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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 Flip Side of the 1960s

The Flip Side of the 1960s

(p.91) Chapter 4 The Flip Side of the 1960s
Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia

Wheeler Winston Dixon

Edinburgh University Press

Peter Collinson's The Penthouse (1967), a key British noir film of the 1960s, followed in the tradition of Joseph Losey's more restrained dramas of claustrophobic domesticity gone horribly wrong in The Servant (1963) and Accident (1967). London in the early 1960s was typically depicted as a zone of carefree abandon in such films as Richard Lester's Help! (1965), A Hard Day's Night (1964), and his sex comedy The Knack...and How to Get It (1965). But beneath the gloss and the electricity of the era, an undercurrent was readily detectable. Pop stardom proved to be utterly transient, and as drugs and disillusion set in, the mood became more somber. Perhaps the most nihilist film of the 1960s British new wave is Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup. No consideration of film noir in the 1960s would be complete without a few thoughts on Hammer Films, most famous for their color gothic horror films, many directed by Terence Fisher.

Keywords:   Peter Collinson, The Penthouse, film noir, Joseph Losey, claustrophobic domesticity, The Servant, London, Blowup, Hammer Films, Terence Fisher

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