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The Resource Nightmare alley : film noir and the American dream, Mark Osteen

Nightmare alley : film noir and the American dream, Mark Osteen

Label
Nightmare alley : film noir and the American dream
Title
Nightmare alley
Title remainder
film noir and the American dream
Statement of responsibility
Mark Osteen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Desperate young lovers on the lam (They Live by Night), a cynical con man making a fortune as a mentalist (Nightmare Alley), a penniless pregnant girl mistaken for a wealthy heiress (No Man of Her Own), a wounded veteran who has forgotten his own name (Somewhere in the Night)--this gallery of film noir characters challenges the stereotypes of the wise-cracking detective and the alluring femme fatale. Despite their differences, they all have something in common: a belief in self-reinvention. Nightmare Alley is a thorough examination of how film noir disputes this notion at the heart of the American Dream. Central to many of these films, Mark Osteen argues, is the story of an individual trying, by dint of hard work and perseverance, to overcome his origins and achieve material success. In the wake of World War II, the noir genre tested the dream of upward mobility and the ideas of individualism, liberty, equality, and free enterprise that accompany it. Employing an impressive array of theoretical perspectives (including psychoanalysis, art history, feminism, and music theory) and combining close reading with original primary source research, Nightmare Alley proves both the diversity of classic noir and its potency. This provocative and wide-ranging study revises and refreshes our understanding of noir's characters, themes, and cultural significance."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Osteen, Mark
Dewey number
791.43/6556
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.F54
LC item number
O88 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Film noir
  • Motion pictures
  • American Dream in art
  • National characteristics, American, in motion pictures
Label
Nightmare alley : film noir and the American dream, Mark Osteen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: film noir and the American dream -- "Someone else's nightmare": exploring noir dreamscapes -- Missing persons: self-erasure and reinvention -- Vet noir: masculinity, memory and trauma -- Framed: forging noir identities -- Noir's cars: automobility and amoral space -- Nocturnes in black and blue: memory, morality and jazz melody -- Femmes vital: film noir and women's work -- Left-handed endeavor: crime, capitalism, and the Hollywood left -- Conclusion: American nightmares
Control code
793379317
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9781421407807
Isbn Type
(hdbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012017652
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)793379317
Label
Nightmare alley : film noir and the American dream, Mark Osteen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: film noir and the American dream -- "Someone else's nightmare": exploring noir dreamscapes -- Missing persons: self-erasure and reinvention -- Vet noir: masculinity, memory and trauma -- Framed: forging noir identities -- Noir's cars: automobility and amoral space -- Nocturnes in black and blue: memory, morality and jazz melody -- Femmes vital: film noir and women's work -- Left-handed endeavor: crime, capitalism, and the Hollywood left -- Conclusion: American nightmares
Control code
793379317
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9781421407807
Isbn Type
(hdbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012017652
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)793379317

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