FILM NOIR AND PHILOSOPHY
The author discusses two-volume anthology of articles edited by Mark Conard – The Philosophy of Film Noir (2006) and The Philosophy of Neo-Noir (2007) – concerning the connections between film noir/neo-noir and philosophy and some contemporary streams of pop culture analysis. The authors of the texts link both noir phenomena with such philosophers as nihilistic and vitalistic Nietzsche, existentialistic Sartre, Kierkegaard or Heidegger, and with Marx and Freud. A reader can also find in the books some thoughts from the Frankfurt School (Horkheimer and Adorno) applied to some movies of the noir stream. There are some interesting notes in the Conard’s books – Wolfgang Schlott concludes – but the weakness of the anthology is the lack of a distinct binder joining all the texts and, as a consequence, the weak systematization of the discussed questions.