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Film Noir

Homer B. Pettey and R. Barton Palmer


This volume reveals film noir'srelationship to 19th century and 20th century literary movements, as well as to early European and American cinematic experiments and modernist artistic movements, particularly the French serials of Feuillade and German Expressionism. It traces the development of both the genre and style of noir from the Second World War and through the Cold War. The hard-boiled pulps of Hammett, Chandler, and Cain were adapted into a visual cinematic style that became American film noir during the first years of Hollywood production. The noir debate shifted from formalist to ... More

Keywords: Film Noir, Expressionism, Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Cold War, Gender, Jazz, Race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748691074
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Homer B. Pettey, editor
University of Arizona

R. Barton Palmer, editor
Clemson University