A wave of fatalistic crime sagas crossed with cynical love stories flooded B-movie houses in the late 1940s and '50s, offering a pointed rebuttal to the cherished myth of the postwar economic miracle -- namely, that a rising tide lifts all boats. These dark pictures spoke to people who'd never drawn a 10, let alone an ace: war vets and waitresses, bookies and bad girls, loners and loose cannons. Likewise, the rediscovery and ratification of film noir in the 1980s and '90s coincided with another boom time that, nonetheless, left many Americans behind. But in 2005, with diminished expectations the new status quo and our faith in fairness pretty well extinguished, can the downbeat deviousness of the genre... More >>>