Our third issue focuses on the evolution of the classic noir film movement from the 1940s into neo-noir. Principles stayed the same, but artistic changes happened with a broader color palette, a new set of auteurs, changing social mores, and greater explicitness impacting every genre of film–and perhaps especially, neo-noir.
Brynn Artley begins this issue with “Dirty Harry: The Changing Masculine Ideal of 1970s America,” examining Clint Eastwood as the hardboiled detective Harry Callahan and his representation as that of a change in protagonist masculinity. Blake Gasner discusses the “neon-noir” artistic flair of Nicholas Winding Refn’s 2011 film in “Drive: Eye-Popping Neon-Noir for the 2010s.” Sara Manning analyzes the changes in neo-noir protagonists as exhibited by Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom in Dan Gilroy’s 2014 film “Nightcrawler: Empathy for the Anti-Hero.” Lastly, Brynn Artley looks into revisiting neo-noir decades later, in Denis Villenueve’s 2017 sequel “Blade Runner 2049: Revisiting the Future.”
Stay tuned for our upcoming coverage of the 2018 Mountainfilm Film Festival from Telluride, Colorado, beginning May 24.