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Monday, 5 March 2018

Perspectives That Choke


         At the heart of Night and the City is a master trope ; the urban labyrinth. Cities in Films Noir are not simply dangerous or bristling with iconographic menace - they are visualized as death traps, spaces from which there can be no escape. This common pattern finds summary expression in Dassin's film. Nearly every architectural setting is crammed with grids, frames, cul-de-sacs, narrow stairways, perspectives that choke off the mobility and freedom of human subjects.

excerpt from 
Night and the City - In the Labyrinth
Paul Arthur  2015

image
Googie Withers - Night and the City
1950

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