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Anatomy of a metaphor
John M. Ganim

local habitation. The city of film noir , that is, is gothicised, acquiring the aura of the castle of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic novel, with its labyrinthine rooms, its menacing foreign antagonists and its atmosphere of sexual and racial confusion. Where the threat of Gothic romance, however, seems to emanate from a repressed and resurrected past, symbolised by the Middle Ages

in Medieval film