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The Fall of the House of Ulmer: Europe versus America in the Gothic Vision of The Black Cat

Paul A. Cantor

in The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813140827
eISBN:
9780813141299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Chapter Seven discusses Edgar Ulmer's The Black Cat as the creation of a high modernist European émigré working in a lowbrow American genre, the horror movie. Ulmer portrays a self-destructive ... More


America as Wasteland in Detour: Film Noir and the Frankfurt School

Paul A. Cantor

in The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813140827
eISBN:
9780813141299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Chapter Eight analyzes Edgar Ulmer's classic film noir Detour and its bleak portrait of America as a land of frustrated desires and lost dreams. It explores the affinities between Detour and the ... More


Detour: Driving in a Back Projection, or Forestalled by Film Noir

Vivian Sobchack

in Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038594
eISBN:
9780252096518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038594.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that rear-screen projection in Edgar Ulmer's Detour (1945) is just as critical to the film's audiovisual economy as voiceover and flashback. Not unlike the radiophonic “theater of ... More


The Dream of Return

Wheeler Winston Dixon

in Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623990
eISBN:
9780748653614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623990.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

What happened when the men came home from war? They returned to a world transformed into an alien landscape, something they didn't understand and didn't recognise as home, a place full of new and ... More


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