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The Philosophy of Film Noir

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From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), the classic film noir is easily recognizable for its unusual lighting, sinister plots, and feeling of paranoia. For critics and fans alike, these films defined an era. The Philosophy of Film Noir explores philosophical themes and ideas inherent in classic noir and neo-noir films, establishing connections to diverse th ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by University Press of Kentucky (first published 2005)
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Steven
I'm working my way through a stack of books on film noir--theory and criticism--so by the time I'm done a good annotated bibliography will be in hand.

First up is The Philosophy of Film Noir which features thirteen essays by philosophers and film theorists. These essays are written in plain english rather than highly technical academic lingo, so three cheers for the clear expression of ideas.

The book consists of three sections: (1) The Elements and Essence of Noir (2) Existentialism and Nihilism
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I have been listening to this book as an audiobook for approximately four years. It is very academic and dry, and, yet, informative and illuminating. For me, the best part of this book has been to spark my interest in the movies mentioned. Because of this book, I have watched a number of movies that I would not otherwise have watched, and I have watched those movies looking for symbols and meanings and clues and sc
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Jan
Jun 26, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing
Presents as a compilation of views regarding the basic tenets behind the Film Noir movement. I never had considered these things very much, viewing the film interpretations as validation of the Hard Boiled Mysteries which I relish. These chapters shine a light on the darker corners of the post-war attitudes of screenwiters, directors, and other Hollywood visionaries of the time, as well as the How and Why of their choices of novels to memorialize. The concepts of neo-noir still escape me, even a ...more
Terri
Jul 17, 2015 Terri rated it it was amazing
I received this audio book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. Noir became a genre back in the 1940's. This book discusses the genre, how it started & how it blossomed. This books discusses different titles, what the movies are about, plot twists some characters named, others not. Many of out classics fall in the category Noir. Noir means darkness, sinister plots, dark themes, mysterious characters and unusual lighting and so on. Some of the most famous Noir names is Alfred Hitchco ...more
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Sep 28, 2015 Teressa rated it it was amazing

"The Philosophy of Film Noir and Pop Culture"

I absolutely loved this audiobook and that would likely be because I love film noir. This was a wonderful overview and look at how it became popular. This is a gem for any movie buff who enjoys the genre. Even if film noir isn't someone's favorite genre, I think the philosophy itself is interesting in every way. Definitely recommended.

Jack Chekijian narrates this audiobook with style and it goes well with the book. He makes this a winning combinati
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It was great fun watching old black-and-white movies from the Noir era, to fully appreciate this book!
Aside from that, it was a good way to get into 'the American mind', if there is such a thing, at a moment in time that was, well let's say, interesting.
Thought provoking ideas included the case of Phineas Gage, thriumphalist despair, America as a wasteland, among others, and of course Eco's metaphor of worldviews in the form of different kinds of labyrinths.
And of course, this book on classic
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Mark T. Conard earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Temple University in Philadelphia, and is now Associate Professor of Philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. He listens to jazz, plays in a blues band, and is known to drink bourbon. He in fact does have a friend, believe it or not, and his favorite invaders of Rome are the Visigoths. In addition, he’s fond of loud, piercing no ...more
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