COMM 452 - Kiss Me Deadly

COMM 452 - Kiss Me Deadly - Jake Unger COMM 452 Kiss Me...

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Jake Unger COMM 452 – Kiss Me Deadly 4/1/10 Kiss Me Deadly , a film created at the end of the noir cycle, embodies a majority of the techniques of the genre we have seen to date, “[a]nalogous themes, such as a general cultural alienation, individual isolation, and the destructive workings of desire, are, of course, the common hallmarks of film noir ” (Telotte 212). While all these thematic are easily decipherable within the film, they are overshadowed by the looming danger of nuclear annihilation, or a human induced apocalypse. The noir genre is associated with a male paranoid fantasy of a world that has become unbalanced and unrecognizable from the pre-WWII life. This new world involves changing roles of the family, women, culture, and new threats within society. While almost all the films we have seen to date deal with these themes, Kiss Me Deadly , is particularly notable for depicting the fifties “hotbed of political paranoia, fear of atomic annihilation, anti- communist hysteria and Eisenhowerian complacency” (Flinn 115). While it was common during
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