Rocznik Komparatystyczny

ISSN: 2081-8718     eISSN: 2353-2831    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/rk.2020.11-14
CC BY-SA   Open Access   ERIH PLUS

Lista wydań / 11 (2020)
Film Noir: (Re)Constructing the Definition

Autorzy: Krzysztof Antoniak
Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II, Lublin
Słowa kluczowe: film noir gatunek styl ton moda cykl transgatunkowość definicja
Rok wydania:2020
Liczba stron:13 (265-277)
Cited-by (Crossref) ?:


Throughout the last 80 years, scholars and film critics have tried to define film noir and come up with various theories. Some claim film noir is a genre, others classify it as a style. The definition of the phenomenon appears to be rather elusive. In consequence, some films are classified as noir or neo-noir even though they seem not to meet the necessary requirements to be categorized as such. The following article examines the most popular theories on film noir and explains why it is impossible to construct one and final definition.
Pobierz plik

Plik artykułu


1.Borde, Raymond, Étienne Chaumeton. “Towards a Definition of Film Noir.” Film Noir Reader. Eds. Alain Silver, James Ursini. Limelight Editions, 1996. 17–25.
2.Breu, Christopher, Elizabeth A. Hatmaker. “Introduction: Dark Passages.” Noir Affect. Eds. Christopher Breu, Elizabeth A. Hatmaker. New York: Fordham University Press, 2020. 1–28.
3.Christopher, Nicholas. Somewhere in the Night. Film Noir and the American City. Berkeley: Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006.
4.Conard, Mark T. “Nietzsche and the Meaning and Definition of Noir.” The Philosophy of Film Noir. Ed. Mark T. Conrad. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2006. 7–22.
5.Damico, James. “Film Noir: A Modest Proposal.” Film Noir Reader. Eds. Alain Silver, James Ursini. Limelight Editions, 1996. 95–106.
6.Fay, Jennifer, Justus Nieland. Film Noir: Hard-Boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization. Routledge, 2010.
7.Gustafsson, Henrik. “A Wet Emptiness: The Phenomenology of Film Noir.” A Companion to Film Noir. Eds. Andrew Spicer, Helen Hanson. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2013. 50–66.
8.Handel, Leo A. Hollywood Looks at Its Audience. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1950.
9.Hirsch, Foster. The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 1981.
10.Kerr, Paul. “Out of What Past? The ‘B’ Film Noir.” Screen Education 32.3 (1979).
11.Krutnik, Frank. In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity. Routledge, 2001.
12.Naremore, James. More than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
13.Palmer, Barton R. Hollywood’s Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir. Boston: Twayne, 1994.
14.Park, William. What Is Noir? Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2011.
15.Phillips, Gene D. Out of the Shadows: Expanding the Canon of Classic Film Noir. The Scarecrow Press, 2012.
16.Porfirio, Robert G., Alain Silvesti, James Ursini. Film Noir Reader 3. Limelight Editions, 2002.
17.Schatz, Thomas. Hollywood Genres. Formulas, Filmmaking and the Studio System. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1981.
18.Schrader, Paul. “Notes on Film Noir.” Film Comment 8.1 (1972): 8–13.
19.Selby, Spencer. Dark City: The Film Noir. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1984.
20.Spicer, Andrew. Film Noir. Routledge, 2002.
21.Staiger, Janet. “Hybrid or Inbred: The Purity Hypothesis and Hollywood Genre History.” Film Genre Reader III. Ed. Barry Keith Grant. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003. 185–199.