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- DescriptionParis, summer 1946. This moment marks an important event in cinema history, t of production but of exhibition. For this was the summers when, after the hiatus of the Second World War, French critics were again given the opportunity to view films from Hollywood. The films they saw, including The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity. Laura, Murder, My Sweet, and The Woman in the Window, prompted the naming and theorization of a new phemen: film ir. Much of what has been written about the genre since has remained within the orbit of this preliminary assessment. While sympathetic towards the early French critics, this collection of original essays attempts to move beyond their first fascinated look. Beginning with an automy of that look - of the 'poujadist' climate that urished it and the imminent collapse of the Hollywood studio system that gave it its mournful inflection - Shades of Noir re-explores and calls into question the object first constructed by it. The impetus for this shift in perspective comes from the films themselves, viewed in the light of contemporary social and political concerns, and from new theoretical insights. Several contributions analyse the re-emergence of ir in recent years, most tably in the hybrid forms produced in the 1980s by the merging of ir with science fiction and horror, for example Blade Runner and Angel Heart, and in films by new black directors such as Deep Cover, Straight out of Brooklyn, A Rage in Harlem and One False Move. Other essays focus on the open urban territory in which the ir hero hides out; the office spaces in Chandler, and the palpable sense of waiting that fills empty warehouses, corridors and hotel rooms. Finally, Shades of Noir pays renewed attention to the lethal relation between the sexes; to the femme fatale and the other women in ir. As the role of women expands, the femme fatale remains deadly, but her deadliness takes on new meanings. Contibutors: Janet Bergstrom, Joan Copjec, Elizabeth Cowie, Manthia Diawara, Frederic Jameson, Dean MacCannel, Fred Pfeil, David Reid and Jayne L. Walker, Marc Vernet, Slavoj Zizek.
- Author BiographyJoan Copjec is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
- Author(s)Joan Copjec
- PublisherVerso Books
- Date of Publication24/09/1993
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleHaymarket
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVerso Books
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight681 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine25 mm
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