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Houses of noir; dark visions from thirteen film studios.


Houses of noir; dark visions from thirteen film studios.

Schwartz, Ronald.



200 pages



This focused style analysis uses a selection of films from the 1940s and 1950s to characterize the cinema movement of film noir. Schwartz selects one noir film of critical interest from each of 13 major and minor studios and covers it in a chapter, giving an overview of the studio, its history, a lengthy plot summary interspersed with critique of the story and cinematography, and a list of similar films produced by the studio including a runner-up to the analyzed film. Ending chapters briefly address independent studios, give a more detailed account of the chosen runners-up, and conclude with a recapitulation of stylistic claims.

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Date:Feb 1, 2014
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