Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Another Book Down

Thomas Hibbs' Arts of Darkness is an interesting and in depth read about film noir and neo-noir and themes of the quest for redemption. He uses Blaise Pascal's concept of the hidden God as a framework for analyzing classic and more recent versions of film noir. Basically that the quest for redemption is in films like Double Indemnity, The Matrix, and American Beauty by their absence -- like the 800 lb. gorilla in the room no one talks about. Or, in the alternative, when they do talk about it they do so imperfectly or without the rhetorical tools to adequately deal with the issues in today's world of "happyness" and shallow emotional responses to substantive issues. A very good book -- it'll make you re-evaluate some of your favorite films.

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