Historical Dictionary of Film Noir (Historical Dictionaries by Andrew Spicer

By Andrew Spicer

movie noir_literally 'black cinema'_is the label mostly given to a gaggle of black and white American movies, typically crime thrillers, made among 1940 and 1959. this present day there's significant dispute approximately what are the shared gains that classify a noir movie, and consequently which motion pictures might be incorporated during this classification. those difficulties are partially brought on simply because movie noir is a retrospective label that was once now not utilized in the Nineteen Forties or Nineteen Fifties by means of the movie as a construction classification and accordingly its life and lines can't be tested via connection with exchange files. The ancient Dictionary of movie Noir is a accomplished consultant that levels from 1940 to provide day neo-noir. It involves a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography, and over four hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on each point of movie noir and neo-noir, together with key motion pictures, team of workers (actors, cinematographers, composers, administrators, manufacturers, set designers, and writers), subject matters, matters, impacts, visible kind, cycles of movies (e.g. amnesiac noirs), the illustration of town and gender, different kinds (comics/graphic novels, tv, and videogames), and noir's presence in international cinema. it truly is a necessary reference paintings for all these attracted to this crucial cultural phenomenon.

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