Film Noir Reader

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Alain Silver, James Ursini
Hal Leonard Corporation, 1996 - Performing Arts - 343 pages
23 Reviews
(Limelight). 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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User Review  - Scott W. - Goodreads

I'm not a film student, just a film noir fan, and this book seems aimed at the former. With that said though, I did enjoy several of the essays in the first section. Read full review

Review: Film Noir Reader

User Review  - Goodreads

I'm not a film student, just a film noir fan, and this book seems aimed at the former. With that said though, I did enjoy several of the essays in the first section. Read full review


Towards a Definition of Film Noir
Noir Cinema
The Family Tree of the Film Noir
Notes on Film Noir
Some Visual Motifs of Film Noir
Existential Motifs in the Film Noir
A Modest Proposal
Out of What Past? Notes on the B film noir
the Films Noir of Anthony Mann
Expressionist Doom in Night and the City
Evidence of a Style
The Long Goodbye and Hickey and Boggs
Film Noir Voiceover and the Femme Fatale
What is This Thing Called Noir?
Angst at Sixty Fields per Second
Miami Vice The Legacy of Film Noir

Phantom Lady Cornell Woolrich and the Masochistic Aesthetic
Anonymous Noir
Premingers Angel Face
Expressiveness of Sound and Image in Film Noir
Movement becomes Genre
NeoFilm Noir and the NeoB Picture
Notes on Contributors

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About the author (1996)

Alain Silver is the author of The Samurai Film and Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles (with Elizabeth Ward). Among his other books, co-authored with James Ursini, are The Noir Style, The Vampire Film, Film Noir (Taschen), More Things than are Dreamt Of, L.A. Noir, and director studies of David Lean, Robert Aldrich and Roger Corman. He is co-editor of Film Noir: The Encyclopedia, four Film Noir Readers, Horror Film Reader, Gangster Film Reader and a contributor to Film Noir and Philosophy. Forthcoming are Where Danger Lives: Film Noir Graphics and Film Noir: the Directors. His produced screenplays include Kiss Daddy Goodbye, the Showtime feature Time at the Top, and an adaptation of Dostoevsky's White Nights, which he also directed. Selected feature credits as a producer include Crashing, Beat, Cyborg2, 10th & Wolf, Night Visitor, and Palmer's Pick-up. He has been a guest lecturer at film noir retrospectives in Palm Springs, Detroit, and Santa Fe, New Mexico and served as a moderator and panelist for numerous presentations sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the American Film Market, and at the Torino, Cinequest, Pacific Northwest, Slamdance and Los Angeles Film Festivals. He has been interviewed as an expert on Raymond Chandler, film noir, the samurai film and vampire films for documentary programming produced by the BBC; TV-Ontario; E! Entertainment Television; Channel Four, UK; ZDF/Germany; Starz/Encore channel; the Sci-Fi Channel; the American Movie Channel and KCET Los Angeles. His DVD work includes audio or video commentaries for over two dozen titles from Warner Bros., 20th-Century Fox and Criterion including David Lean's Hobson's Choice and numerous classic period film noir such as Murder, My Sweet, Out of the Past, Thieves' Highway, Call Northside 777, Panic in the Streets, The Dark Corner, Laura, Double Indemnity, Kiss of Death, The Street with No Name, Crossfire, Lady in the Lake, Nightmare Alley, Brute Force, Tension, Mystery Street and Where Danger Lives. His essays accompany the Criterion releases of Samurai Spy and The Seven Samurai. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America west and Directors Guild of America and holds degrees in Theater Arts/Motion Pictures from U.C.L.A.

Alain Silver is the author of The Samurai Film and the coauthor of fifteen other books, including Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, and two screenplays. He has written numerous articles for the Los Angeles Times, DGA Magazine, Film Comment, and Photon. He has also produced nine independent features and over fifty soundtrack albums, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. James Ursini has contributed to various publications including Cinema, Femme Fatales, Mediascene, and Photon. Together, they are the coauthors of eleven books, among them the Film Noir Reader series, Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style, and The Noir Style. They both live in Santa Monica.

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