Out of the Past

Below you will find written and video materials to supplement your experience with this film. Be aware that some essays and video essays may contain spoilers.

Critical Essays

Out of the Past (RogerEbert.com)

‘Out of the Past’: The Quintessential Film Noir (Cinephilia & Beyond)

Out of the Past: Film Notes (NYS Writers Institute)

Film Noir and The American Tradition (Tufts)

Home of the weak: Out of the Past and four ways of framing film noir (BFI)

Robert Mitchum in Out of the Past (BAMF Style)

Contextual Reading

What Is Film Noir? Genre & Best Movies Explained

The Dark Beauty of Film Noir in 50 Perfect Shots

Notebook Primer: Film Noir

What is the Hays Code — Hollywood Production Code Explained

Jacques Tourneur on Val Lewton and Cinematic Escapism


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