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Critical Bibliography Women in Film Noir

This book is good

for a study into the specific era of war and its consequences in film noir industry. Biesen

has done a thorough research and analysis on the films, rationale behind their

productions, film censorships, public response, film critics’ reviews, and the overall film

noir genre analysis. Some of her better insightful arguments were about the linkage

between the noir and espionage genre, and noir and realism. Biesen’s book is a

comprehensive, easy read. The shortcomings were that some facts were presented in a

didactic manner. Some information about how wartime filming locations were limited

and restricted was repetitively stressed to emphasize to excuse or justify the monotonous

backgrounds and settings.

&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp. Muller’s book is about the history of film noir and six of its women actresses.

Jane Greer, Coleen Gray, Evelyn Keyes,&nbsp. Ann Savage, Audrey Totter and Marie

Windsor. Each actress’ strengths and weaknesses is analyzed. It traced their personal

lives from the time they made their debut in Hollywood’s film noir until their greatest

triumphs in black film. Then, the narration lapsed, only to resume fifty years later. Muller

offered the interesting theory that the dark women of crime did not suffer from gender

role conflict. They were equals to men in criminal motivation and just as guilty. (Muller,

2001,&nbsp. p.1). This book is especially good for writing on the aftermath of actresses who

had roles in film noir. We can trace their career development in their personal histories

and determine.