Roots of Film Noir

Precursors from the Silent Era to the 1940s

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Individual reviews of more than 90 films created and released before 1941 are included here in the first title-by-title reference guide to the forerunners of film noir. At the end of 1941, The Maltese Falcon ushered in the classic epoch of noir. Silent Hitchcock thrillers and German expressionist masterpieces, French poetic realist dramas and forgotten Hollywood B-movies, pseudo-Freudian gangster films and costume melodramas are among the works covered in this text.
The collection spans subgenres and cultures of filmmaking, aiming to demonstrate that the roots of noir were sown far and wide, long before the lasting and mysterious genre flowered in America during the war years.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Grant is a film historian and periodical journalist living in London.

Bibliographic Details

Roots of Film Noir Precursors from the Silent Era to the 1940s Kevin Grant 978-1-4766-8748-3 978-1-4766-4581-0