their land, for one of the brutal, beautiful, and devastating releases of the year.