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Pulp fiction to film noir; the Great Depression and the development of a genre.


Pulp fiction to film noir; the Great Depression and the development of a genre.

Hare, William.

McFarland & Co.


212 pages



Without doubt, the Great Depression was a time of when the film industry flourished, with the advent of all manner of "feel good" movies with stars like Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Shirley Temple. But in addition to those light, buoyant, optimistic films, another darker genre appeared: film noir. Movie historian and author Hare takes readers on a tour of film noir, its dark settings, its brooding, almost anti-hero heroes--like Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon. But film noir did not come directly from film studios, but from the detective story authors of the era, notably the writing of authors like Dashiell Hammett and the gritty, tough guy storytelling of Raymond Chandler. Hare provides a sense of film noir both in terms of what appeared on screen and the actors, directors, authors, and others who made it possible.

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Date:Oct 1, 2012
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