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Women in Film Noir

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Published in 1978, the first edition of this text assembled scholars and critics committed to understanding the cinema in terms of gender, sexuality, politics, psychoanalysis and semiotics. This edition is expanded to include essays which explore "neo-noir", postmodernism and other trends.
Paperback, 238 pages
Published October 27th 1998 by British Film Institute (first published January 1st 1978)
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This is one of my wife's books from a course she took in the 80s (so an earlier edition). The essays in it are sometimes academic & stuffy - 'What my analysis attempts to describe is the ideological effect of the structural interaction between the two apparently contradictory film making traditions..' - ugh! - and sometimes are interesting - the one on the absence of family in film noir I found quite interesting. So three stars for the text. What gives it the extra star are the wonderful sti ...more
Okay, so I skipped the last few essays because they are not relevant for my research. Well, there is this disappointing paper on "Double Indemnity" using psychoanalysis (meh) but other than that the texts were very helpful. Plus, there is a short essay on queers in film noir which is really rare.
Nancy Davidson
I wanted to love this book but its a mix of interesting and density. This is well researched but reads a bit too academic. Noir film was so great because it illuminated raw feelings and beliefs but analyzing it by isms can make the journey leaden. A good exploration of Women in film noir just wish the tires had more air for the ride.
Surface level introduction, but quite interesting and good writing.
Life is too short for me to spend time reading late 1970s feminist takes on Film Noir; the level of deconstruction and jargon was too much for me.
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