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Film Noir FAQ: All That's Left to Know about Hollywood's Golden Age of Dames, Detectives and Danger

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(FAQ). Film Noir FAQ celebrates and reappraises some 200 noir thrillers representing 20 years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Noir pulls us close to brutal cops and scheming dames, desperate heist men and hardboiled private eyes, and the unlucky innocent citizens that get in their way. These are exciting movies with tough guys in trench coats and hot tomatoes in form-fitting go ...more
Paperback, 419 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Applause
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Chris Sienko
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If, like me, you find film noir a fascinating but ultimately inaccessible genre due to its prolificity and similarly-named titles (How would I know to avoid Black Angel but embrace Blue Dahlia?), you've probably pined for a noir sherpa to lead you through the morass. Friends, Dave Hogan is that sherpa. Combing through over 200 films from around 1940 (the unofficial start of what's now known as the noir golden era) through 1960 (Hogan compellingly cites Hitchcock's "Psycho" as a culmination of no ...more
Lynn
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It took me months to read this book because I stopped to watch the movies I was interested in before I read his synopsis. I have seen many of the films covered in the book over the years, but thankfully due to the increased availability of older movies, I can see many, many more.

The author didn't break any new ground in the arena of film noir studies - a genre whose definition is both broad and elusive at the same time. But, for anyone looking for a straightforward overview of films primarily co
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