A Panorama of American Film Noir (1941-1953)
When it appeared in France in 1955, A Panorama of American Film Noir was the first book ever on the genre. Now this classic is at last available in English translation. This clairvoyant study of Hollywood film noir is "a 'benchmark' for all later work on the topic" (James Naremore). A Panorama of American Film Noir addresses the essential amorality of its subject from a decidedly Surrealist angle, focusing on noir's dreamlike, unwonted, erotic, ambivalent, and cruel atmosphere, and setting it in the social context of mid-century America.
Raymond Borde (b. 1920), founder of the Cinematheque de Toulouse, has written extensively on film history.
Etienne Chaumeton was the film critic of the Toulouse newspaper La Depeche until his recent death.
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Incredibly, this is the first English translation of the very influential 1955 French book that initially identified, described, and assessed the Hollywood movies that we now term film noir-or dark ... Read full review
Toward a definition of film noir
The sources of film noir
The war years and the formation of a style
The glory days 19461948
Decadence and transformation 19491950
The demise of a series 19511953
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