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Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia$
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623990

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623990.001.0001

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The Dream of Return

The Dream of Return

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(p.9) Chapter 1 The Dream of Return
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Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623990.003.0002

What happened when the men came home from war? They returned to a world transformed into an alien landscape, something they didn't understand and didn't recognise as home, a place full of new and strange social customs, in which the fabric of prewar society had been torn asunder by massive social, economic, and political change. And a new kind of film was waiting for them, as well; the film noir, or ‘black film,’ which documented better than anything else the realities of this new social order. Boris Ingster's Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) is often cited as one of the first unadulterated film noirs. H. Bruce Humberstone's I Wake Up Screaming (1941) is another tale of big-city dreams shattered by the realities of daily existence. Other post-war film noirs include Edgar G. Ulmer's legendary film Detour (1945), Tay Garnett's The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) and Michael Curtiz's Mildred Pierce (1945).

Keywords:   Boris Ingster, Stranger on the Third Floor, film noir, H. Bruce Humberstone, I Wake Up Screaming, Edgar G. Ulmer, Detour, Tay Garnett, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce

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