murder mystery



Xenos (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

The though thriller is a particularly heightened form of hero-centred fiction, but with a non-traditional outcome engendered by the problematisation of the hero figure. In place of the conventional affirmation of heroic masculinity, the 1940s…




Masculinity (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

The preferred source of film noir, the hard boiled novel, manifests an obsession with the possibility of ‘disconnected subjectivity’. Because it’s a suspense story, there are delays and complications in the solution of the enigma,…


Law (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

The law manifests itself in film noir not just as the legally defined framework of the actual law, but also as the law of patriarchy, which defines the cultural environment. In a traditional world (the…


Jazz (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

When I say ‘film noir jazz’ what do you think? A slow, moody kind of jazz, usually with a trumpet solo? I thought you’d say that. Truth is, jazz had basically nothing to do with…


Innuendo (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

When the popularity of films became apparent in the 1920s as throngs of viewers milled to the motion picture theatres, moralists already started calling for a set of rule. Movies always addressed what people most…



1940s Film Noir - AMERICA (AtoZ Challenge 2017) - When we talk film noir, we’re talking about a very specific place at a very specific time: The United States in the 1940s. At this time in America, anxiety was rising and Hollywood caught and expressed it, especially through a series of crime thrillers that were later named ‘noir’.

America (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

When we talk film noir, we’re talking about a very specific place at a very specific time: The United States in the 1940s. At this time in America, anxiety was rising and Hollywood caught and…



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