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Film Noir

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Film Noir "offers new perspectives on this highly popular and influential film genre, providing a useful overview of its historical evolution and the many critical debates over its stylistic elements.Brings together a range of perspectives on a topic that has been much discussed but remains notoriously ill-definedTraces the historical development of the genre, usefully exp ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 4th 2012)
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I read this on my computer! So it must've been pretty alright, because that is not the way that I enjoy reading books.

Ugh, the future is horrible. I should've lived in the forties, when men were men, women were bad, and books were made out of paper.
Carl Rollyson
This is THE BOOK to read on film noir. In 200 pages Luhr manages to provide succinct analysis of films such as DOUBLE INDEMNITY but also an overview of how the the genre has developed and how critics and reviewers have developed their discourse about the genre depending on the period in which they are writing. This is one of the most lucid books of film criticism I have ever read. For a little more about Luhr, see my blog:
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