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Film Noir

Edited by Homer B. Pettey, R. Barton Palmer

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Explores the development of film noir as a cultural and artistic phenomenon

This book traces the development of what we know as film noir from the proto-noir elements of Feuillade’s silent French crime series and German Expressionism to the genre’s mid-twentieth century popularization and influence on contemporary global media.

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Notes on Contributors
List of Figures
The Noir Turn, Homer B. Pettey
1. The Cinema of Uncertainty and the Opacity of Information from Louis Feuillade’s Crime Serials to Film Noir, Vicki Callahan
2. Warning Shadows: German Expressionism and American Film Noir, Janet Bergstrom
3. Hard-boiled Tradition and Film Noir, Homer B. Pettey
4. Cold War Noir, R. Barton Palmer
5. Noiring the Pitch: The Conflicted Soundtracks of Out of the Past, The Blue Gardenia, and The Long Goodbye, Krin Gabbard
6. Split Screen: Sound/Music in The Stranger/Criss Cross, Robert Miklitsch
7. Gender and Noir, Elisabeth Bronfen
8. The Subversive Shade of Black in Film Noir, Charles Scruggs

Postscript: A History of Our Writing about Film Noir, Alain Silver and James Ursini
Selected Reading Guide to Film Noir: Book and Book Chapters
Selected Viewing Guide to Film Noir

About the Author

Homer B. Pettey is Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at the University of Arizona. He serves as the founding and general editor for Global Film Directors (Rutgers U.P.), Global Film Studios (Edinburgh U.P.), and International Stars (Edinburgh U.P.).

R. Barton Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he directs the film studies program. He is the author, editor, or general editor of many books including Hollywood’s Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir (1994), After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation, and Intertextuality (2006), and A Little Solitaire: John Frankenheimer and American Film (2011).


This volume of essays which views film noir as both a global cinematic aesthetic and social/political expression will be invaluable for those new to film noir as well as to established scholars within the field. Comprehensive and helpful guides to viewing and reading round off what is a highly readable collection.

Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University, Leicester

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