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ISBN10: 0879101970
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Book News Annotation:

An anthology of 22 seminal and contemporary essays on the art of noir in film, drawing together definitive studies and ruminations on the philosophy and techniques that made movies like The Maltese Falcon classics. The essays include the first English translation of "Towards a Definition of Film Noir," by Borde and Chaumeton, and Paul Shrader's "Notes on Film Noir." Other critical discussions examine narrative structure, lighting, the evolution of the femme fatale, and the neo-noir rebirth of the genre in films like Reservoir Dogs and Gun Crazy. Lots and lots of black and white (of course) photographs make this a film buff's dream collection.
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This bountiful anthology combines all the key early writings on film noir with many newer essays, including some published here for the first time. The collection is assembled by the editors of the Third Edition of Film Noir: An Enclyclopedic Reference to the American Style, now regarded as the standard work on the subject.

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Renee Hirshfield, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Renee Hirshfield)
In September I was visiting Portland to attend the Film Noir: Portland festival at the Hollywood Theatre. Naturally, I allowed lots of time for a pilgrimage to Powell's Books, and it was entirely fitting that while browsing, I found this book to add to my collection of all things related to film noir. This collection of essays is the first in the "Film Noir Reader" series; as such, it serves as an introduction to the most darkly fascinating filmmaking period in the U.S. as well as a study of specific films in the noir canon, such as Robert Siodmak's "Phantom Lady" (1944) and Otto Preminger's divinely perverse "Angel Face" (1952).

An anthology such as the "Film Noir Reader" allows a novice not only to gain some insight into film noir but also to become acquainted with representative examples. And how can anyone read about these intriguing movies without rushing to view them? Although I am fairly conversant in film noir, I value this book because it consolidates in one volume some of the best writing about the subject, including essays that are hard to come by otherwise. So whether you wonder why the fuss or you know already why film noir is endlessly fascinating, the "Film Noir Reader" is well worth buying.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780879101978
Editor:
Ursini, James
Author:
Ursini, James
Author:
Silver, Alain
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Film noir
Subject:
Film noir -- United States -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film noir -- United States.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Limelight ed.
Edition Description:
Limelight
Series:
Film Noir Reader
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
343
Dimensions:
8.98x6.03x1.01 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 343 pages Limelight Editions - English 9780879101978 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This bountiful anthology combines all the key early writings on film noir with many newer essays, including some published here for the first time. The collection is assembled by the editors of the Third Edition of Film Noir: An Enclyclopedic Reference to the American Style, now regarded as the standard work on the subject.
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