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The Philosophy of Neo-Noir

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Film noir is a classic genre characterized by visual elements such as tilted camera angles, skewed scene compositions, and an interplay between darkness and light. Common motifs include crime and punishment, the upheaval of traditional moral values, and a pessimistic stance on the meaning of life and on the place of humankind in the universe. Spanning the 1940s and 1950s, ...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by University Press of Kentucky (first published January 5th 2006)
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Jay Clifton
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

The rich possibilities for describing difficult philosophical ideas through interplay and comparison with the narratives of a film genre are fully realised in this excellent collection of 13 essays, all written by academics, mostly either professors or assistant professors of Philosophy from various American universities.

The credentials of the contributors, outlined in the Contributors pages, are impressive, but more impressive are the effort they have made to be understandable outside of academ
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Memento, Blade Runner, Chinatown, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Point Blank, A Simple Plan, Hard Eight, Miami Vice, and several films by the Coen brothers receive in depth analyses as the style and themes of neo-noir are developed along with such philosophy themes as subjectivity, personal identity, knowledge, justice guilt, and redemption. Thirteen essays that move the ball from noir to neo-noir with plenty of meat whether your perspective is film theory, philosophy, or cultural studies. Includ ...more
Noah Lustgarten
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you want to learn what neo-noir is all about, read this book. One of the most educational books about film and philosophy ever crafted!
Jake Brooks
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked the volume on classic film noir better and think there were probably a lot more films that could have been written about but hey I'm no philosopher. Enjoyable (if very academic) reading.
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For a true cinephile, this book makes fascinating reading, as long as you don’t mind plowing through a bit of professorial language.

The essays are broken down into three parts: Subjectivity, Knowledge, And Human Nature in Neo-Noir; Justice, Guilt and Redemption: Morality In Neo-Noir; and Elements Of Neo-Noir. Among the best of the bunch are the essays on Blade Runner, Memento, and the neo-noir antihero in Part One. They set the stage for what’s to come in the following parts.

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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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