John Dahl and Neo-noir

John Dahl and Neo-noir : Examining Auteurism and Genre

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In John Dahl and Neo-Noir: Examining Auteurism and Genre, Paul Monaco provides a focused inquiry into the first three feature films that director John Dahl made for theatrical release: Kill Me Again (1989), Red Rock West (1993), and The Last Seduction (1994). The importance of these three films, and Monaco's investigation of them, is how they illuminate a modern director's creative process in relation to the emerging genre of neo-noir.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739133314
  • 9780739133316
  • 2,112,142

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In his incisive and well-informed study of John Dahl's first three neo-noir thrillers, Paul Monaco uses close reading, background interviews, commentary, and theory to throw light on the idea of the director as author. What interests Monaco is the particular circumstances that enable a contemporary film maker to place his signature on a film. This book is for all those seriously interested in creativity, film-making, direction, and the movie business. -- Ian C. Jarvie, York University John Dahl and Neo-Noir is a terrific book, carefully researched and keenly written. Monaco is a master at unpacking directorial nuance and production logic, illuminating how tightly film authorship and genre are woven together in neo-noir. -- John T. Caldwell, author of Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television (2008)show more

About Paul Monaco

Paul Monaco is professor of cinema/video at Montana State University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter One: Auteurism Chapter 3 Chapter Two: Noir and Neo-Noir Chapter 4 Chapter Three:Kill Me Again Chapter 5 Chapter Four:Red Rock West Chapter 6 Chapter Five:The Last Seduction Chapter 7 Conclusionshow more

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