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Maltese Falcon to Body of Lies : Spies, Noirs, and Trust (Paperback) (Robert Von Hallberg)

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The author analyzes noir and spy films, such as The Maltese Falcon, Kiss Me Deadly, The Big Sleep, The Third Man, Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Notorious, Out of the Past, Gilda, The Narrow Margin, Criss Cross, In a Lonely Place, The Good Shepherd, Syriana, and The Bourne Ultimatum to consider their representations of trust and commitment and illustrate how they create a sense of deep trust between two individuals (in noir films) and trust between a person and the state (in spy films), as well as how the films dialogue with each other. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Film noir is by definition dark, but not, this book argues, desperate. Examining twenty-eight great noir films from the earliest examples of the genre, includingThe Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and Out of the Past, to such twenty-first-century spy films asThe Good Shepherd, Syriana, and The Bourne Ultimatum, this study explores the representations of trust and commitment that noir and spy films propose. Through thorough examination, von Hallberg provides insights into the cultural history of film and our cinematic experience with the concept of trust.

Number of Pages: 219
Genre: Performing Arts
Sub-Genre: Film + Video / History + Criticism
Series Title: Recencies Series: Research and Recovery in Twentieth-Century American Poetics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr
Author: Robert Von Hallberg
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2015
TCIN: 23998700
UPC: 9780826351364
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-7622
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