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The Red and the Black: American Film Noir in the 1950s

Robert Miklitsch


Given that 1955, the dead center of “the Fifties,” was the year in which RKO, the “house of noir,” was sold to Desilu Studios, the home of I Love Lucy, it would appear on the face of things that classic American film noir was good and dead by midcentury. But despite the received critical wisdom about the genre, The Red and the Black proposes that the grand, rise-and-fall narrative about classic noir misprizes the way in which, via various subgenres (melodrama, semi-documentary, etc.), it dramatizes complex notions about gender and sexuality, race and family, nation and homosexuality. The clich ... More

Keywords: 3-D, anticommunism, atomic bomb, Cold War, expressionism, femme fatale, gender, genre, homosexuality, media, melodrama, nation, neo-realism, new technologies, nuclear family, race, semi-documentary, sexuality, television (TV), widescreen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040689
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Miklitsch, author
Ohio University