Nightmare Alley Film Noir and the American Dream
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Desperate young lovers on the lam ( They Live by Night), a cynical con man making a fortune as a mentalist ( Nightmare Alley), a penniless pregnant girl mistaken for a wealthy heiress ( No Man of Her Own), a wounded veteran who has forgotten his own name ( Somewhere in the Night)—this gallery of film noir characters challenges the stereotypes of the wise-cracking detective and the alluring femme fatale. Despite their differences, they all have something in common: a belief in self-reinvention. Nightmare Alley is a thorough examination of how film noir disputes this notion at the heart of the American Dream.Central to many of these films, Mark Osteen argues, is the story of an individual…
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/24/2014
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall