By Wheeler Winston Dixon
Wheeler Winston Dixon engages readers in an outline of noir and fatalist movie from the mid-twentieth century to the current, finishing with a dialogue of tv, the web, and dominant advertisement cinema. starting with the Forties classics, movie Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia strikes to the "Red Scare" and different ominous expressions of the Fifties. The darkish cinema of the Sixties mirrored the tensions of a society dealing with a brand new and, to a few, menacing period of social expression.
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