Film Noir Reader

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Alain Silver, James Ursini
Hal Leonard Corporation, 1996 - Performing Arts - 343 pages
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(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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Contents

Towards a Definition of Film Noir
17
Noir Cinema
27
The Family Tree of the Film Noir
37
Notes on Film Noir
53
Some Visual Motifs of Film Noir
65
Existential Motifs in the Film Noir
77
A Modest Proposal
95
Out of What Past? Notes on the B film noir
107
the Films Noir of Anthony Mann
189
Expressionist Doom in Night and the City
203
Evidence of a Style
209
The Long Goodbye and Hickey and Boggs
237
Film Noir Voiceover and the Femme Fatale
243
What is This Thing Called Noir?
261
Angst at Sixty Fields per Second
275
Miami Vice The Legacy of Film Noir
289

Phantom Lady Cornell Woolrich and the Masochistic Aesthetic
129
Anonymous Noir
145
Premingers Angel Face
161
Expressiveness of Sound and Image in Film Noir
177
Movement becomes Genre
307
NeoFilm Noir and the NeoB Picture
331
Notes on Contributors
339
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About the author (1996)

Alain Silver and James Ursini are the authors of Film Noir: The Encyclopedia. Alain Silver is also the author of The Samurai Film, and co-author of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles (all available from Overlook).

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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