Dark City The Lost World of Film Noir

Eddie Muller

St. Martin's Griffin

0312180764

9780312180768

Trade Paperback

208 Pages

$29.99

CAD34.50

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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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"In a genre where some see mostly fatalism and social critique, 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

"[The] ultimate companion to gritty black-and-white postwar classics."—Details

"Muller's plot summaries and insider accounts of moviemaking are fitting companions to the brooding images that accompany them."—The Washington Post

"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

"The book is organized around the city motif, with chapters devoted to various thematic neighborhoods, for example, 'The Precinct' (cop flicks) and 'Vixenville' (femme fatales) . . . The illustrations, mostly stills, are first rate, and the mix of biographical, historical, and critical material works well. Background on such vintage noir actors as Robert Ryan, Richard Widmark, and, of course, Robert Mitchum is usually fresh and pertinent, and the insider gossip about life in the studios adds some zip . . . Provides an entertaining all-around introduction to the genre."—Booklist

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

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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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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, 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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