Keyword : Film Noir
A reappraisal and appreciation of Billy Wilder's box-office failure, Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas in his prime.
In this essay author Kyle Barrowman analyzes the richly textured (on both the visual and thematic sense) Michael Mann urban crime/noir film Collateral as an "incoherent text" (Robin Wood).
A theoretical enquiry into the long-standing discourse surrounding genre theory.
An analysis of Touch of Evil which argues that a formal analysis grounded in cognitivism is better suited than most (i.e. psychoanalytical) in taking into consideration issues of meaning (authorial intention, the collaborative nature of filmmaking) and the particularities of cinema's unique 'autographic' and 'discursive' language.
While most reviewers of Abel Ferrara’s (arguably masterpiece) The Bad Lieutenant tended to laud Harvey Kietel’s performance in spite of his character’s morally reprehensible nature, and the film’s overall harsh subject matter, Jason Mark Scott argues that Ferrara’s stylistic mix of ‘naturalism’ (which is likened to Pier Paolo Pasolini) and lyricism amounts to a poignant treatment of Catholic angst.
A psychoanalytical analysis of the unique Greek cult film ??Singapore Sling??, a postmodern melange of classic film noir tropes, melodrama, gothic horror, Expressionism, and exploitation cinema (extreme gore, explicit sex).
An analysis of the true crime elements of Brian De Palma's contemporary film noir The Black Dahlia. Author Catherine Benoit also considers the film's intertextuality with respect to previous film noir.
A Left-Handed Form of Human Endeavour: Narrative Comparisons & Contrasts Between the Noir Heist Film
An analysis comparing the narrative structures of two seminal noir heist films, The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing.
A structural analysis of film noir openings. Part 2.
A structural analysis of film noir openings. Part 1.
A review of François Miron's revisionist, Sapphic film noir, which imagines a world where women act like Humphrey Bogart and men are nervous, jittery and timid.
Book review essay on that indomitable beast known as the film noir.
An in-depth analysis of Criterion's swank release of Sir Carol Reed's British noir classic.
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