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Encyclopedia of Film Noir

Geoff Mayer, Brian McDonnell

Greenwood Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0313333068 | Pages: 496 | PDF | 3.27 MB * "New Zealand-based film studies scholars Mayer and McDonnell list and describe approximately 130 films, actors, and directors of the film noir genre in alphabetically arranged entries. Along with classics such as Hitchcock's works, Chinatown, and Sunset Boulevard, this highly cross- referential text discusses newer noir such as Shallow Grave and Memento. Five essays open the book and expound on themes including noir's reflection on the McCarthy era and the influence of hard boiled detective fiction on the films of Bogart and his ilk."
— Reference & Research Book News November 2007
* "This work is highly recommended for academic and public libraries supporting film studies collections." — American Reference Books Annual 2008
* "Film authorities Mayer and McDonnell deliver a well-researched, comprehensive guide to film noir history. The first part of the encyclopedia provides five excellent essays on the genre, complete with references, and the second part has entries on films, actors, and directors. Covering both the classical film noir cycle (1939-59) and the modern neo-noir period (1959-present), this work assesses many old standards (High Sierra, Treasure of the Sierra Madre) and modern films (Body Heat, Chinatown). In addition, it covers low-budget films, black films, and representative British films. Big name actors and directors (Bogart, Stanwyck, Hitchcock) are profiled, as are some unlikely minor ones like Hugh Beaumont. Most entries vary in length from one to three pages, but the genre essays are much longer.... this one is hard to beat because of its broad focus, scholarly but readable style, and good organization. The essays on the film noir genre will appeal to academic libraries with film studies programs and public libraries with film aficionados. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." — Choice 2/1/2008
* "This is an essential book on any courses devoted to film studies and the cinema and, indeed, the essays will be excellent material for study in literary studies that include detective novels. The encyclopedia will be of interest in the public library for general readers, who will find details of their favourite 1940's films, even if some general readers may find the essays rather too academically inclined. Another marvellous film book!" — Reference Reviews August 2008
* "This is one of those rich resource books that's fun to have around, because you can open it to just about any page and find lively musings on a particular film or artist associated with noir....The writing is accessible, concise, and never pretentious, unlike other film-noir encyclopedias I've come across. Ultimately, the authors make a good point: you can't simplify noir." — The Santa Fe New Mexican September 19-25, 2008
When viewers think of film noir, they often picture actors like Humphrey Bogart playing characters like Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, the film based on the book by Dashiell Hammett. Yet film noir is a genre much richer.

The authors first examine the debate surrounding the parameters of the genre and the many different ways it is defined. They discuss the Noir City, its setting and backdrop, and also the cultural (WWII) and institutional (the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, and the Production Code Administration) influences on the subgenres.

An analysis of the low budget and series film noirs provides information on those cult classics. With over 200 entries on films, directors, and actors, the Encyclopedia of Film Noir is the most complete resource for film fans, students, and scholars.Table of Contents: * Introduction
:The Myths and Parameters of Film Noir
The Hard-Boiled Influence
Film Noir and the City
Film Noir Style
Films, Actors and Directors
Act of Violence
Aldrich, Robert
Among the Living
Andrews, Dana
Angel Face
Apology for Murder
Asphalt Jungle, The
Beaumont, Hugh
Bennett, Joan
Big Clock, The
Big Combo, The
Big Heat, The
Big Sleep, The
Black Angel
Blonde Ice
Blood Simple
Body Heat
Bogart, Humphrey
Born to Kill
Breaking Point, The
Brighton Rock
Brodie, Steve
Brothers, The
Brothers Rico, The
Burr, Raymond
Cash on Demand
Chase, The
Conte, Richard
Cook, Jr., Elisha
Corridors of Mirrors
Cosh Boy
Criminal, The
Criss Cross
Crooked Way, The
Cry of the City
Dance With a Stranger
Dark City
Dark Corner, The
Dark Passage
Daughter of Darkness
Dead Reckoning
Dear Murderer
Devil in a Blue Dress
Dmytryk, Edward
Double Indemnity
Duryea, Dan
Fallen Angel
Fallen Sparrow, The
Farrow, John
Fear in the Night
File on Thelma Jordan, The
Force of Evil
Ford, Glenn
Fuller, Sam
Garfield, John
Get Carter
Good Die Young, The
Goring, Marius
Grahame, Gloria
Great Day
Great Flamarion, The
Greer, Jane
Gun Crazy
Gynt, Greta
Hatters Castle
Hayden, Sterling
Heflin, Van
Hell Drivers
High Sierra
History of Violence, A
Hitchcock, Alfred
Hollow Triumph
House Across the Lake, The
Huston, John
I Wake Up Screaming
I Wouldnt Be In Your Shoes
In a Lonely Place
Interrupted Journey
It Always Rains on Sunday
Johnny OClock
Kansas City Confidential
Karlson, Phil
Killers, The
Killing, The
Kiss Me Deadly
Kiss of Death
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
L.A. Confidential
Ladd, Alan
Lake, Veronica
Lancaster, Burt
Lang, Fritz
Late Edwina Black, The
Leave Her to Heaven
Lewis, Joseph H.
Long Memory, The
Lupino, Ida
MacMurray, Fred
Macomber Affair, The
Macready, George
Man From Colorado, The
Mann, Anthony
Mark of Cain, The
Mason, James
Mildred Pierce
Mine Own Executioner
Mitchum, Robert
Money Trap, The
Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill
Murder, My Sweet
My Brothers Keeper
My Name is Julia Ross
Naked City
Neal, Tom
Night and the City
Night Has Eyes, The
Night Moves
Nightmare Alley
99 River Street
No Orchids For Miss Blandish
OBrien, Edmond
October Man, The
Odds Against Tomorrow
On Dangerous Ground
Out of the Past
Paris By Night
Payne, John
Phantom Lady
Pickup on South Street
Pink String and Sealing Wax
Point Blank
Portman, Eric
Postman Always Rings Twice, The
Powell, Dick
Preminger, Otto
Prowler, The
Raw Deal
Ray, Nicholas
Reckless Moment, The
Ride the Pink Horse
Robinson, Edward G..
Rocking Horse Winner, The
Ryan, Robert
Savage, Ann
Scandal Sheet
Scarlet Street.
Scott, Lizabeth
Set-Up, The
711 Ocean Drive
Seventh Veil, The
Seventh Victim, The
Shallow Grave
Sin City
Siodmak, Robert
Slightly Scarlet
So Dark the Night
So Evil My Love
Somewhere in the Night
Sorry, Wrong Number
Spider and the Fly, The
Stanwyck, Barbara
Stranger on the Third Floor
Street of Chance
Sunset Boulevard
Take My Life
Taxi Driver
They Made Me a Fugitive
They Wont Believe Me
Third Man, The
This Gun For Hire
Tierney, Gene
Todd, Ann
Totter, Audrey
Touch of Evil
Tourneur, Jacques
Trevor, Claire
True Confessions
Ulmer, Edgar
Under the Gun
Undercover Man, The
Where Danger Lives
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Widmark, Richard
Wilde, Cornel
Wilder, Billy
Windsor, Marie
Wings of the Dove, The
Winstone, Ray
Woman in the Window, The
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Excellent Work. Authoritative, professional approach to the Genre, one of the most
popular -and mistreated- among Film Publications. Starts with five superb Essays,
continues with the Encyclopedia, WHICH IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE, less than 200 Titles.
However, remarkably covers films until 2006 whenever most Works end in 1959.
Most interesting is the addition of low-budget,black and representative British Films.
Absorbing, detailed FilmNoir Profiles of many Stars and Filmmakers.

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