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The Resource Somewhere in the night : film noir and the American city, by Nicholas Christopher

Somewhere in the night : film noir and the American city, by Nicholas Christopher

Label
Somewhere in the night : film noir and the American city
Title
Somewhere in the night
Title remainder
film noir and the American city
Statement of responsibility
by Nicholas Christopher
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Acclaimed novelist and poet Nicholas Christopher explores the cultural identity of film noir in a seamless, elegant, and enchanting work of literary prose. Examining virtually the entire catalogue of film noir, Christopher identifies the central motif as the urban labyrinth, a place infested with psychosis, anxiety, and existential dread in which the noir hero embarks on a dangerously illuminating quest. With acute sensitivity, he shows how technical devices such as lighting, voice over, and editing tempo are deployed to create the film noir world. Somewhere in the Night guides us through the architecture of this imaginary world, be it shot in New York or Los Angeles, relating its elements to the ancient cultural archetypes that prefigure it. Finally, Christopher builds an explanation of why film noir not only lives on but is currently enjoying a renaissance
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Christopher, Nicholas
Dewey number
791.43/655
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.F54
LC item number
C54 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Film noir
  • Cities and towns in motion pictures
Label
Somewhere in the night : film noir and the American city, by Nicholas Christopher
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Filmography: p. 273-280
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-271) 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
1. Into the Labyrinth -- 2. Night and the City -- 3. Postcards from the Ruins: Some Americans Abroad -- 4. Office Buildings and Casinos -- 5. Grafters, Grifters, and Tycoons -- 6. The Dark Mirror: Sex, Dreams, and Psychoanalysis -- 7. Black and White in Color -- 8. Paint It Black -- Appendix. A Brief Genealogy -- Selected Filmography: 1940-1959 -- Selected Neo-Noirs: 1960-1997
Control code
36330881
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 290 pages
Isbn
9780684828039
Lccn
97003729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Somewhere in the night : film noir and the American city, by Nicholas Christopher
Publication
Note
Filmography: p. 273-280
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-271) 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
1. Into the Labyrinth -- 2. Night and the City -- 3. Postcards from the Ruins: Some Americans Abroad -- 4. Office Buildings and Casinos -- 5. Grafters, Grifters, and Tycoons -- 6. The Dark Mirror: Sex, Dreams, and Psychoanalysis -- 7. Black and White in Color -- 8. Paint It Black -- Appendix. A Brief Genealogy -- Selected Filmography: 1940-1959 -- Selected Neo-Noirs: 1960-1997
Control code
36330881
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 290 pages
Isbn
9780684828039
Lccn
97003729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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