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Film Noir (The Pocket Essentials: Film)

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The laconic private eye . . . the corrupt cop . . . the heist that goes wrong . . . the femme fatale with the rich husband and dim lover—all are trademark characters of the movement known as film noir, that elusive mixture of stark lighting and even starker emotions. "Noir" explores the dark side of post-war society—gangsters, hoodlums, prostitutes, and killers—and shows h ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published June 30th 2000 by Pocket Essentials
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Jul 09, 2008 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hardcore noir fans!
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Paul Duncan writes great TV Guide-size booklets that catalogue his favorite film genres. This ones pretty good if you want to follow film noir. I like the way he sets films into sub-categories, i.e. "Laura" = Obsessive Noir, "Odds Against Tomorrow" = Racial Heist Noir, "Scarlet Street" = Nightmare Noir, etc. Aren't they all?
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Handy, cool reference. Actually, quite thorough given the size of the book.

Used this as a quick reference for film history classes in grad school.
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