double indemnity intro11. The Fascination of Noir

1n 1946, French critics debate American crime films dubbed ‘films noirs’ by Frank. As well as ‘hard-boiled’ source books, influences recognised come from German emigré directors, and from a French tradition of uncompromising literature, taken forward in films by Renoir and Carné.  In more recent analysis, James Naremore sees a close link between Frank’s insight and his modernist background.

 

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