Neo Noir: The Boundaries of Cinema Masculinity

In film noir, the tussle between male and female characters defines the narrative. How has this issue transformed between the birth of neo noir and today?

  • Interesting topic! I think that if you want to look at masculine identity in noir, you definitely have to parallel it to the particular femininity portrayed in those films. The woman is often a femme fatale, strong-headed, aware of her sexual power and manipulative. Whereas the man is the one who gets trapped, who seems unable to get a grip on his life. How is that different today? Did these power relations change? – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 7 years ago

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