100 Film Noirs

100 Film Noirs

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This BFI Screen Guide provides an accessible, richly-illustrated introduction to 100 key noir films, from Hollywood classics such as Double Indemnity to more recent titles such as Sin City, as well as examples from Europe, Japan, India and Mexico, together with an editorial overview of the genre and its key debates.show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 123 x 168 x 25mm | 492g
  • British Film Institute
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • biography
  • 1844572153
  • 9781844572151

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'100 Film Noirs offers many insights into the history and visual grammar of the genre and provides the perfect excuse to revisit some classics and discover some forgotten masterpieces.' - PD Smith, The Guardian '100 Film Noirs has a strong international dimension and provides new and revealing insights into film noirs from France, Germany, Japan, India, Mexico and beyond' - Sight and Sound Both a treasure trove of facts and a taster for those keen to find out more about the seamier side of life...' PinkPaper.com 'This new volume in the successful "BFI Screen Guides" series provides an entertaining and authoritative guide to the genre through an examination of 100 key films. "Film Noir" is a popular and widely-studied genre. The authors are both high-profile film scholars. It includes classic films such as "Double Indemnity" alongside more recent movies including "Sin City". Richly illustrated with images from the films are discussed. It also includes examples from Europe, Japan, India and Mexico, together with an editorial overview of the genre and its key debates.' - Tangled Web 'As has already been indicated, this is an authoritative work, as one might expect with the imprint of the British Film Institute. It is extremely readable in style and is recommended for students of film studies in school, college, or university, as well as for public libraries where it would be eagerly read by lovers of film noir.' - Eric Jukes, Reference Reviews '...takes into account the fact that film noir as a genre has influenced films in France, Japan, Germany, Mexico and India, so there is welcome inclusion of films other than the classics, showing how diverse the influence is.' - Baary Forshaw, fivebooks.comshow more

Table of contents

BFI SCREEN GUIDES 100 FILM NOIRS FINAL Acknowledgements Introduction 100 Films: 36, Quai des orfevres (Olivier Marchal, 2004) The American Friend (Wim Wenders, 1977) Asphalt Jungle (John Huston, 1950) La Bete humaine (Jean Renoir, 1938) The Big Combo (Joseph H Lewis, 1955) The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953) The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946) Blast of Silence (Alan Baron, 1961) The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall, 1946) Body and Soul (Robert Rossen, 1947) Born to Kill (Robert Wise, 1947) Brighton Rock (John Boulting, 1947) Call Northside 777 (Henry Hathaway, 1947) Castle of Sand (Nomura Yoshitaro, 1974) The Chase (Arthur Ripley, 1946) Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) C.I.D. (Raj Khosla, India, 1954) Collateral (Michael Mann, 2004) Cornered (Edward Dmytryk, 1945) Criss Cross (Robert Siodmak, 1948) The Crooked Way (Robert Florey, 1949) Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk, 1947) Cry of the City (Robert Siodmak, 1948) The Dark Corner (Henry Hathaway, 1946) Dark Passage (Delmer Daves, 1947) Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell, 1947) Death of a Cyclist (Javier Bardem, 1955) Death is a Caress (Edith Carlmar, 1949) Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945) Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin, 1995) D.O.A. (Rudolph Mate, 1949) Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) The Driver (Walter Hill, 1978) Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger, 1945) Fear in the Night (Maxwell Shane, 1947) Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948) A Foreign Land (Walter Salles, Brazil) Get Carter (Mike Hodges, 1971) Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946) The Glass Key (Stuart Heisler, 1942) Gun Crazy (Joseph H Lewis, 1949) He Ran All the Way (John Berry, 1951) He Walked By Night (Alfred Werker, 1949) High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963) A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005) The Hitch-hiker (Ida Lupino, 1953) I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Mike Hodges, 2003) In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950) I Married a Communist (Robert Stevenson, 1949) I Wake Up Screaming (H Bruce Humberstone, 1942) I Walk Alone (Byron Haskin, 1948) Journey into Fear (Norman Foster/Orson Welles, 1942) Le Jour se leve (Marcel Carne, 1939) Lift to the Scaffold (Louis Malle, 1957) The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1946) The Killing (Stanley Kubrick 1956) Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955) Kiss of Death (Henry Hathaway, 1947) LA Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997) The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947) The Lady in the Lake (Robert Montgomery, 1946) Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944) The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973) The Lost One (Peter Lorre, 1951) M (Fritz Lang, 1931) Memories of Murder (Joon-ho Bong, 2003) The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941) Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945) Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001) Murder My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk, 1944) The Narrow Margin (Richard Fleischer, 1952) Night and the City (Jules Dassin, 1950) Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, 1947) Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975) Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, 1947) Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise, 1959) On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray, 1951) Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947) Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak, 1944) Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller, 1953) Pitfall (Andre de Toth, 1948) Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967) The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett, 1946) Pursued (Raoul Walsh, 1947) Quai des orfevres (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1947) The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls, 1949) Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1955) Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945) Shoot the Pianist (Francois Truffaut, 1960) Side Street (Anthony Mann, 1950) Sin City (Frank Miller and Roberto Rodriguez, 2005) Story of a Love Affair (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1950) Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976) They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948) T Men (Anthony Mann, 1947) Touchez pas au grisbi (Jacques Becker, 1953) Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958) Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger, 1950) Notes Indexshow more

About Alastair Phillips

JIM HILLIER is Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Reading. His publications include American Independent Cinema (2001), The Film Studies Dictionary (2000) and Howard Hawks: American Artist (1996). ALASTAIR PHILLIPS is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Rififi (2008) and the co-editor of Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts (2007) and of Journeys of Desire: European Actors in Hollywood (2006).show more