French and American noir : dark crossings /

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Author / Creator:Rolls, Alistair, 1971-
Imprint:Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Description:ix, 229 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject:Film noir -- France -- History and criticism.
Film noir -- United States -- History and criticism.
American fiction.
Film noir.
French fiction.
Noir fiction.
Noir fiction, American.
United States.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Walker-Morrison, Deborah Dr.
ISBN:9780230536906 (alk. paper)
0230536905 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Rolls (French, Univ. of Newcastle, UK) and Walker (French, Univ. of Auckland, NZ) present an interesting study on the French-American noir connection, focusing on the codependent love/hate aspect of France's literary and filmic obsession with US noir. The authors provide a historical overview of how French artists adapted the basic concepts of American noir to fit the unique needs of its target audience, a French population suffering from the postwar trauma of German occupation and the loss of its position as a world power--a position usurped by the US, France's liberator and also its cultural albatross. Comparing and contrasting the literary works of Boris Vian and other French noir authors to popular US noir authors, Rolls and Walker illustrate the unique qualities of French noir that clearly distinguish it from its US counterpart. They also demonstrate how French filmmakers, over the past five decades, adapted the stylistic and thematic qualities of the Hollywood noir tradition to comment on their personal likes and dislikes of US culture. This will be an excellent resource for those acquainted with French noir. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. A. F. Winstead Our Lady of the Lake University

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