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International Noir

Edited by Homer B. Pettey, R. Barton Palmer

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Examines the influence of film noir on visual narrative and technique in global cinematic traditions.

Following World War II, film noir became the dominant cinematic expression of Cold War angst, influencing new trends in European and Asian filmmaking. International Noir examines film noir’s influence on the cinematic traditions of Britain, France, Scandinavia, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and India.

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Notes on Contributors
List of Figures
The Noir Impulse, Homer B. Pettey
1. British Noir, James Leach
2. French Noir 1947-79: From Grunge-Noir to Noir-hilism, Susan Hayward
3. French Neo-noir: an aesthetic for the Policier, Maureen Turim
4. Early Japanese Noir, Homer B. Pettey
5. The Gunman and the Gun: Japanese Film Noir since the late 1950s, David Desser
6. Darker than Dark: Film Noir in its Asian Contexts, Stephen Teo
7. Nordic Noir and Neo-Noir: The Human Criminal, Andrew Nestingen
8. Indian Film Noir, Corey Creekmur
9. The New Sincerity of Neo-Noir, R. Barton Palmer
10. Post-noir: getting back to business, Mark Bould
Selected Reading Guide to International Film Noir
Selected Viewing Guide to International 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).


INTERNATIONAL NOIR offers unique, innovative thoughts on a mode of cinema that one would have thought had nothing new to offer up to critical thought. By moving refreshingly beyond common approaches to Noir as a quintessential American form to its broader emplacement in global contexts, the volume makes Noir vibrate with all the energy of geopolitics and confirms its importance as a fraught symptom of our modernity

Dana Polan, Professor of Cinema Studies, New York University

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