Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (Revised and Expanded Edition)
ISBN: 0762498978
EAN13: 9780762498970
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 6, 2021
Pages: 264
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

This revised and expanded edition of Eddie Muller's Dark City is a film noir lover's bible, taking readers on a tour of the urban landscape of the grim and gritty genre in a definitive, highly illustrated volume.Dark Cityexpands with new chapters and a fresh collection of restored photos that illustrate the mythic landscape of the imagination. It's a place where the men and women who created film noir often find themselves dangling from the same sinister heights as the silver-screen avatars to whom they gave life. Eddie Muller, host of Turner Classic Movies' Noir Alley, takes readers on a spellbinding trip through treacherous terrain: Hollywood in the post-World War I years, where art, politics, scandal, style -- and brilliant craftsmanship -- produced a new approach to moviemaking, and a new type of cultural mythology.

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3
   nice try
I listened to Eddie Muller's commentaries on various DVDs and have been excellent in general. He also seems to be an extremely nice guy. It is sometimes self-referential, which is also quite tedious. The treatment feels superficial still, and the content blends together after a while. IMHO, I think it is more suited to someone who is not that familiar with film noir.
 
5
   I need to read it again.
I plan to write this book again and have a pencil and paper ready to go through the movies for future acquisition. The reason I did not write down movies as I read it the first time is that it is chock full of information about the films and actors and background. I am a fan of odd film noir and I am not into quantity in this genre. This makes the task of choosing a movie more difficult. Shell reviewer is correct.
 
4
   Well written but slightly overrated
Eddie Muller knows what he is writing about. He is one of the best experts on film noir alive. And yes, this book is in its writing fantastic with many wonderful pictures that make it a joy to read quickly or slowly. Nevertheless, it seems disappointing on several levels : 1) There are too many plot synopses to the point that I actually had to skip a few paragraphs if it was about a noir that I had not seen. 2) The book seems to be poorly structured -- actually more like a novel at times. 3) There isn 't a single photo of Jane Greer, one of the best-known femme fatales in the book! Admittedly, it is a good book and is worth the money. But a definitive reference book is not.
 
5
   A compelling subject that is handled well!
He found it to be fascinating and valuable.
 
5
   Great book
Packed with information full. The recipient is delighted.
 
5
   Great book about the Film Noir genre with excellent writing and illustrations.
I am a big fan of Film Noir and seeing Mr. Muller on the Noir Alley series at Turner Classic Movies. In my opinion, he is a different writer and weaves together the great parts of the genre quite well. There is a section on each part of the typical Noir film and he discusses different films and actors, actresses as well. Its illustrations are also great. Mr Muller puts you right in the film with his discussions.
 
5
   well worth it
Eddie Muller is now the host of the film noir series at TCM. This is informative and provides a lot of insight into this lost genre of filmmaking.
 
4
   Shining a light on the dark city
It is noir on noir. The plot summaries of the movies tend to blend together, as another reviewer noted. I still like it, but sometimes you have to skip ahead.
 
5
   Atmospheric read - this book is hard to put down.
It is hard to put this book down if you love the film noir. Late in the evening, sit with a reading light in an otherwise dark room, sink into a comfortable chair and return to the dark days of film noir, to meet the shameless, shady, pathetic, but emotionally understandable characters of the dark city.
 
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