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A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide ( Applause Books )

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A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide (Applause Books)

Encyclopedia of Film Noir: Featuring rumpled PIs, shyster lawyers, corrupt politicians, double-crossers, femmes fatales, and, of course, losers who find themselves down on their luck yet again, film noir is a perennially popular cinematic genre. This extensive encyclopedia describes movies from noir’s earliest days – and even before, looking at some of noir’s ancestors in US and European cinema – as well as noir’s more recent offshoots, from neonoirs to erotic thrillers. Entries are arranged alphabetically, covering movies from all over the world – from every continent save Antarctica – with briefer details provided for several hundred additional movies within those entries. A copious appendix contains filmographies of prominent directors, actors, and writers.

With coverage of blockbusters and program fillers from:

  • Going Straight (US 1916)
  • Broken City (US 2013)
  • Nora Inu (Japan 1949)
  • O Anthropos tou Trainou (Greece 1958)
  • El Less Wal Kilab (Egypt 1962)
  • Reportaje a la Muerte (Peru 1993)
  • Zift (Bulgaria 2008)
  • And thousands more!

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir is engrossing and an essential reference for every cinephile.

Review

Grant, a ridiculously prolific writer and critic, serves up pithy capsule overviews of, yes, more than 3,500 films, from the certified noir classics ( Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon, Out of the Past) to lesser-known pulps, neo-noirs and foreign titles. The hard-boiled P.I., the femme fatale, the ominous shadows angling menacingly across back-alley walls, the corruption, the lust, the losers . . . all here, with generous spreads of black-and-white and color art, too. –Philadelphia Inquirer

Contributor(s): Grant, John (Author)

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