Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship (Hardback)Jonathan Auerbach (author)
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Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 231 x 160 x 23 mm
"While scholars have long attended to film noir as one of the preeminent genres of U.S. cinema, they ironically have rarely studied it in terms of its specific engagements with national self-identity and self-definition. Deftly employing his strong and reputed background in American studies to far-reaching ends, Jonathan Auerbach shows precisely how film noir was central to the country's self-questioning in the fraught times of the Cold War. This is a groundbreaking study that comes up with trenchant insights about a genre that one might have thought had nothing new to yield to critical inquiry."-Dana Polan, author of Julia Child's The French Chef
"Auerbach evokes the ever-present sense of fear existing in an early Cold War American public through his analysis of these films. Both insightful and unique in its undertaking, this book speaks openly and convincingly to the relationship between political agenda, disenfranchisement and art." -- Laura Crawford * Media International Australia *
"This insightful study wisely ranges beyond the genre's usual suspects. Recommended. All readers." -- M. Yacowar * Choice *
"Auerbach provides unique close readings of a select group of films that assist us in seeing film noir in relation to concerns over citizenship and Cold War paranoia. It provides a valuable starting point from which we can hope future scholarship will further delve into such connections." -- Christopher Robe * Journal of American History *
"[A] wholly original, ground-level reconsideration of noir's cultural setting. . . . Auerbach's book augurs . . .a theory-to-come of U.S. film that can leam to disable those old tropes and inspire truly fresh lines of aesthetic and political questioning." -- Matt Tierney * Film Criticism *
"[I]f you have an abiding interest in film noir . . . you will find Dark Borders has a lot to offer. While most books on film noir take a rather broad approach in their examination of the genre, Auerbach chose a core of films to study in order to link the book's overriding theme. By concentrating on a handful of films, he provides a comprehensive insight to each one, and therein lies the strength of the book." -- Phil Stufflebean * American Film Noir *
"]Auerbach's] rigorous and creative readings of these films will prove indispensable for serious students of noir. . . . some of the most exciting moments to be noted in Auerbach's compelling book demonstrate nuanced uses of cultural history to inform his film analysis. Such exciting subjects include Lucky Luciano and the Second World War, Hemingway's annoyance over inefficient government help during the 1935 hurricane, and the emergence of corporate and managerial structures of power and identity." -- Sam B. Girgus * American Literature *
"Auerbach offers some significant fresh insights into territory one would have thought to now be fully excavated." -- Tony Williams * Screening the Past *
"The book as a whole is exemplary in its analysis of the interrelation between film noir and the social and political history of the 1940s and early 50s." -- Martin Fradley * Film Quarterly *
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