Not a comback: the persistence of decadence in film noir
In this thesis, I will argue that the decadent movement survives in twentieth-century America through noir films, or what I refer to as �??noir decadence.�?� However, noir films make decadence more accessible to a wider audience through a change in perspective and more complicated depictions of class and gender. The first section of this thesis, �??The Decadence of Film Noir,�?� compares and contrasts fin-de-si??cle decadence and noir decadence through the noir film Sunset Boulevard. This section also discusses the shift in the narrator�??s perspective to set up the discussion of narrative structure, characters, and how they come together to form a perspective that makes decadence accessible to mass audiences. �??Narrative Structure,�?� the second section, examines the way fin-de-si??cle decadent narratives are constructed and how that relates to noir decadence. The third section, �??Primary Characters,�?� discusses the noir detective archetype, the fin-de-si??cle decadent dandy, and the shared character of the �??femme fatale.�?� Finally, the conclusion extends noir decadence into the twenty-first-century and examines the perseverance of decadence in neo-noir films.