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  • Series: Film Noir Reader (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879109610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879109615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ronald Schwartz on April 14, 2002
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If you are a "noir addict," as I am, you are indeed fortunate to have read the original FILM NOIR READER, its sequel, FILM NOIR READER 2 and the last one in the series...FILM NOIR READER 3.
The first one was the most interesting of the group, containing the most seminal essays on the noir style by Durgnat, Higham, Porfirio and Schrader and even a translation from Borde & Chaumenton's French framing of the "noir mystique." Also, several noir films were considered in a "case study" section, among them KISS ME DEADLY, NIGHT & THE CITY, ANGEL FACE and the post-noir LONG GOODBYE. The last section of Volume One dealt with "Noir, Then and Now" with several interesting articles on noir's legacy and the new noir. It was a sensational critical work after Silver & Ward's trend-setting volume FILM NOIR, now in its third edition from Overlook Press.
FILM NOIR 2, in the Limelight series carries on the tradition of including seminal essays on noir by Nino Frank, the film critic who actually named the style, Jean-Pierre Chartier and Claude Chabrol, among other worthy and perceptive American
critics such as Tom Flinn and Stephen Farber. Reverting to the case history approach, Robert Porfirio, Robin Wood, Silver and Ward, among others scrutinize critically the films of Hitchcock,
the femme fatales of PUSHOVER (Kim Novak) & THELMA JORDON (Barbara Stanwyck)among other themes as "jazz & noir," "tabloid cinema" and "neo-noir fugitives," all wonderful essays written with style and critical acumen.
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This third book in the "Film Noir Reader" series contains 18 interviews with filmmakers of the classic film noir period. Most of the interviews were conducted 1975-1977 by Robert Porfirio for his doctoral dissertation while he was an assistant professor at California State University at Fullerton. Alain Silver and James Ursini also contribute interviews, conducted at various dates. In his Introduction, Mr. Porfirio explains his view of classic film noir as a movement in 4 phases, created primarily out of German Expressionism and the American hard-boiled literary tradition. There is a biographical description and a list of "films in the noir style" at the conclusion of each interview.

Part I contains 8 interviews with directors, who talk about their films' intent, themes, style and how they came to be made. The Hollywood Blacklist is another common topic of conversation. Some directors (as well as some other contributors) doubt the existence of a "film noir style", while others are amenable to the concept. The directors interviewed are: Andre de Toth, Edward Dmytryk, Samuel Fuller, Fritz Lang, Joseph H. Lewis, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, and Robert Wise.

Part II, "Interviews with Other Filmmakers", contains 7 interviews with cinematographers James Wong Howe and John F. Seitz, actresses Lizabeth Scott and Claire Trevor, screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring, composer Miklos Rozsa, and producer Dore Schary. This must have been before Ms. Scott became reclusive. It's nice to read her perceptive comments. Part III includes short "Commentaries" by 3 directors, which were taken from written and spoken interviews but are not in interview format. The directors are: Curtis Bernhardt, Budd Boetticher, and Daniel Fuchs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Doepke on May 2, 2003
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Just a couple of points to add to Dr. Schwartz's excellent review of all three Film Noir entries. The price of this reader is hefty. Considering what you get in return, only confirmed enthusiasts should pony up that amount. A big point in the book's favor: an interview with screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring, aka Geoffrey Homes, (Out of the Past, Invasion of Body Snatchers,et.al.), a major influence on the genre, and the only interview with this neglected figure that I know of. Lastly, it's remarkable how many of these artists were unaware of contributing to a distinct body of work we now call film noir. Perhaps the zeitgeist of the time wore a trenchcoat; certainly something generic was afoot.
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By Roger Plummer on July 9, 2013
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I loved the variety of interviews and the special insights they provided. The list of films provided me with many titles I did not already have.
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By jimi on February 25, 2013
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EXCELLENT ANTHOLOGY OF INTERVIEWS WITH FILM NOIR'S HALL OF FAME OF DIRECTORS, WRITERS, ACTORS, AND CAMERA MEN. A MUST FOR THE NOIR LIBRARY.
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