When it seemed in France in 1955, A Panorama of American Film Noir was once the first book ever at the genre: this clairvoyant study of Hollywood film noir is at last to be had in English translation.
A Panorama of American Film Noir addresses the essential amorality of its subject from a decidedly Surrealist angle, that specialize in noir’s dreamlike, unwonted, erotic, ambivalent, and cruel atmosphere, and setting it in the social context of mid-century The us.
Beginning with the first film noir, The Maltese Falcon, and continuing through the post war “glory days,” which included such films as Gilda, The Big Sheep, Dark Passage, and The Lady from Shanghai, Borde and Chaumeton examine the dark sides of American society, film, and literature that made film noir conceivable, even necessary.
A Panorama of American Film Noir includes a film noir chronology, a voluminous filmography, a comprehensive index, and a collection of black-and-white production stills.
“Incredibly, this is the first English translation of the very influential 1955 French book that to start with identified, described and assessed the Hollywood movies that we now term film noir . . . a seminal work of cinema description and analysis and due to this fact an essential purchase for most libraries.” From the Starred Review in Library Journal
Raymond Borde (1920 – 2004), founder of the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, wrote extensively on film history.; among his short films is a study of the artist Pierre Molinier.
Etienne Chaumeton was once the film critic of the Toulouse newspaper La Dépêche until his death.