The authors of The Noir Style—and eight other volumes about film noir—turn their attention to the wide array of posters and lobby cards that were used to entice viewers into watching the movies of the classic period. This oversized study contains well over 300 full-color illustrations never before reproduced in book form. In this volume Alain Silver and James Ursini focus their unparalleled expertise on these images that brought audiences into theaters around the world.
An Introduction traces the sometimes lurid line of graphics from pulp magazines like Black Mask and the dust jackets of hard-boiled novels to the earliest examples of film noir. A fully detailed survey of recurring themes and styles unfolds through chapters with titles such as Touch of Evil, The Killers, Night and the City, Out of the Past, and Deadly is the Female.
Sidebars explore motifs such as fashion and Bogart’s face on posters from the U.S. and Europe. The volume includes an index of illustrations by movie title.
Together Alain Silver and James Ursini have written The Noir Style, Film Noir (Taschen), and LA Noir, the City as Character. They have edited Film Noir: The Encyclopedia, four Film Noir Readers, and most recently Film Noir the Directors. As experts on noir’s classic period, they have also provided commentaries for numerous classic period DVDs: Murder, My Sweet, Out of the Past, Thieves' Highway, Call Northside 777, Panic in the Streets, The Dark Corner, Double Indemnity, Kiss of Death, The Street with No Name, Crossfire, Lady in the Lake, Nightmare Alley, Brute Force, Tension, Mystery Street, Where Danger Lives and Kiss Me Deadly. Other books include The Vampire Film, More Things than are Dreamt Of, director studies of David Lean, Robert Aldrich and Roger Corman, and Horror and Gangster Film Readers.
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Selected other Books:
Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, 4th Edition, now entitled Film Noir: the Encyclopedia was published by Overlook Press in May 2010.Click Cover for More Information. TO ORDER FROM AMAZON: CLICK HERE. [ This is the 4th edition of Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style ]
The Film Noir Reader series begun by Limelight Editions in 1996, the four volumes constitute the definitive collection of critical thinking about film noir. [CLICK HERE or on the Cover for and index page, excerpts, and ordering information on the entire series from Amazon).
[Click Cover to see excerpts on-line from Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles or order from Amazon
David Lean and
His Films. [Click on Cover for Amazon ordering info.]
What Ever Happened to Robert Aldrich? [Click on Cover for Amazon info.]