Film Noir Reading List


‘Thrills and chills’: horror, the woman’s film, and the origins of film noir

By Marc Jancovich

Film death and the failure to signify: the curious case of Warni Hazard

By George Toles

Looks that kill: Double Indemnity (1944) reimagined in postmodern neo-noir and television

By Michael Lipiner and Yael Maurer

Film bleu: the development of cinematic aesthetics and disavowal of cultural traditions in Hong Kong crime cinema

By Yi Sun

Phantom ladies: the war worker, the slacker and the ‘femme fatale’

By Marc Jancovich

Bluebeard meets Ivy: the botany of love in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread

By Sina Movaghati

Paris, city of shadows: French crime cinema before the New Wave

By Tim Palmer

Orson Welles: an auteur of the thriller

By Gabriel M. Patz

Conflicted selves: the humanist cinema of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

By James Harvey-Davitt

Digital afx: digital dressing and affective shifts in Sin City and 300

By Aylish Wood

‘From grade B thrillers to deluxe chillers’: prestige horror, female audiences, and allegories of spectatorship in The Spiral Staircase (1946)

By Tim Snelson

Realism, revisionism and visual style: The French Connection and the New Hollywood policier

By Paul Ramaeker

Depths of black in The Night of the Hunter

By Elliott Logan

Midsomer Murders in Copenhagen: the transnational production of Nordic Noir-influenced UK television drama

By Eva Novrup Redvall

Imagining the post-forensic landscape: the crime drama on transnational television

By Paolo Russo and Lindsay Steenberg


Dark borders: film noir and American citizenship

Review by Brian E. Butler

by Jonathan Auerbach, Durham, Duke University Press, 2011, 281 pp., £15.99, ISBN: 9780822394129

Critical theory and film: rethinking ideology through film noir

Review by Hunter Vaughan

by Fabio Vighi, London, Continuum, 2012, 184 pp., £65 (hardback), ISBN: 9781441111425