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The Red and the Black The Red and the Black American Film Noir in the 1950s Robert Miklitsch © 2017 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois All rights reserved 1 2 3 4 5 c p 5 4 3 2 1 ∞ This book is printed on acid-free paper. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Miklitsch, Robert, 1953- author. Title: The red and the black : American film noir in the 1950s / Robert Miklitsch. Description: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2016. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: lccn 2016026159 (print) | lccn 2016042419 (ebook) | isbn 9780252040689 (hardback) | isbn 9780252082191 (paperback) | isbn 9780252099120 (e-book) Subjects: lcsh: Film noir—United States—History and criticism. | bisac: performing arts / Film & Video / History & Criticism. | performing arts / Film & Video / Direction & Production. | history / Social History. Classification: lcc pn1995.9.f54 m545 2016 (print) | lcc pn1995.9.f54 (ebook) | ddc 791.43/6556—dc23 lc record available at For Red Badge Detective readers everywhere and for my mother, Catherine B. Miklitsch (1925–2016), a native of Niagara Falls, who instilled in me an appreciation, deep as life itself, of poetry and the love that moves the sun and all the stars But the problem of film criticism, like art criticism, arises because it is a genre which does not exist in its own right. All great art critics have been poets. —Jean-Luc Godard I see a red door and I want it painted black No colors anymore, I want them to turn black —“Paint It Black,” Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, 1966) ...


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