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Investigates the fears and desires about sexuality and racial identity that
shape film noir.

NOIR ANXIETY
Kelly Oliver and Benigno Trigo
University of Minnesota Press | 352  pages | 2002
ISBN 0-8166-4109-9 | hardcover | $54.95
ISBN 0-8166-4110-2 | paperback | $19.95
 
Applying feminist and postcolonial psychoanalytic theory to traditional noir
films (Murder, My Sweet; The Lady from Shanghai; Vertigo; and Touch of Evil)
and the "neo-noirs" of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s (Chinatown, Devil in a
Blue Dress, and Bound), the authors uncover a rich array of unconscious
worries and desires about ambiguous sexual, racial, and national identities,
often displaced onto these filmsą narrative and stylistic components. In
particular, Oliver and Trigo focus on the looming absence of the mother
figure within the genre and fears about maternal sexuality and
miscegenation. 

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