It's one of the most seminal examples of film noir, and remains a fascinating insight into attitudes and concerns of 1940s America. Christopher Mallon revisits this cinematic classic.
Film as text, senior secondary, Billy Wilder, James M Cain, hardboiled crime, Los Angeles, American cinema, cinema history, 1940s cinema, gender, femme fatale, sexuality, chiaroscuro lighting, ethics, justice, guilt, Out of the Past, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Detour, Mildred Pierce, In a Lonely Place.
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