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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book contains a bibliography and extensive filmography. It describes the distinctiveness of film noir or neo-noir within its respective national cinema at particular moments, but also discusses its interaction with American film noir and neo-noir. The book focuses on the significant similarities and differences that emerge in these accounts of the various European film noirs, and on the nature of this dialogue, which suggests the need to understand film noir as a transnational cultural phenomenon. It examines some necessary preliminaries: the problems of defining film noir and the reasons why it has almost always been regarded solely as an American form. The book concludes with some way to rectifying the negligence of neo-noir and provides the inspiration for further work that examines other European noir and neo-noir cinemas.

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