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Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959

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The term film noir was first applied by French critics to a number of American films that made their way to France over a period of six weeks at the end of World War II. These films, such as The Maltese Falcon, Murder, My Sweet, This Gun for Hire and The Big Sleep, fascinated French moviegoers with their new breed of criminals - love-starved husbands and wives, local busin ...more
Hardcover, 551 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by McFarland & Company
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Peter William Warn
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

Michael F. Keaney knows what he's talking about when it comes to vintage black & white movies about tough guys, tougher dames and the dark worlds they inhabit. He combines a fan's enthusiasm with an accountant's eye for detail in an opinionated overview of the best and worst classic films noir.

Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959 is packed with detailed descriptions of movies listed alphabetically, from Abandoned (1949), which is about a woman (Gale Storm) looking for the
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Andy
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - Obviously a reference book, but I read it straight through. Like other reviewers, I quibble with many of Keaney's star ratings, but I was most disappointed - especially in talking about films that often have such an important visual component - that he *didn't* list the cinematographer for each film as he did the writer and director. Major oversight. I also got to the point that I really wasn't interested in which actors in these films appeared in television shows, especially since w ...more
Jim
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Helpful guide. Not sure why he gives 5 stars to Rear Window and only 4 to Rebecca. Both are 5 star films. Hard to figure out the rhyme or reason to his star system but I like the short synopses of films with the cast, director and year and I definitely give bonus points for his "Where do you know them from", his "Sensitivity Training Required" and his "Noir Moment" quotes.

This book is basically a reference work so it was slow going and took me two months. I just kept putting it down. But it woul
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Lynn
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book is more of an encyclopedic reference tool than anything substantive in the discussion of film noir. His range of included films is a bit too broad, but I appreciate his short plot summaries of each selection and the categories of noir type he assigns to each one. And, I really like to check off each movie I've seen in the margins of the book.
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