The Philosophy of Film Noir

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Mark T. Conard, Robert Porfirio
University Press of Kentucky, 17 серп. 2007 р. - 248 стор.

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. Noir emerged as a prominent American film genre in the early 1940s, distinguishable by its use of unusual lighting, sinister plots, mysterious characters, and dark themes. From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), films from this classic period reflect an atmosphere of corruption and social decay that attracted such accomplished directors as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles. The Philosophy of Film Noir is the first volume to focus exclusively on the philosophical underpinnings of these iconic films. Drawing on the work of diverse thinkers, from the French existentialist Albert Camus to the Frankurt school theorists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, the volume connects film noir to the philosophical questions of a modern, often nihilistic, world. Opening with an examination of what constitutes noir cinema, the book interprets the philosophical elements consistently present in the films -- themes such as moral ambiguity, reason versus passion, and pessimism. The contributors to the volume also argue that the essence and elements of noir have fundamentally influenced movies outside of the traditional noir period. Neo-noir films such as Pulp Fiction (1994), Fight Club (1999), and Memento (2000) have reintroduced the genre to a contemporary audience. As they assess the concepts present in individual films, the contributors also illuminate and explore the philosophical themes that surface in popular culture. A close examination of one of the most significant artistic movements of the twentieth century, The Philosophy of Film Noir reinvigorates an intellectual discussion at the intersection of popular culture and philosophy.

 

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Nietzsche and the Meaning and Definition and Noir Mark T Conard
7
A Darker Shade Realism in Neo Noir Jason Holt
23
Moral Clarity and Practical Reason in Film Noir Aeon J Skoble
41
Cherchez La Femme Fatale The Mother of Film Noir Read Mercer Schuchardt
49
From Sherlock Holmes to The HardBoiled Detective in Film Noir Jerold J Abrams
69
Film Noir and the Meaning of the Life Steven M Sanders
91
The Horizon of Disenchantment Film Noir Camus and Vicissitudes of Descent Alan Woolfolk
107
Symbolism Meaning and Nihilism in Quentin Tarantinos Pulp Fiction Mark T Conard
125
Film Noir and the Frankfurt School America as Wasteland in Edgar Ulmers Detour Paul A Cantor
139
Knowledge Morality and Tragedy in The Killers and Out of the Past Iam Jarvie
163
Moral Man in the Dark City Film Noir the Postwar Religious Revival And The Accused R Barton Palmer
187
On Reason and Passion in The Maltese Falcon Deborah Knight
207
Ride the Pink Horse Money Mischance Murder and the Monads of Film Noir Alain Silver
223
Contributors
239
Index
243
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