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Film Noir, The Directors Paperback – March 1, 2012
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About the Author
<div><b>Alain Silver</b> is the author of <i>The Samurai Film</i> and the coauthor of fifteen other books, including<i> Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles</i>, and two screenplays. He has written numerous articles for the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, <i>DGA Magazine</i>, <i>Film Comment</i>, and <i>Photon</i>. He has also produced nine independent features and over fifty soundtrack albums, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. <b>James Ursini</b> has contributed to various publications including <i>Cinema</i>, <i>Femme Fatales</i>, <i>Mediascene</i>, and <i>Photon</i>. Together, they are the coauthors of eleven books, among them the Film Noir Reader series, <i>Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style</i>, and <i>The Noir Style</i>. They both live in Santa Monica.<br></div>
Top Customer Reviews
Some 20+ directors are profiled & discussed with many examples of their works and overall style. This book is well-produced, slick looking with generous illustrations and lots of informative film analysis. A gold mine for fans of bleak character driven tales of fatalistic heroes hopelessly lost in a dark world of never-ending shadows. Film Noir heaven (can one possibly exist?) doesn't get any better than this. Absolutely essential.
But being a film noir enthusiast myself, I find there are some important directors from minor studios that were overlooked, perhaps intentionally unless another volume is planned called FILM DIRECTORS-PART TWO. There are another dozen or so directors from smaller or independent studios that would complete the "directors total outlook of film noir style." They are (in no particular order) Gordon Wiles (The Gangster, 1947), Charles Vidor (Gilda, 1946),Steve Sekely (The Scar aka. Hollow Triumph, 1948), William Nigh (I Wouldn't Want to Be In Your Shoes, 1947), Byron Haskin (Too Late for Tears, 1949), Curtis Bernhardt (Possessed, 1947), Michael Curtiz (Mildred Pierce 1945), Abraham Polonsky (Force of Evil, 1948),John Cromwell (Dead Reckoning 1948)and other directors like Tay Garnett, Alfred Werker, and Alexander Mackendrick. Although I bought my book at Barnes & Noble, I still believe it is an excellent volume but with major exclusions of the directors listed previously. Their stories and films would have indeed, made this a more comprehensive volume.