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It's a Bitter Little World: The Smartest, Toughest, Nastiest Quotes From Film Noir Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Author Charles Pappas starts the reader off with a story of his own real-life femme fatale, followed by an overview of film noir through the decades written in a forceful style reminiscent of hard-boiled crime novels. Then to the quotes, which are arranged by theme in 5 chapters: "The Dicks and the Desperate", "The Dames and the Mugs", "The Brutality and the Barbs", "The Money and the Grubbing", "The Life Lessons and the Death Wishes". The chapter titles give some idea of the subject of the quotes. It's not always obvious why quotes are placed where they are, but there is a handy index in the back of the book, where you can find quotes by film if you're looking for something in particular. Within each chapter, the quotes are organized by decade, with the name and year of the film clearly indicated. It's nice to be able to see the evolution of film noir dialogue from the laconic 1940s to the more vulgar late 20th century.
Chapter 6, "The Quotes that Dreams Are Made Of", contains new quotes in the noir style contributed by contemporary writers, actors, and media personalities.Read more ›
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This is a fun little book for fans of the film noir genre. It is full of life lessons from different film noirs and neo noirs from 1940 to 2005. Read morePublished 17 months ago by RJ Stokely
One of the things that makes 90% of Film Noir so compelling are the snappy comebacks, putdowns and banter that marks the interplay of the players. Read morePublished on March 14, 2010 by John Erickson
Compiles many of the best hard boiled lines from the Film Noir genre. Back before clever and smart observations were replaced by one liner zingers. Read morePublished on September 26, 2008 by Steve Holst
This book is endlessly entertaining. I've read it several times already and plan to read it several times more. It doesn't get better than this.Published on December 14, 2006 by Phil Hall