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Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the Underside of American Urban Life
Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the Underside of American Urban Life (Hardback)
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Acclaimed novelist and poet Nicholas Christopher explores the cultural identity of film noir in a seamless, elegant, and enchanting work of literary prose. Examining virtually the entire catalogue of film noir, Christopher identifies the central motif as the urban labyrinth, a place infested with psychosis, anxiety, and existential dread in which the noir hero embarks on a dangerously illuminating quest. With acute sensitivity, he shows how technical devices such as lighting, voice over, and editing tempo are deployed to create the film noir world. Somewhere in the Night guides us through the architecture of this imaginary world, be it shot in New York or Los Angeles, relating its elements to the ancient cultural archetypes that prefigure it. Finally, Christopher builds an explanation of why film noir not only lives on but is currently enjoying a renaissance.

Film, TV & Drama >> Films, cinema >> Film theory & criticismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social Sciences >> Cultural Studies Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication Date: 06/10/1997 ISBN-13: 9780684828039  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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