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Somewhere in the Night

(1997)
Film Noir and the American City
A non fiction book by

 
Acclaimed novelist and poet Nicholas Christopher explores the cultural identity of film noir in a seamless, elegant, and enchanting work of literary prose. Examining virtually the entire catalogue of film noir, Christopher identifies the central motif as the urban labyrinth, a place infested with psychosis, anxiety, and existential dread in which the noir hero embarks on a dangerously illuminating quest. With acute sensitivity, he shows how technical devices such as lighting, voice over, and editing tempo are deployed to create the film noir world. Somewhere in the Night guides us through the architecture of this imaginary world, be it shot in New York or Los Angeles, relating its elements to the ancient cultural archetypes that prefigure it. Finally, Christopher builds an explanation of why film noir not only lives on but is currently enjoying a renaissance.

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Hardback Editions

March 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Somewhere in the Night
Author(s): Nicholas Christopher
ISBN: 0-684-82803-0 / 978-0-684-82803-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
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March 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir & the American City
Author(s): Nicholas Christopher
ISBN: 0-02-922915-4 / 978-0-02-922915-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press, 1997
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Paperback Editions

May 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City
Author(s): Nicholas Christopher
ISBN: 1-59376-097-3 / 978-1-59376-097-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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March 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City
Author(s): Nicholas Christopher
ISBN: 0-8050-5699-8 / 978-0-8050-5699-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the Underside of American Urban Life
Author(s): Nicholas Christopher
Publisher: Free Press
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