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Edges of Noir
Extreme Filmmaking in 1960s America
280 pages, 20 ills., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-280-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (February 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-281-1 eBook Not Yet Published
Edges of Noir challenges the notion that noir film nearly vanished after 1958 until its subsequent “neo-noir” revival between 1973 and 1981. The 1960s, regardless of critical neglect, include some of the most provocative films of the post-World War II decades. Often formally disruptive and experimental, films including Shock Corridor (1963), Mirage (1965), and Seconds (1966) evoke controversial issues of the era, deriving dynamic influences amongst exploitation cinema, sensationalistic American B movies, and the European New Wave movement. Whether the focus is on nuclear destruction, mind control, or surveillance, late noir films, above all else, vividly portray the collective fears from the time.
Michael Mirabile is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Lewis and Clark College. He has published work on film, postmodernism, and the author Don DeLillo. He teaches film studies, film adaptation, post-World War II American fiction, and suspense and detective fiction.
Subject: Film and Television StudiesCultural Studies (General)History: 20th Century to Present
Area: North America
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