- A film noir német eredete? A filmtörténet és az ő imagináriusa
- Apertúra : Filmelméleti és Filmtörténeti Szakfolyóirat
- Volume | Issue number
- 2013 | Summer
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
A German Ancestry to Film Noir? Film History and its Imaginary
Regarding German expressionist film to be the connecting link between German immigrants to the US and American film noir has become one of the clichés of film history. It is important to note, however, that the relationship is founded on connecting two fundamentally different, and mostly imaginary histories. This is also what makes this system of relations interesting, not so much as fake history, rather as the epitome of the history of fakeness, or even of film’s imaginary. A lateral model of "interferences" has to accompany the linear model of "interaction", thus introducing the diverse imaginaries of "otherness". The only way to delineate the interferential history of film noir is to examine, through a series of individual studies, the circumstances that played a crucial role in the decision of German filmmakers to emigrate to the US.
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