Dark Cinema: American Film Noir in Cultural Perspective

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Chronology and Filmography of Films Noirs
In this chronological list of motion pictures influenced by the visual style or narrative structure of film noir, or both, the three basic plot varieties delineated in The Film Noir Canon have been used in classifying each of the films. Accordingly, after the title of a film it is noted in brackets whether it is a film noir, a film gris, or a melodrama. For the sake of clarity, melodramas have been further refined into either just melodrama or melodrama/pseudo-documentary. I have limited the years of the film noir movement to the two decades between 1940 and 1959. The films mentioned, made after this time, may be classed as various attempts to revert to the use of the noir style, but they are essentially imitations and do not belong to the mainstream of film noir. Complete casts with character identifications, technical credits, plot synopses, and brief critiques for most of these films can be found in either FILM NOIR: AN ENCYCLOPEDIC REFERENCE TO THE AMERICAN STYLE or A REFERENCE GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN FILM NOIR: 1940-1958, cited in the bibliography. However, it ought to be noted that the release years in the latter reference are invariably correct, whereas in the former they are often misdated by a year or even two years.
1940
STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (RKO) [melodrama] d. Boris Ingster

1941
AMONG THE LIVING(Paramount) [melodrama] d. Stuart Heisler
CITIZEN KANE(RKO) [film noir] d. Orson Welles
HIGH SIERRA(Warner's) [film noir] d. Raoul Walsh
I WAKE UP SCREAMING(20th-Fox) [melodrama] d. H. Bruce Humberstone
THE MALTESE FALCON(Warner's) [film gris] d. John Huston
MAN HUNT(20th-Fox) [melodrama] d. Fritz Lang
THE SHANGHAI GESTURE(United Artists) [film noir] d. Josef von Sternberg
SUSPICION (RKO) [melodrama] d. Alfred Hitchcock

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Author's Note xiii
  • Introduction xv
  • Part I - Literary Antecedents 1
  • 1 - Tragedy 3
  • 2 - Hostages of Fate 43
  • Part II - Cinematic Antecedents 103
  • 3 - German Expressionist Cinema 105
  • 4 - American Cinema between the Wars 125
  • Part III - American Film Noir 147
  • 5 - The Film Noir Canon 149
  • 6 - Noir Women 199
  • 7 - Noir Men 215
  • 8 - Noir Directors 233
  • Notes 241
  • Chronology and Filmography of Films Noirs 263
  • Bibliography 273
  • Index 283
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