film noir

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a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters

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His gangster film noir 'Kapag Wala Nang mga Alon' (When the Waves are Gone) won the Paris Coproduction Village award at the Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum in 2016.
2) Such feelings are also central to hardboiled fiction, a genre of literature whose themes and archetypes were adapted by film noir.
Film noir protagonists are seldom creatures of light.
Pippin sets out to examine the theme of fatalism in film noir, which he explains as follows: "Some philosophers believe that if the question is: What distinguishes naturally occurring events like bodily movements in space from metaphysically distinct purposive doings initiated by me, the answer is: Nothing" (13).
Cain, and many others, and the film noir cycle of the forties and fifties.
Somewhat oddly titled in that one generally expects an "FAQ" to present "frequently asked questions" together with answers, this volume instead profiles some 200 films of the American noir genre made from about 1940 to 1960 (with Fritz Lang's 1936 Fury, "probably the first film noir," being the single exception).
its adroit mixture of location shooting and Gothic compositions and Richardson's wonderful performance as a lower middle-class Everyman, On the Night of the Fire clearly shows that an achieved mastery of film noir existed in British cinema.
As a contribution to film studies, Fatalism in American Film Noir has no clear place.
However, film noir seems to have a peculiar fascination for painted portraits of women; in one of the first key texts on film noir, Raymond Durgnat mentioned their importance as one of many forms of doubling.
The philosophical content of film noir has been mined by a couple of anthologies and some scattered articles, but none have gone as deeply as Pippin's book, even though it is along only one vein, these films' treatment of fate and fatalism.
The series begins with a three-movie series dedicated to film noir.
The topic of film noir offers Park an abundance of material, since over the last 50 years much has been written about its impact on cinema, its relationship to literature, and (most important from my point of view) its relationship to American culture.
Driven to Darkness: Jewish Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir, by Vincent Brook.
Auerbach, Jonathan, Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship, Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2011, ISBN 9 7808 2235 0064, x+267 pp.