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Neo-noir : the new film noir style from Psycho to Collateral /
Ronald Schwartz.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005.
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xiv, 157 p. ; 23 cm.
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081085676X (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780810856769 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005.
isbn
081085676X (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780810856769 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5415561
 
Filmography: p. 109-135.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-02-01:
No one questions that films like Body Heat (1981) and The Underneath (1995) deliberately resurrect the characters and atmosphere of 1950s film noir. For those films the term "neo-noir" applies perfectly. But Schwartz (film and romance languages, CUNY) casts his net wider by labeling almost any thriller with noirish elements "neo-noir." The author includes a long list that he claims is a "fairly inclusive neo-noir filmography from 1960-2004." When Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Boyz N the Hood (1991), Body Parts (1991), and Boxing Helena (1993) all appear on the same page, it becomes clear that almost any thriller with guns and a girl will do. The bulk of Schwartz's book consists of amiable plot summaries of masterpieces like Psycho (1960) and Point Blank (1967), but without the smallest reference to all the voluminous critical material already in print. Several of the movies in this section--e.g., The Manchurian Candidate, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, The Usual Suspects, L.A. Confidential--are given much more substantial treatment in the British Film Institute classics and modern classics series. Ultimately, this criticism is aimed at a not-too-curious general reader who will not notice that most important questions go unasked. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. S. C. Dillon Bates College
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Schwartz (emeritus, City U. of New York) introduces this study with an overview of the qualities and characteristics of neo-noir, a cinematic style that emerged in the early 1960s as a direct outgrowth of film noir. He then provides in-depth analyses of more than thirty films exemplifying the best of this style, including The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Taxi Driver (1976), and Memento (2000). The volume also features an A-Z rated filmography listing more than 650 films reflecting the diversity of the genre in plot, style, and subject matter.
...the depth and breadth of Neo-Noir makes it required reading for anyone longing to be a serious fan of films made in the modern noir style.
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Film scholar Ronald Schwartz examines the most significant representatives of the Neo-Noir style, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and concluding with Michael Mann's Collateral (2004). Schwartz offers in-depth analyses of over thirty of the best Neo-Noir films and also provides an alphabetical list of over 650 films that in some way reflect this ever-expansive style.
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Film scholar Ronald Schwartz examines the most significant representatives of the Neo-Noir style, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and concluding with Michael Mann's Collateral (2004). Schwartz provides in-depth analyses of over thir
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Ronald Schwartz introduces this study with an overview of the qualities and characteristics of neo-noir, a cinematic style that emerged in the early 1960s as a direct outgrowth of film noir. He provides in-depth analyses of more than 30 films exemplifying the best of this style, including 'The Manchurian Candidate'.
Long Description
According to many critics, the era of "Film Noir" ended with the 1958 release of Orson Welles' classic Touch of Evil. The style was not dead, but rather had been transformed, and two years later, Alfred Hitchcock ushered in a new era of "Noir" films with the release of his 1960 masterpiece, Psycho. Film scholar Ronald Schwartz examines the most significant representatives of this cinematic style, beginning with Hitchcock's shocker and concluding with Michael Mann's Collateral (2004). Schwartz provides in-depth analyses of over thirty of the best "Neo-Noir" films and explains the qualities and characteristics of the "new noir" style. He also explains how it differs from "Film Noir" of the forties and fifties. As this study reveals, the new style significantly impacted American film after 1960. In this chronological guide, Schwartz examines such landmark films as The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Point Blank (1967), The French Connection (1971), Chinatown (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), Body Heat (1981), Blood Simple (1984), Fatal Attraction (1987), The Grifters (1990), Reservoir Dogs (1992), The Usual Suspects (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), Memento (2000), and Mystic River (2003). The book also includes an alphabetical filmography, listing over 650 films that in plot, style, or subject matter reflect the diversity of the genre. This reference work will be a valuable resource for film scholars and fans alike who wish to further explore the ever-evolving aspects of "Neo-Noir" cinema.
Table of Contents
Psycho (1960)p. 3
Underworld U.S.A. (1961)p. 8
The Manchurian candidate (1962)p. 11
The naked kiss (1964)p. 16
Point blank (1967)p. 19
Dirty Harry (1971)p. 21
The French connection (1971)p. 23
Chinatown (1974)p. 26
Night moves (1975)p. 30
Taxi driver (1976)p. 33
Body heat (1981)p. 37
Blood simple (1984)p. 41
To live and die in L.A. (1985)p. 44
At close range (1986)p. 49
Fatal attraction (1987)p. 53
The grifters (1990)p. 56
Reservoir dogs (1992)p. 60
The last seduction (1994)p. 64
The usual suspects (1995)p. 68
L.A. confidential (1997)p. 72
Memento (2000)p. 78
Sexy beast (2000)p. 80
The deep end (2001)p. 82
In the bedroom (2001)p. 85
The man who wasn't there (2001)p. 88
Vanilla sky (2001)p. 91
Blood work (2002)p. 93
Insomnia (2002)p. 95
Out of time (2003)p. 98
In the cut (2003)p. 100
Mystic River (2003)p. 102
Collateral (2004)p. 104
An "A to Z" rated filmography of neo-noir films (1960-2004)
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