100 Film Noirs (Screen Guides) 2009th Edition
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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
From the Back Cover
100 Film Noirs provides an authoritative overview of film noir past and present by examining its core films and themes and providing an accessible introduction to critical debates. The book goes beyond the classical canon to examine the ways in which noir continues to have a diverse influence on American cinema. It demonstrates the way that noir has intervened in other more established Hollywood genres and also considers numerous lesser-known examples of the field. Importantly, 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.
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1844572161
- ISBN-13 : 978-1844572168
- Product Dimensions : 4.94 x 0.73 x 6.54 inches
- Publisher : British Film Institute; 2009th Edition (June 15, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top reviews from other countries
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.