Film Noir FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Hollywood’s Golden Age of Dames, Detectives, and Danger (Faq Series)

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Film Noir FAQ celebrates and reappraises some 200 noir thrillers representing 20 years of Hollywoods Golden Age. Noir pulls us close to brutal cops and scheming dames, desperate heist men and hardboiled private eyes, and the unlucky innocent citizens that get in their way. These are exciting movies with tough guys in trench coats and hot tomatoes in form-fitting gowns. The moon is a streetlamp and the narrow streets are prowled by squad cars and long black limousines. Lives are often small but peoples plans are bigsometimes too big. Robbery, murder, gambling; the gun and the fist; the grift and the con game; the hard kiss and the brutal brush-off. Film Noir FAQ brings lively attention to story, mood, themes, and technical detail, plus behind-the-scenes stories of the production of individual films. Featuring numerous stills and postersmany never before published in book formhighlighting key moments of great noir movies. Film Noir FAQ serves up insights into many of the most popular and revered names in Hollywood history, including noirs greatest stars, supporting players, directors, writers, and cinematographers. Pour a Scotch, light up a smoke, and lean back with your private guide to film noir.

Product Details

  • Series: Faq Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (April 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557838550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557838551
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

"All That’s Left to Know "… and more.

7 people found this helpful.
 on August 6, 2013
By Richie Primo
If you’re someone who, like myself, has read most of the popular literature defining the constitution/designation of true Film Noir – but yearns for a fresh perspective – you’ll find it among these pages. In the concise summations of his some-200 chosen titles, David Hogan has managed to convey original, thought-provoking insights, while successfully challenging many self-conceived guidelines established by some of the recognized “experts” on the subject. Hogan is able to inform and educate his reader without trying too hard to sound intelligent. He’s quite adept at explaining the process of set design, camera angles, lighting and many other facets. At worst, you’ll learn some things about Film Noir that you may not have already known.

Takes a long time to read Hahahahahahah

 on September 19, 2017
By Amazon Customer
I had one problem with the book. Usually I can read a book in two or three days, but this one took me a month to read.


17 people found this helpful.
 on April 2, 2013
By Richard J. Oravitz
There have been a lot of books written over the last couple decades covering Film Noir. I have at least 50+ and most of them are quite good, and David Hogan’s new entry goes right to the top of the list alongside Silver and Ursini’s FILM NOIR READER series and Eddie Muller’s DARK CITY and NOIR CITY series.

perfect condition. Film noir lovers

One person found this helpful.
 on February 27, 2016
By MateoDLR
Just as described, perfect condition. Film noir lovers: get this. Easier on the spirit than some of the more academic research, yet extremely well researched and not condescending at all.

Highly recommended for enjoyable reading and as reference material

One person found this helpful.
 on July 11, 2014
By Richard W Wirth
Hogan provides insightful and well written descriptions and analyses of all the major and many minor films from the world of noir. With each chapter I find myself having to put down the book and search my library or Amazon Prime for a particular film. Highly recommended for enjoyable reading and as reference material.

One of the best Noir books

One person found this helpful.
 on February 14, 2015
Great book! Very interesting behind the scenes information.It’s the first book I’ve read that gives credit where credit is due – to the cameramen and writers. I’m tired of the books that make it sound like the directors do all the work.

Great book!

 on July 27, 2016
By prof
I love old movies, especially from the 40’s and 50’s, so this is for me. Detailed info about many, many film noir movies. Great if you like film noir!

5 star seller

 on December 7, 2016
By michael schwartz
The book was better than promised

A Fun Read!

One person found this helpful.
 on August 10, 2014
By Timothy M. Owens
Definitive aA superb reference work.

An excellent addition to any Film Noir book collection

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 20, 2013
By S.M.
This is an excellent and entertaining book. Film Noir is my favourite movie genre, so as soon as I received my package from Amazon I quickly started reading it. It is well written, moves nicely from one movie to the next, and has good photos. The selection of movies in the book rate in my top list of great Film noir, I highly recommend this book to both seasoned noir fans or newly interested parties to the genre. A wonderful and enduring chapter of cinema.

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