Dark City Dames

Author: Eddie Muller
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
ISBN: 0060988541
Release Date: 2002-07-01
Genre: Performing Arts

The author of Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir introduces readers to the genre's sizzling femme fatales, from Jane Greer and Claire Trevor to Ann Savage and Evelyn Keyes. Reprint.

Dark City

Author: Eddie Muller
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312180764
Release Date: 1998-05-15
Genre: Performing Arts

Examines the movies and artists of film noir, describing the social climate and artistic skills that contributed to the genre

The Art of Noir

Author: Eddie Muller
ISBN: 1585670731
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles

Collects more than 250 studio-commissioned poster art, lobby cards, and other promotional materials from the noir era for such movies as Out of the Past, Tough of Evil, and The Big Sleep. 10,000 first printing.

Shadow Boxer

Author: Eddie Muller
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 0743214447
Release Date: 2003-01-07
Genre: Fiction

Stumbling upon evidence that suggests the person convicted of murdering his lover is innocent, Billy Nichols uncovers what may be a larger conspiracy involving the fight clubs.

NOIR CITY Annual 9

Author: Eddie Muller
ISBN: 0692808329
Release Date: 2017-01-20

A perfect-bound compendium of essays, interviews, profiles, tributes, and reviews selected from the 2016 issues of NOIR CITY, a quarterly e-magazine exploring all aspects of cinema's most stylish and durable artistic movement - FILM NOIR


Author: Eddie Muller
Publisher: St Martins Press
ISBN: 0312146094
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Performing Arts

Chronicles decades of low-budget films featuring sex and sensation originally screened in low-rent venues known as "grindhouses"

Gun Crazy

Author: Eddie Muller
ISBN: 0692260269
Release Date: 2014-11-14

GUN CRAZY: THE ORIGIN OF AMERICAN OUTLAW CINEMA examines the history of the extraordinary 1950 film, from its genesis as a Saturday Evening Post short story through its tumultuous production history to its eventual enshrinement as one of the most influential cult films of all time.

That s Sexploitation

Author: Eddie Muller
ISBN: 1852868740
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Americans

A history of exploitation cinema from low budget pictures of the 1930s and 40s through an era of 'nudie cuties' and into the days of free love and beyond. Portraits of the artists and auteurs behind the films are provided including: Russ Meyer, Dwain Esper, Radley Metzger and The Mitchell Brothers.

The Dark Side of the Screen

Author: Foster Hirsch
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780786726776
Release Date: 2008-11-25
Genre: Performing Arts

A revised and updated edition of the definitive study of film noir—the most original genre of American cinema—with a new afterword by the author Since The Dark Side of the Screen first appeared over two decades ago, it has served as the essential take on what has become one of today’s most pervasive screen influences and enduringly popular genres. Covering over one hundred outstanding films and offering more than two hundred carefully chosen stills, it is by far the most thorough and entertaining study available of noir themes, visual motifs, character types, actors, and directors. This landmark work covers noir in full, from the iconic performances of Burt Lancaster, Joan Crawford, and Humphrey Bogart to the camera angles, lighting effects, and story lines that characterize the work of directors Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles. With a new afterword about the lasting legacy of noir as well as recently rediscovered films deserving of their own screenings alongside the classics, The Dark Side of the Screen reestablishes itself as both an unsurpassed resource and a captivating must-read for any fan of noir.

Encyclopedia of Film Noir

Author: Geoff Mayer
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313333068
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Performing Arts

Film noir, its directors, actors, histories, and themes, are presented for the student, scholar, and film fan.

The Street Was Mine

Author: M. Abbott
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781403970015
Release Date: 2002-12-19
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book considers a recurrent figure in American literature: the solitary white man moving through urban space. The descendent of Nineteenth-century frontier and western heroes, the figure re-emerges in 1930-50s America as the 'tough guy'. The Street Was Mine looks to the tough guy in the works of hardboiled novelists Raymond Chandler ( The Big Sleep ) and James M. Cain ( Double Indemnity ) and their popular film noir adaptations. Focusing on the way he negotiates racial and gender 'otherness', this study argues that the tough guy embodies the promise of an impervious white masculinity amidst the turmoil of the Depression through the beginnings of the Cold War, closing with an analysis of Chester Himes, whose Harlem crime novels ( For Love of Imabelle ) unleash a ferocious revisionary critique of the tough guy tradition.

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

Author: Robert Miklitsch
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252096518
Release Date: 2014-09-15
Genre: Performing Arts

Consider the usual view of film noir: endless rainy nights populated by down-at-the-heel boxers, writers, and private eyes stumbling toward inescapable doom while stalked by crooked cops and cheating wives in a neon-lit urban jungle. But a new generation of writers is pushing aside the fog of cigarette smoke surrounding classic noir scholarship. In Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir, Robert Miklitsch curates a bold collection of essays that reassesses the genre's iconic style, history, and themes. Contributors analyze the oft-overlooked female detective and little-examined aspects of filmmaking like love songs and radio aesthetics, discuss the significance of the producer and women's pulp fiction, as well as investigate Disney noir and the Fifties heist film, B-movie back projection and blacklisted British directors. At the same time the writers' collective reconsideration unwinds the impact of hot-button topics like race and gender, history and sexuality, technology and transnationality. As bracing as a stiff drink, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands writes the future of noir scholarship in lipstick and chalk lines for film fans and scholars alike.

Film Noir Guide

Author: Michael F. Keaney
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786491551
Release Date: 2015-05-20
Genre: Performing Arts

More than 700 films from the classic period of film noir (1940 to 1959) are presented in this exhaustive reference book—such films as The Accused, Among the Living, The Asphalt Jungle, Baby Face Nelson, Bait, The Beat Generation, Crossfire, Dark Passage, I Walk Alone, The Las Vegas Story, The Naked City, Strangers on a Train, White Heat, and The Window. For each film, the following information is provided: the title, release date, main performers, screenwriter(s), director(s), type of noir, thematic content, a rating based on the five-star system, and a plot synopsis that does not reveal the ending.

Historical Dictionary of Film Noir

Author: Andrew Spicer
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810873788
Release Date: 2010-03-19
Genre: Performing Arts

The Historical Dictionary of Film Noir is a comprehensive guide that ranges from 1940 to present day neo-noir. It consists of a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on every aspect of film noir and neo-noir, including key films, personnel (actors, cinematographers, composers, directors, producers, set designers, and writers), themes, issues, influences, visual style, cycles of films (e.g. amnesiac noirs), the representation of the city and gender, other forms (comics/graphic novels, television, and videogames), and noir's presence in world cinema. It is an essential reference work for all those interested in this important cultural phenomenon.

Complicated Women

Author: Mick LaSalle
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781466876972
Release Date: 2014-08-05
Genre: Performing Arts

Between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema were modern! For five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers and, in general, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968. Before then, women on screen had come in two varieties - good or bad - sweet ingenue or vamp. Then two stars came along to blast away these common stereotypes. Garbo turned the femme fatale into a woman whose capacity for love and sacrifice made all other human emotions seem pale. Meanwhile, Norma Shearer succeeded in taking the ingenue to a place she'd never been: the bedroom. Garbo and Shearer took the stereotypes and made them complicated. In the wake of these complicated women came others, a deluge of indelible stars - Constance Bennett, Ruth Chatterton, Mae Clarke, Claudette Colbert, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis, Ann Harding, Jean Harlow, Miriam Hopkins, Dorothy Mackaill, Barbara Stanywyck, Mae West and Loretta Young all came into their own during the pre-Code era. These women pushed the limits and shaped their images along modern lines. Then, in July 1934, the draconian Production Code became the law in Hollywood and these modern women of the screen were banished, not to be seen again until the code was repealed three decades later. Mick LaSalle, film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, takes readers on a tour of pre-Code films and reveals how this was the true golden age of women's films and how the movies of the pre-Code are still worth watching. The bold, pioneering and complicated women of the pre-Code era are about to take their place in the pantheon of film history, and America is about to reclaim a rich legacy.