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4.0 out of 5 stars A concise and essential companion to Film Noir
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.
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Published on 25 Jan 2002 by Mr. W. Lynas

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1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
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...
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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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Mr. W. Lynas "Bill Lynas" (Exeter,UK) - See all my reviews
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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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T. Baker (Kent, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Film Noir (Pocket Essentials) (Paperback)
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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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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