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Nightmare Alley Film Noir and the American Dream

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ISBN-10: 1421413884

ISBN-13: 9781421413884

Edition: 2013

Authors: Mark Osteen

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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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/24/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English