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Neo-Noir : Contemporary Film Noir from Chinatown to the Dark Knight

By (author) Douglas Keesey

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Directorsdiscussed include the Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, and Quentin TarantinoA world-weary detective, a seductive femme fatale, a mysterious murderthese elements of classic film noir live again in more recent hardboiled detective films from "Chinatown" to "Sin City." But the themes and styles of noir have also spilled over into contemporary films about gangsters, cops, and serial killers, such as "Reservoir Dogs," "The Departed," and" Se7en." New hybrid genres have been created, including psycho-noirs such as "Memento," techno-noirs such as "The Matrix," and superhero noirs like "The Dark Knight." Beginningby showinghow neo-noirs have drawn upon contemporary social and historical events as well as the latest technological advances in filmmaking, this book thendiscusses thelandmarkneo-noirs, the cult auteur figures of neo-noir, internationalfilms, and the remakes that put a new spin on past noirs. The main credits and a plot summary are given for eachmoviesincluding"Fargo," " Get Carter," "L.A. Confidential," "Mulholland Drive," " Oldboy," and "Pulp Fiction"followed by an in-depth analysis containing original insights into the film'smeaning.Also included arefascinating facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and lively quotes from the cast and crew."

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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 134 x 192 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • 01 Dec 2010
  • Kamera Books
  • Harpenden
  • English
  • 8pp colour photos
  • 1842433113
  • 9781842433119
  • 284,105

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Douglas Keesey is a professor of film and literature at California Polytechnic State University. Hisother titlesinclude "Catherine Breillat," "Don DeLillo," "Erotic Cinema," "Jack Nicholson," "Peter Greenaway," and "Paul Verhoeven.""

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