From Film Noir to Neo-noir – Detours and Dead-ends Cover Image

Od kina 'noir' do 'neo-noir' – bezdroża i ślepe zaułki
From Film Noir to Neo-noir – Detours and Dead-ends

Author(s): Kamila Żyto
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Media studies, Communication studies, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: film noir;film neo-noir;
Summary/Abstract: The article argues that film noir, though its definition remains problematic, is a living and developing trend of the modern cinema. Although the classical film noir period is usually considered to be over, the so called neo-noir films are still being produced. Evidently, there is a connection between the two and they need to be related to one another and analysed comparatively. In her paper the author takes account of this fact by showing film noir as a part of the wider cultural trend having its roots mainly in the French existential thought. Providing that the term noir is not employed exclusively in relation to films, but also literature and arts, she claims that the films regarded as noir or neo-noir are the most significant symptoms in the history of noir idea, being one of the dominating intellectual categories since the beginning of the 20th century.

  • Page Range: 78-85
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish