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Ideology and Neo-noir: political discourses and the cinematic mode of production in Hollywood cinema

  • Author / Creator
    Lang, Cody M
  • Abstract The following thesis deals with American cinema in the 1970s. The author will analyze several films from the neo-noir genre and compare and contrast them to film noir from the classical cycle in Hollywood cinema. There will be a discussion of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) in terms of their ideological and political discourses in relation to American society. There will be another discussion on private detective films made in the seventies: Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973), Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), and Arthur Penn’s Night Moves (1975). This discussion will focus on the ideological and political discourses in the films and relate them to American society. There will also be a discussion of private detective films from the classical period of Hollywood with a comparison to private detective films made in the 1970s.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R30P61
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Sociology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Mookerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
    • Datta, Ronjon P. (Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Tinic, Serra (Sociology)
    • Szeman, Imre (English and Film Studies)