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Noir Part 2:Fugitive Kinds

Dennis Broe

in Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033228
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039152 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033228.003.0003
Noir Part 2:Fugitive Kinds

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This chapter examines the dominance of leftist ideas in film noir in the U.S. during the post-war years. It describes the addictive quality of the various types of fugitives outside the law that were featured in Hollywood films. There are seven main categories of these figures that collectively describe a working- and middle-class bloc aligned against corporatism and constitute various ways of considering the immediate past of the war and the strike period, and the not-so-distant, more radical past of the Depression.

Keywords: film noir; U.S; fugitives; Hollywood films; working class; middle class; corporatism; Depression

Chapter.  10105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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