Bad Boys: The Actors of the Film Noir by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

By Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Movie noir provides gritty tales and to blame viewing excitement. approximately ninety male actors of vintage movie noir titles of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties are featured during this quantity. The researcher will locate the predicted (James Cagey, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum), the fewer renowned (Morris Carnovsky, Douglas Fowley), and actors who go beyond the style (Kirk Douglas, Alan Ladd). the writer additionally wrote Femme Noir: undesirable ladies of movie (McFarland, 1988). For the hot quantity, she selected actors who've performed major roles in numerous movie noir releases, and considered 240 movies that allows you to describe the plots and characters accurately.

Most of the quantity treats those "bad boys" extensive, in A to Z entries starting from 5 to 12 pages in size. own existence tales are intermingled with discussions of flicks. whereas the emphasis is on noir, a few movies outdoors the style are mentioned in the event that they are seminal to the actor (e.g., the Andy Hardy sequence for Mickey Rooney). A filmography and bibliography finish every one access. Black-and-white photographs aid the reader determine person actors, a few of whom, akin to Jay Flippen and Gene Lockhart, may be remembered extra for his or her "mugs" than for his or her monikers. an extra 25 actors are given one-page remedies within the first appendix. one other appendix provides noteworthy strains, prepared through vast subject comparable to "Regarding Dames," "Sizing Up the opposite Guy," and "Penetrating Put-downs" (e.g., Richard Widmark's line "I wouldn't provide the pores and skin off a grape," from Kiss of Death). Following the overall bibliography, an index lists titles, names, and awards.

Depth instead of breadth is the most important to this relaxing reference paintings, in an effort to be welcomed by means of the movie fan in addition to good because the researcher and is usually recommended for higher movie collections.

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The cold war paranoia about radioactive contamination is combined with the fear of racial contamination. Two men and one woman, by varying circumstances not fully explained, survive the effects of a global-wide occurrence of radioactive fallout. The three survivors—Ralph Burton (Harry Belafonte), a handsome black man; Sarah Crandall (Inger Stevens), a nubile white woman; and Benson Thacker (Mel Ferrer), a slightly older white male—eventually find one another in a deserted New York City, where they seek to rebuild a life out of the elegant ruins of the deserted metropolis.

The return to the symbolic source of American democracy is most pronounced when the pair stop to ponder the significance of the Lincoln Memorial. The mise-en-scène functions on two levels. First, it signifies past racial strife, the Civil War. Second, the scene works to transcode the past civil cleavages around race with the current sociocultural cleavages of the 26 Black Space Logan (Michael York) and Jessica (Jenny Agutter) stare at what has become of Runners who followed Box’s directives in Logan’s Run.

11 White participation in the black freedom movement was effectively stalled, and Logan’s Run symbolically reimagines the sociopolitical disillusionment and dead-end status of white activism in the movement for racial justice as a masked black man, Box, and his freezing of scores of white Runners. Once Logan and Jessica are able to escape the symbolic confines of race and racial rhetoric that Box suggests, they are able to discover the wellspring of American political democracy. C. The return to the symbolic source of American democracy is most pronounced when the pair stop to ponder the significance of the Lincoln Memorial.

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