Film noir (literally “black film”) countered the optimism of escapist Hollywood musicals and comedies by portraying seedy, two-bit criminals and seductive femmes fatale amid doom-laden urban landscapes, giving post-war audiences a peek into the alleys and backrooms of a world filled with corruption. The desperation and hopelessness of the protagonists’ Situation are reflected in a visual style which drenches the world in shadows and rare bursts of sunlight. Film noir depicts characters trying to elude a mysterious past that continues to haunt them, hunting them down with a teasing fatalism before delivering the final blow. It reflected American post-war anxiety fueled by the “Communist menace” and concerns about rapid societal changes.
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When UC San Diego music professor emeritus Cecil Lytle plays the piano, you can’t help but pay attention. His commanding figure is a sharp contrast to his elegance and poise. He’s been called a renaissance man for his innovative work, which is on display in his latest concert “Still We Rise.” The program features music […]
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