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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute; 2009 edition (18 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844572161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844572168
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.9 x 16.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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'100 Film Noirs offers many insights into the history and visual grammar of the genre and provides the perfect excuse to revisit some classics and discover some forgotten masterpieces.' - PD Smith, The Guardian
 
'100 Film Noirs has a strong international dimension and provides new and revealing insights into film noirs from France, Germany, Japan, India, Mexico and beyond' - Sight and Sound
 
Both a treasure trove of facts and a taster for those keen to find out more about the seamier side of life...' PinkPaper.com
 
'This new volume in the successful "BFI Screen Guides" series provides an entertaining and authoritative guide to the genre through an examination of 100 key films. "Film Noir" is a popular and widely-studied genre. The authors are both high-profile film scholars. It includes classic films such as "Double Indemnity" alongside more recent movies including "Sin City". Richly illustrated with images from the films are discussed. It also includes examples from Europe, Japan, India and Mexico, together with an editorial overview of the genre and its key debates.' - Tangled Web
 
'As has already been indicated, this is an authoritative work, as one might expect with the imprint of the British Film Institute. It is extremely readable in style and is recommended for students of film studies in school, college, or university, as well as for public libraries where it would be eagerly read by lovers of film noir.' - Eric Jukes, Reference Reviews
 
'...takes into account the fact that film noir as a genre has influenced films in France, Japan, Germany, Mexico and India, so there is welcome inclusion of films other than the classics, showing how diverse the influence is.' - Baary Forshaw, fivebooks.com

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'100 Film Noirs offers many insights into the history and visual grammar of the genre and provides the perfect excuse to revisit some classics and discover some forgotten masterpieces.' - PD Smith, The Guardian

'100 Film Noirs has a strong international dimension and provides new and revealing insights into film noirs from France, Germany, Japan, India, Mexico and beyond' - Sight and Sound

Both a treasure trove of facts and a taster for those keen to find out more about the seamier side of life...' PinkPaper.com

'This new volume in the successful "BFI Screen Guides" series provides an entertaining and authoritative guide to the genre through an examination of 100 key films. "Film Noir" is a popular and widely-studied genre. The authors are both high-profile film scholars. It includes classic films such as "Double Indemnity" alongside more recent movies including "Sin City". Richly illustrated with images from the films are discussed. It also includes examples from Europe, Japan, India and Mexico, together with an editorial overview of the genre and its key debates.' - Tangled Web

'As has already been indicated, this is an authoritative work, as one might expect with the imprint of the British Film Institute. It is extremely readable in style and is recommended for students of film studies in school, college, or university, as well as for public libraries where it would be eagerly read by lovers of film noir.' - Eric Jukes,

'...takes into account the fact that film noir as a genre has influenced films in France, Japan, Germany, Mexico and India, so there is welcome inclusion of films other than the classics, showing how diverse the influence is.' - Baary Forshaw, fivebooks.com

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A list you can just find online. Limited academic content.
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This is such a misleading title. The book completely misses the essence of noir films and the introduction although written in 2009 is already badly dated. The writing style is pompously academic and sanatises noir characteristics to such an extent that if you were new to the genre you may be put off.
On the positive side it does list two hundred great films, that are loosely connected with noir.
I would recommend either Dark City by Eddie Muller or The Dark Side of the Screen by Foster Hirsch instead both authors fully understand the subject they are writing about.
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As with anything from the BFI this is a well researched book. Gave to my friends son for christmas and he read fro start to finish and has started again...he is now officially a 'noir' head and thinks 'Chinatown' is the best film ever made...good call!!!
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always a fascinating film subject to write about
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Shadows 23 April 2010
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100 Film Noirs is one of the peerless British Film Institute Screen Guides. The authors' unusual selection of films spotlight entries from the 1940s-50s film noir period, including classics like Double Indemnity, Laura, and The Maltese Falcon, but also significant post-modern noirs, like Chinatown, Mulholland Drive and Taxi Driver. Especially welcome are international films, like C.I.D (India) Brighton Rock (England) and Quai des Orfevres (France). The choices include off beat entries that led me to fill out my Netflix queue with oddballs like Born to Kill, I Wake Up Screaming and Where the Sidewalk Ends. A quibble (and a significant one) is the overuse of confusing academic jargon in the film descriptions. The book's quirky but satisfying film listings would have benefited from a little more straight-shooting prose.
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR NOIR FANS 11 Mar. 2015
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In a guide like this, there's always going to be some disagreement between reader and authors, but for every omission that I would have included, I have found a lost jewel for my collection. Some readers might disagree with number of foreign films included (it is a British Film Institute guide) but I have seen several of the French and Japanese entries and would agree with their inclusion. An excellent guide and handbook for finding films that you have never seen or heard of. Just don't expect their 100 to be your 100 (and they do have an alternate list of 100 mile films). A good investment for noir fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bright and Fresh Approach to Film Noir 10 Dec. 2009
By J. Michael Innes - Published on Amazon.com
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This recent guide provides an excellent introduction to film noir. It is readable and accessible, while presenting a fresh analysis of the material. One hundred films are selected that fit the criteria of the genre of film noir. The selection goes beyond the canon, of American film roughly between 1940 and 1958. There is included film from countries other than the United States, for example the UK, Brighton Rock (1947) and Spain, Death of a Cyclist (1955) and the book considers film well outside the aforementioned time boundaries, for example, Chinatown (USA) (1974), Get Carter (UK) (1971) and Collateral (USA) (2004). But the major examples are included, including films by the masters of the genre, Wilder, Lang, Siodmak, Ulmer, Preminger and Huston among many others. A very convincing case is made for the inclusion of the later and foreign material, a case that makes the reader appreciate the genre and think seriously about the themes and the methodology of film noirs. The films are described in sufficient detail for the reader to understand the plot, the studio background, the director and the major actors and fit the particular example into the genre. The selection and the understanding of the films is clearly influenced by the work of James NaremoreMore than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts.

If your own favorite example of a noir is not included in the list, the authors provide a second list of 100 films that can be considered and it is up to the reader to get hold of these and compare them. Most of this material is now readily available on DVD. This guide compares well with other recent analyses, for example Andrew Spicer's Film Noir and Ballinger and Graydon's The Rough Guide to Film Noir.

A worthwhile exposition and a very handy and accessible guide.
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