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Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia

Wheeler Winston Dixon


This book provides an overview of twentieth- and twenty-first-century noir and fatalist film practice from 1945 onwards. It demonstrates the ways in which American cinema has inculcated a climate of fear in our daily lives, as reinforced, starting in the 1950s, by television, and later video cassettes, and the Internet, to create, by the early twenty-first century a hypersurveillant atmosphere in which no one can avoid the barrage of images that continually assault our senses. The book begins with the return of American soldiers from World War II, ‘liberated’ from war in the Pacific by the new ... More

Keywords: cinema, atomic bomb, Red Scare, noir, neo-noir, fatalist film practice, climate of fear, television, video cassettes, Internet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623990
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wheeler Winston Dixon, author