A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide

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(Applause Books). Featuring rumpled PIs, shyster lawyers, corrupt politicians, double-crossers, femmes fatales, and, of course, losers who find themselves down on their luck yet again, film noir is a perennially popular cinematic genre. This extensive encyclopedia describes movies from noir's earliest days and even before, looking at some of noir's ancestors in US and European cinema as well as noir's more recent offshoots, from neonoirs to erotic thrillers. Entries are arranged alphabetically, covering movies from all over the world from every
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Overview

(Applause Books). Featuring rumpled PIs, shyster lawyers, corrupt politicians, double-crossers, femmes fatales, and, of course, losers who find themselves down on their luck yet again, film noir is a perennially popular cinematic genre. This extensive encyclopedia describes movies from noir's earliest days and even before, looking at some of noir's ancestors in US and European cinema as well as noir's more recent offshoots, from neonoirs to erotic thrillers. Entries are arranged alphabetically, covering movies from all over the world from every continent save Antarctica with briefer details provided for several hundred additional movies within those entries. A copious appendix contains filmographies of prominent directors, actors, and writers. With coverage of blockbusters and program fillers from Going Straight (US 1916) to Broken City (US 2013) via Nora Inu (Japan 1949), O Anthropos tou Trainou (Greece 1958), El Less Wal Kilab (Egypt 1962), Reportaje a la Muerte (Peru 1993), Zift (Bulgaria 2008), and thousands more, A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir is an engrossing and essential reference work that should be on the shelves of every cinephile.
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Library Journal
01/01/2014
Grant (Masters of Animation) compiles 3,250 movie entries that touch on the many aspects of film noir. Arranged in alphabetical order by title, they include year; country; running time; main cast, director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer; and whether they are in black and white or color. Each entry features a short synopsis (sometimes with plot spoilers) and generally brief commentary. This book extends the parameters of traditional noir (Out of the Past; Double Indemnity) by including films that are usually considered in other genres. Comedies (Hot Fuzz and In Bruges), police procedurals (The French Connection and Se7en), and action films (The Bourne Identity and The Terminator) are examined. The uniting factor is a dark perspective and the idea of fate "which can seem…almost like an extra cast member." Bertolucci's Il Conformista (The Conformist), Wenders's Der Amerikanische Freund, aka The American Friend, based on Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game) and many other international films are covered. Titles are listed in their original language and then in English. Some older series are featured, such as Dead End Kids, Boston Blackie, and Edgar Wallace Mysteries but oddly, not Sherlock Holmes or Charlie Chan. Hitchcock films, which are suspense thrillers, are along for the ride with Vertigo and Rear Window, among others. The select bibliography offers more opportunities for finding out about the subject. This is a quirky mixed genre bag of noir in its many forms. If you shelve it near the DVDs, it will be helpful for movie advisory. VERDICT A solid current source for quick information.—Barbara Kundanis, Longmont P.L., CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557838315
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 765
  • Sales rank: 534,430
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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