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  • Irony In 'The Big Sleep, Oedipus The King'

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    forgotten hack. He was immediately followed by Dashiell Hammett, who brought real talent to the genre and gave it literary credentials” (Penzler). Daly also created one of the first series of private eye novels, topping Hammett as one of the most famous authors of that time. Not soon after, the author of “The Big Sleep”, Raymond Chandler, closely trails after Hammett in his novel writing becoming vastly popular. “Raymond Chandler followed Hammett with his immortal Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep

  • Biography Of John Huston

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    a hit. With that incentive he wrote High Sierra which became a resounding success under the direction of Raoul Walsh and made a star of the little know actor (at that time), Humphrey Bogart. In his directorial debut in 1941, Huston work on a Dashiell Hammett detective story, The Maltese Falcon. This was a risk as two previous movie versions of this novel had been box office failures, so Warner was taking a gamble on Huston's ability to avoid the problems that plagued the previous versions. The bet

  • Dames, Coppers, and Crooks: A L:ook At Film Noir

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    Dames, Coppers, and Crooks: A Look At Film Noir Film noir is a style of black and white American films that first evolved in the 1940s, became prominent in the post-war era, and lasted in a classic “Golden Age” period until about 1960. Frank Nino, a French film critic, first coined the label film noir, which literally means black film or cinema, in 1946. Nino noticed the trend of how “dark” and black the looks and themes were of many American crime and detective films released in France following

  • McCarthyism

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    The Alien Registration Act passed by Congress on 29th June, 1940, made it illegal for anyone in the United States to advocate, abet, or teach the desirability of overthrowing the government. The law also required all alien residents in the United States over 14 years of age to file a comprehensive statement of their personal and occupational status and a record of their political beliefs. Within four months a total of 4,741,971 aliens had been registered. The main objective of the Alien Registration

  • Does Justice Always Prevail

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    Everybody has their own opinion of what is just, but what does that really mean? The dictionary definition of justice is fairness. Something can be unfair to one person, but fair to a society. This is what exactly was thought at the time of the McCarthy trials. The same thing happened in the play The Crucible, where there was no true evidence to determine what was fair. In my life there were times where the outcome was not just. Does justice always prevail? This means, does fairness always happen

  • Paint It Black: The Evolution of Film Noir

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    originally coined by French critic Nino Frank in 1946.. The author of “Film Noir”, Bruce Crowther, points out that “in some cases, the movies were based upon the work of such novelists and short-story writes as James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The work of these and other American writers of the tough-guy and hard-boiled schools were published in France…The prevailing atmosphere of pessimism and doom in these new romans noire translated with ease to the medium of film and prompted

  • Raymond Chandler: Reality or Fantasy?

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    Detective stories are closely linked with mystery and investigation. One must use clues and intuition to put pieces of a puzzle together for their case. Similarly, solving a case is like knowing a person. A dubious, shady, and secretive person is hard to get to know. In order to find out who they really are, one must closely examine their life. A person that exemplifies this, is RaymondChandler. Chandler was one of the leading writers of hard-boiled detective fiction in his time period. He was an

  • The High Window and The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler

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    The High Window and The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler Raymond Chandler, along with Dashiell Hammett, invented what is now known as modern detective literature. Chandler excelled in the art, creating "wise-cracking" cynical "private *censored*s," such as Philip Marlowe. Marlowe and Sam Spade are what shall forever be the standard Private eye with razor sharp wit, keen intellect, and the blatant disregard for authority. Philip Marlowe is the smooth talking yet sentimental private eye

  • Feminism In The Maltese Falcon And The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

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    and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Feminism in America was depicted in various books and films that made use of situations and events to show how women and men relate with each other and how women are perceived and treated in the society. Dashiell Hammett wrote one such book, The Maltese Falcon. In this book, the author uses male and female characters subjected to different conditions to bring out the view and expectation regarding women of the American society at that time (Gates, 9). In The

  • The Church of Scientology

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    “I'd like to start a religion. That's where the money is.” L Ron Hubbard The Church of Scientology began in the year 1953 and is one of the world's newest religions. In this essay I will address three questions: Who was L Ron Hubbard? What is the doctrine of Scientology? How does Scientology qualify as a religion? Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was born on March 13, 1911 in the town of Tilden, Nebraska and died on January 24, 1986. His nickname growing up was “Flash,” but later in life he was