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The Philosophy of Film Noir

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A drifter with no name and no past, driven purely by desire, is convinced by a beautiful woman to murder her husband. A hard-drinking detective down on his luck becomes involved with a gang of criminals in pursuit of a priceless artifact. The stories are at once romantic, pessimistic, filled with anxiety and a sense of alienation, and they define the essence of film noir. ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by University Press of Kentucky (first published 2005)
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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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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. In addition to writing fiction, he’s the co-editor of The Simpsons and Philosophy (2001), and Woody Allen and Philosophy (2004), both published by Open Court Press; and is editor of The Philosophy of Film Noir (2006), Th ...more
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