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As fast and stylish as its subject matter,
This review is from: Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (Paperback)
When most noir-era directors are presented with what the critics have read into their films, they tend to laugh. What they were making-- as Muller points out-- were known as either crime dramas or murder dramas. They were made on the cheap, with their dark themes and fast pace borrowed from harboiled crime writing, and with lots of tricks learned from German Expressionism. They were stylish B-movies.
Finally, a book has come along that deals with these films and filmmakers pretty much on their own terms. -Highly visual and fast paced. Muller looks at subgenres and trends, but focuses more on looking at the often tortured lives of the people who made these films, and on the turbulent period in Hollywood that the 40s and 50s were.
One of my favorite film books, period.