Film ir is by definition dark, but t, this book argues, desperate. Examining twenty-eight great ir films from the earliest examples of the genre, including The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and Out of the Past, to such twenty-first-century spy films as The Good Shepherd, Syriana, and The Bourne Ultimatum, this study explores the representations of trust and commitment that ir and spy films propose. Through thorough examination, von Hallberg provides insights into the cultural history of film and our cinematic experience with the concept of trust.
Robert von Hallberg is a professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College, USA, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of five books, most recently Lyric Powers.
Robert von Hallberg
University of New Mexico Press
Date of Publication
Film, TV & Radio
Recencies Series: Research and Recovery in Twentieth-century American Poetics