Film Noir and the Possibilities of Hollywood

  • Nathaniel Deyo

Part of the Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television book series (CRFT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paradigmatic and Conventional

  3. Auteurist Noir

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Nathaniel Deyo
      Pages 115-140
  4. Noir and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Nathaniel Deyo
      Pages 197-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-213

About this book


Built around close readings of 11 noir films, this book seeks to refresh our understanding of “film noir” by returning to the films themselves. Pushing against totalizing or generalizing approaches, which may have the unintended effect of flattening out significant distinctions and differences between individual approaches, Film Noir and the Possibilities of Hollywood argues for the importance of staying attuned the varied and variegated formal, aesthetic and thematic strategies at work in individual films. By focusing on these strategies, the book invites readers to consider anew the enabling possibilities of Hollywood filmmaking in the studio era.


Film Aesthetics Film Noir Hollywood Film Theory Film History Film Philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Nathaniel Deyo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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