Film Noir offers new perspectives on this highly popular and influential film genre, providing a useful overview of its historical evolution and the many critical debates over its stylistic elements. * Brings together a range of perspectives on a topic that has been much discussed but remains notoriously ill-defined * Traces the historical development of the genre, usefully exploring the relations between the films of the 1940s and 1950s that established the "noir" universe and the more recent films in which it has been frequently revived * Employs a clear and intelligent writing style that makes this the perfect introduction to the genre * Offers a thorough and engaging analysis of this popular area of film studies for students and scholars * Presents an in-depth analysis of six key films, each exemplifying important trends of film noir: Murder, My Sweet; Out of the Past; Kiss Me Deadly; The Long Goodbye; Chinatown; and Seven
William Luhr is Professor of English at St. Peter's College, Co-Chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation, and Standing Editor of the Oxford University Press Online Bibliography on Cinema and Media Studies. He is the editor of The Coen Brothers Fargo (2004) and The Maltese Falcon: John Huston, Director (1995) and the author of, amongst others, Screening Genders (with Krin Gabbard, 2008), Thinking About Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying, third edition (co-author with Peter Lehman, 2008) and Raymond Chandler and Film, second edition (1991).
List of Plates ix Acknowledgments xiii 1 Introduction 1 2 Historical Overview 20 3 Critical Overview 50 4 Murder, My Sweet 73 5 Out of the Past 100 6 Kiss Me Deadly 123 7 The Long Goodbye 146 8 Chinatown 171 9 Seven 191 Afterword 215 References 217 Further Reading 223 Index 225