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Tech-Noir Film

A Theory of the Development of Popular Genres

From the postapocalyptic world of Blade Runner to theJames Cameron mega-hit Terminator, tech-noir has emerged as a distinct genre, with roots in both the Promethean myth and the earlier popular traditions of gothic, detective, and science fiction. In this new volume, many well-known film and literary works—including The Matrix, RoboCop, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—are discussed with reference to their relationship to tech-noir and one another. Featuring an extensive, clearly indexed filmography, Tech-Noir Film will be of great interest to anyone wishing to learn more about the development of this new and highly innovative genre.

492 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2011

Film Studies

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary Hoppenstand

Chapter 1: Methods and Models
Chapter 2: The Promethean Message
Chapter 3: Tech-Noir
Appendix 1: Charts
Appendix 2: Tech-Noir Films by Date
Appendix 3: Tech-Noir Films by Type

Index 1: Film Titles
Index 2: Film Motifs

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