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“After the uplifting parables that Hollywood churned out during World War II, the postwar genre called “film noir” validated a country’s creeping sense of alienation. Having witnessed firsthand the atrocities of war, veterans and civilians alike were drawn to noir’s cardinal themes of paranoia and pessimism—not as an empty stylistic stance, but as recognition of a hard-won existential truth. The genre’s detached anti-heroes and bleak environments offer psychic respite from American boosterism run amok, and remind audiences that, in victory or defeat, we never leave our shadows entirely behind.”
-- Ann Hornaday, Chief Film Critic, Washington Post
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