What is film noir? /

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Author / Creator:Park, William.
Imprint:Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2011.
Description:ix, 213 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject:Film noir -- History and criticism.
Film noir.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8516954
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ISBN:9781611483628 (cloth : alk. paper)
161148362X (cloth : alk. paper)
9781611483635 (electronic)
1611483638 (electronic)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Park (formerly, Sarah Lawrence College) begins his well-researched study of film noir by asking, "Is it a genre, a style, or a period?" He gives a learned, clearly written chapter to each of these alternatives, and he answers "yes" to all three: film noir is a genre and a style and a period (1940-60). Chapter 6 is dedicated to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, whose Vertigo Park considers the ultimate noir film. Some cinephiles may quarrel with that assessment. Throughout his lively, wide-ranging analyses, Park engages with important predecessors in noir criticism, notably, James Naremore's authoritative More than Night (CH, Apr'99, 36-4393; rev. ed., 2008). Park's book makes an interesting intervention in the noir debate, but his is not the last word. Five appendixes list important films in various noir subcategories. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. R. Ducharme emeritus, Mount Saint Mary's University

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