OVERRIDE

Dark City

The Lost World of Film Noir

Eddie Muller

St. Martin's Griffin

Dark City examines the genre of fim noir in all its terse, mysterious, angst-ridden glory. The book studies the world of film noir by entering this world and fully exploring it, both an urban landscape of the imagination and a purely cinematic realm of shadows, smoke, suspense, and sinister silver-screen avatars. Muller takes us on a spellbinding and fascinating trip through such trecherous terrain: Hollywood in the post-World War II years, when art, politics, scandal, style—and brilliant craftsmanship—produced a new approach to moviemaking, and a new type of cultural mythology.

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Praise for Dark City

"The best book ever written on film noir."--Mystery Scene

"Eddie Muller seriously takes film noir not too seriously—just the right mix, and with great stills."--Paul Schrader

"Dark City is a thoroughly enjoyable companion to the unique, sometimes twisted pleasures of film noir, from acknowledged classics like Out of the Past to lesser-known gems like Born to Kill and The Chase. In a genre where some see mostly fatalism and social critique, Eddie Muller also finds humor, eroticism, and the unfettered inventiveness of an extraordinary generation of directors and actors."--Geoffrey O'Brien, author of The Phantom Empire

"This ultimate companion to gritty black-and-white postwar classics reveals that the dark stars led desperate, nefarious lives both on-screen and off."--Details

"Even if you aren't a film buff, you'll probably find Dark City compelling. . . . Muller's plot summaries and insider accoutns of moviemaking are fitting companions to the brooding images that accompany them."--the Washington Post

"A pictorial anthology on the American existentialist crime movie . . . rich in background anecdotes and the argot of the genre."--San Francisco Examiner

"Dig it: Eddie Muller's Dark City is a righteous, rip-snorting riff on the ultimate cinematic genre--film noir. This book displays a salutary knowledge of the underpinnings of the genre; serves as a fabulous reference book; and most importantly, dishes the real life dirt on the freaks, geeks, commies, nymphos, hopheads, has-beens, red-baiters, and all-purpose fiends who made this genre great."--James Ellroy

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Eddie Muller

  • Eddie Muller, a writer and designer, is the creative director of St. Francis Studio, producing storytelling in all media. He co-authored Grindhouse (St. Martin's Griffin, 1996), a history of adults-only cinema in America, and his other books include Dark City Dames and The Art of Film Noir. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Dark City

The Lost World of Film Noir

Eddie Muller

Anthony Awards - Nominee, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Macavity Award - Nominee
  • Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Griffin

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