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Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood
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Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood

Dennis Broe

Abstract

Film noir, which flourished in the 1940s and 50s, reflected the struggles and sentiments of post-war America. This book contends that the genre, with its emphasis on dark subject matter, paralleled the class conflict in labor and union movements that dominated the period. By following the evolution of film noir during the years following World War II, the author illustrates how the noir figure represents labor as a whole. In the 1940s, both radicalized union members and protagonists of noir films were hunted and pursued by the law. Later, as labor unions achieved broad acceptance and respectab ... More

Keywords: film noir, post-war America, genre, class conflict, labor, union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033228
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033228.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis Broe, author
Long Island University