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More than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts

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"Film noir" evokes memories of stylish, cynical, black-&-white movies from the 40s & 50s--melodramas about private eyes, femmes fatales, criminal gangs & lovers on the run. More Than Night discusses such pictures. It also shows that the central term is more complex & paradoxical than realized. Film noir refers both to an important cinematic legacy & to ...more
Paperback, 1st , 359 pages
Published October 16th 1998 by University of California Press (Berkeley/LA/London)
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Jay Amari
Jan 02, 2014 Jay Amari rated it it was amazing
More than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts by James Naremore is easily one of the most comprehensive books of its kind. Structuring his examination of film noir on the definition of the term leads him to look at a variety of films and how they can fall under the category, thus providing the reader with a host of films that demand revaluation.

Naremore approaches the inspection of film noir like a detective - he doesn't know precisely what Film Noir is, but he does know of the many visual and them
Sep 10, 2011 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
James Naremore’s More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts is one of the best books about film that I’ve read. Naremore explores not just the style of noir but also its political implications. He also offers an unusual perceptive insights on neo-noirs, and why some of the early neo-noirs, like Polanski’s Chinatown, were so good, while some of the later ones, like L. A. Confidential, were so bad (although he does have a very high opinion of David Lynch’s Lost Highway, one of my favourite films). ...more
Apr 01, 2012 James marked it as to-read
Shelves: film, public-library
Gonna try and take it reeeeeeeeeal slow while watching as many unseen films as possible along the way. Top 15 Noir, for fun, one per director:

1 The Chase (Arthur Ripley, 1946)
2 Raw Deal (Anthony Mann, 1948)
3 Tomorrow is Another Day (Felix E. Feist, 1951)
4 The Bribe (Robert Z. Leonard, 1949)
5 M (Joseph Losey, 1951)
6 Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
7 Crime Wave (Andre de Toth, 1954)
8 Strange Illusion (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)
9 Act of Violence (Fred Zinnemann, 1948)
10 Too Late for Tear
Apr 14, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film-noir-theory
In his introduction Naremore writes that "film noir has become one of the dominant intellectual categories of the late twentieth century operating across the entire cultural arena of art, popular memory, and criticism." He also notes that "noirness" is pervasive and has taken on something approaching mythology, and certainly one of his missions is to overturn thinly researched mythologizing and replaced it with rigorous critical analysis. With this book Naremore solidly establishes the actual co ...more
Cristian Planas
Jan 20, 2013 Cristian Planas rated it really liked it
More than night it's an extraordinarily rich in most of its parts. Each episode is an independent unity, a look on noir cinema from a different point of view (or as the subtitle of the book says, a different context). Maybe because of this, the book is slightly irregular: the last chapters fall a bit in the review & listology that it's the worse flaw of movie critics nowadays. Anyway, the three first chapters are writing on movies at its best: specially the third, entitle "From Dark Films to ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Andrewh rated it really liked it
Prof. Naremore's book has that rare combination of great scholarly erudition allied to an accessible and lucid writing style - it makes for a superb read, a veritable tour de horizon of the subject, and an unmissible book for anyone mildly interested in the most contested and beloved of all film genres. To paraphrase Raymond Chandler, the quality of his writing is about as conspicuous as a tarantula on an angel cake.
Rebecca Martin
Mar 17, 2014 Rebecca Martin rated it it was amazing
An incredibly informative book that is actually written to be understood. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
Mar 24, 2007 Mickey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: film noir lovers
Great commentary on vintage noir like Double Indemnity and The Third Man as well as "neo noirs" such as Chinatown, Devil in A Blue Dress and Pulp Fiction.
Jan 10, 2016 Ji rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
A book on film noir - a topic that used to intrigue me. Adding this book since I've added a new shelf called "movies".
Tom Newth
Nov 22, 2011 Tom Newth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to imagine a better take on the subject, and highly readable. James Naremore rules (see: his Welles book)
Apr 07, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
Read intro and first chapter. An informative and interesting survey of noir.
Oct 10, 2007 StickyBuns rated it it was amazing
Had this guy as a professor and he is THE BOMB!
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