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Film Noir: Films of Trust and Betrayal (Pocket Essentials) [Paperback]

Paul Duncan
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Essentials; 2nd Revised and Expanded ed edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904048676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904048671
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 showed how it corrupted the good and the beautiful. Many of these films are now touchstones of what we regard as 'classic' Hollywood - "The Maltese Falcon"(1941), "The Big Sleep"(1946), "Double Indemnity"(1944) and "The Postman Always Rings Twice"(1946). This Pocket Essential charts the progression of the noir style as a vehicle for film-makers, who wanted to record the darkness at the heart of American society as it emerged from World War into Cold War. As well as an introductory essay on the origins of Film Noir, this Pocket Essential discusses all the classics from the heyday of the movement in detail and includes a handy reference section for readers who want to know more.

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Almost everything you need to know in one essential guide.

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 allusive mixture of stark lighting and even starker emotions. Noir explored the dark side of post-war society - gangsters, hoodlums, prostitutes and killers - and showed how it corrupted the good and the beautiful. Many of these films are now touchstones of what we regard as 'classic' Hollywood - The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Big Sleep (1946), Double Indemnity (1944), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

The Pocket Essential Film Noir charts the progression of the noir style as a vehicle for film-makers who wanted to record the darkness at the heart of American society as it emerged from World War to the Cold War.

What's in this book? As well as an introductory overview of the origins of film noir, this Pocket Essential discusses all the classics from the heyday of the movement and includes a handy reference section for readers who want to know more.

Paul Duncan edited The Third Degree: Crime Writers in Conversation, and has written pocket essentials on Stanley Kubrick,Alfred Hitchcock and Noir Fiction.

Packed with facts, opinionated and crammed with information, Pocket Essentials are the perfect companion to film and pop culture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A concise and essential companion to Film Noir 25 Jan 2002
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What is Film Noir ? How did it start ? Which films are the best in the genre ? The answer to these questions and many more can be found in Paul Duncan's "Film Noir."
The book forms part of the Pocket Essentials series which covers actors, directors and genres in handy size volumes of around 100 pages. Easy to digest and very informative.
"Film Noir" contains in depth plotlines on sven classic Noir movies from "Stranger On The Third Floor"(1940) to Hitchcock's "Vertigo"(1958). The reviews may be opinionated, but are detailed and fascinating. Duncan's comments are witty and honest, even if you don't agree with them all.
T book provides an overview of the genre's history in addition to a list of pre and post Noir titles.
The most useful aspect of this guide for regular Noir watchers, and especially those new to this genre, is the forty page review of Film Noir titles from 1940 to 1960. These are at most a few lines each, but cover essential infomation including directors, cast, writers, plotlines and alternative US and UK release titles.
Next time you're wondering if it's worth watching one of those late night black and white movies pick up this guide and let it help you decide.
I may disagree with some of Duncan's views...I think "Roadblock" is a classic film noir, while "Night Of The Hunter" is an overrated pice of tosh where style suffocates content.
Yet, strangely enough this book is my most thumbed film guide. Why not make it yours too ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'ESSENTIAL' IS RIGHT. 20 Oct 2011
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Why do I prefer this briefer-than-brief guide to other, more comprehensive efforts? Simply because it has a minimum of (often irritating) analysis & is very easy to pick up & put down. (In common with another reviewer, my copy is extremely well-thumbed).

Only criticisms:-
a) It could do with updating (last reprinted 2006). In the UK Noir section, particularly, there are glaring omissions (Heatwave, Woman in question, Blackout, The Impersonator, to name but a few),
b) Way of all flesh, a 1940 film starring Akim Tamiroff & Gladys George, is also omitted (in common with just about every Noir guide). This is one of my favourite movies of any genre & deserves to be better known.

However, despite these flaws, I would recommend this item to anyone with an interest in Noir. To the revewer who said the information is available elsewhere - yes, but not in such a handy, concise format, nor so reasonable priced. Me, I wouldn't be without it!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless 29 April 2008
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Whilst any title in the "Pocket Book Essentials" series is always going to be brief and should only really act as a primer for the uninitiated; the author here struggles to pin-down what "film-noir" actually is/was and proceeds to give half a dozen so-so reviews of films seemingly picked at random (several of which shouldn't really qualify for inclusion). At least 50% of the book is then taken up with lists of information that is freely available elsewhere.

A rip-off, even at the admittedly low R.R.P.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy, quick reference to Film Noir 6 Sep 2000
By S. Howe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As someone who likes to dabble in film studies and is looking for some guidance into watching films with a more critical eye, this is an excellent, little introduction into Film Noir. The author gives a brief history (we are talking about only a handful of pages) of film noir and follows up by summarizing and analizing seven films that help define the genre. None of this is meant to be comprehensive, but it does serve to give the reader a good feel for the entire film genre. Perhaps the best feature of the book is a 40+ page, annotated listing of Film Noir films--a great feature for any one wanting to watch more Film Noir but not knowing which titles to start with.
My only complaint is that the writing is often fragmented and not always thoroughly worked through. It seems to me that there could have been some more editorial guidance in creating the final product.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for extensive list of noir titles 19 Nov 2001
By "billmacv" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
These brief vademecums, or "idiots'" guides, are generally a waste of time and money. This one, however, provides a valuable consumer resource: an extensive list of films noirs, with minimal information (director, studio, one or two starring actors, year, brief plot summary). It's far more complete a list than is contained (for instance) in the venerable compendium Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, and it helps to identify films of interest that may be coming up on cable movie channels at 4a.m. Plus, it's cheap enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but good. 12 Dec 2012
By Gregory Alan Sweitzer - Published on Amazon.com
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As other reviewers have noted, much of the value of this book is its extensive list of film noir titles. The reviews, though quite brief, are well-written. Some problems with the formatting have created inappropriate hyphens.
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