Film noir reader 3: interviews with filmmakers of the classic noir period

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Limelight, 2002 - Performing Arts - 239 pages
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Departing from the approach of its Film Noir Reader predecessors, this third volume in the series assembles a collection of interviews with film noir directors and a cinematographer, few of whom are alive today. Interviewees include Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard), Otto Preminger (Laura), Joseph Lewis (Gun Crazy and The Big Combo), Curtis Bernhardt (Possessed and A Stolen Life), Edward Dmytryk (Murder, My Sweet and Crossfire), and Fritz Lang (Scarlet Street and The Woman in the Window).

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Review: Film Noir Reader

User Review  - Scott W. - Goodreads

I'm not a film student, just a film noir fan, and this book seems aimed at the former. With that said though, I did enjoy several of the essays in the first section. Read full review

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User Review  - Nancy Davidson - Goodreads

It's an important book because it educates readers to the stages of film noir and the psychology of noir characters, the victim, the cop, the killer, the dame etc. The writing is ok, not as riveting ... Read full review


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Alain Silver has co-written and co-edited a score of books including The Samurai Film, The Noir Style, The Vampire Film, Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, director studies of David Lean and Robert Aldrich, and four Film Noir Readers. His articles have appeared in numerous film journals, newspapers, and online magazines. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA and is a member of the Writers Guild of America west and the Directors Guild of America.

Alain Silver is the author of The Samurai Film and the coauthor of fifteen other books, including Raymond Chandlerís Los Angeles, and two screenplays. He has written numerous articles for the Los Angeles Times, DGA Magazine, Film Comment, and Photon. 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. James Ursini has contributed to various publications including Cinema, Femme Fatales, Mediascene, and Photon. Together, they are the coauthors of eleven books, among them the Film Noir Reader series, Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style, and The Noir Style. They both live in Santa Monica.