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Shadows of forgotten men. Film noir and the Great Depression's imagination: 'Murder, My Sweet'


  • Andrea Mattacheo

    () (Università di Torino - Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici)


The article will try to show how some stylistic and narrative practices of film noir can be related to the cognitive and sentimental mood of Great Depression’s years; using 'Murder, My Sweet' (1944) by E. Dmytryk, as case history. Dmytryk’s movie is apparently far from the ‘Depression text stereotype’, but it’s actually an amalgam of forms that were unthinkable before the ten years of economical and psychological crisis which shaped a new imagination in the us.

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  • Andrea Mattacheo, 2014. "Shadows of forgotten men. Film noir and the Great Depression's imagination: 'Murder, My Sweet'," History of Economic Ideas, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa - Roma, vol. 22(3), pages 167-178.
  • Handle: RePEc:hid:journl:v:22:y:2014:3:9:p:167-178

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