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Somewhere in the Night Film Noir and the American City

ISBN-10: 1593760973

ISBN-13: 9781593760977

Edition: 2006

Authors: Nicholas Christopher

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Description:

Acclaimed novelist and poet Nicholas Christopher explores the cultural identity of film noir in a seamless, elegant, and enchanting work of literary prose. Examining virtually the entire catalogue of film noir, Christopher identifies the central motif as the urban labyrinth, a place infested with psychosis, anxiety, and existential dread in which the noir hero embarks on a dangerously illuminating quest. With acute sensitivity, he shows how technical devices such as lighting, voice over, and editing tempo are deployed to create the film noir world. Somewhere in the Night guides us through the architecture of this imaginary world, be it shot in New York or Los Angeles, relating its elements to the ancient cultural archetypes that prefigure it. Finally, Christopher builds an explanation of why film noir not only lives on but is currently enjoying a renaissance.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 5/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Into the Labyrinth
Night and the City
Postcards from the Ruins: Some Americans Abroad
Office Buildings and Casinos
Grafters, Grifters, and Tycoons
The Dark Mirror: Sex, Dreams, and Psychoanalysis
Black and White in Color
Paint It Black
A Brief Genealogy
Sources
Selected Filmography: 1940-1959
Selected Neo-Noirs: 1960-2006
Index