When it appeared in France in 1955, "e;A Panorama of American Film Noir "e;was the first book ever on the genre. Now this classic is at last available in English translation. This clairvoyant study of Hollywood film noir is "e;a benchmark for all later work on the topic"e; (James Naremore). "e;A Panorama of American Film Noir "e;addresses the essential amorality of its subject from a decidedly Surrealist angle, focusing on noir s dreamlike, unwonted, erotic, ambivalent, and cruel atmosphere, and setting it in the social context of mid-century America.
Raymond Borde (b. 1920), founder of the Cinematheque de Toulouse, has written extensively on film history.
Etienne Chaumeton was the film critic of the Toulouse newspaper "e;La Depeche "e;until his recent death."e;