Class, Crime and International Film Noir

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 7:30pm
Brecht Forum @ The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

April 30th, 2014 7:30 PM
Class, Crime and International Film Noir
Dennis Broe, with Steven Wishnia

In the decade between the Popular Front and the Communist Purge (1938-48), lower budget, seedy crime films not only in the US, but also in Europe and Asia, collectively called film noir, were perhaps the most prominent way that film artists across the globe critiqued the new international reign of corporate capital. That critque has continued today where regional formations of the style (Nordic, Asian and Mediterranean Noir) have flourished and kept alive noir's biting critique of the accumulation of capital where lives are smashed, dreams are brutally broken, and those left standing endure with bitterness and confusion as the those who hide behind the laws accumulate bigger piles of loot.

Dennis and Steven will speak of the body of work in film, fiction and other cultural works about what noir is, how it came about and new directions in film and literary noir today.

Dennis Broe is a professor of media arts at Long Island Univesity. His previous book, Film Noir, American Workers and Postwar Hollywood was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. He has written widely on political economy, movie studio history and the Western in Cinema Journal, Jump Cut, Situations and other journals. He is also a film critic on Pacifica Radio. His latest book from Palgrave/Macmillan is Class, Crime and International Noir: Globalizing America’s Dark Art.

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