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The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir 2nd Edition
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“Wonderfully readable: Hirsch is clear, knowledgeable, and concise….[The Dark Side of the Screen] is a visual as well as literary pleasure.”
Philip French, The Observer (London)
“There has been no extended work as good as Foster Hirsch’s The Dark Side of the Screen, a well-written, imaginatively illustrated book that sees the brief, true heyday as between Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) and his Sunset Boulevard (1950), but looks at the prelude and the aftermath, and sets the genre in its larger social and cultural context.”
Skyscraper, Spring 2009
“An important examination of what film noir is…The 264-page treatise is not a review source; rather, Hirsch’s academic work delves deeply with a scholarly but not dry approach.”
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The digital version is a mess. The first sentence is incoherent. Italics are screwed up throughout. There is no differentiation between font size for text and photo caps, so the flow of a chapter keeps being interrupted. And some photo caps are missing the photos that are supposed to accompany them. Skip the digital (I'm probably going to return mine for a refund).
Be sure to see the late film noir movie from 1966, Seconds, with Rock Hudson, free on YouTube. Another good movie on YouTube is The Hitch-Hiker, from 1953 - riveting.
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