Enter a world populated by private eyes, gangsters, psychopaths, and femmes fatales, where deception, lust, and betrayal run rampant. The first film-by-film photography book on film noir and neo-noir, this essential collection begins with the early genre influencers of German and French silent film, journeys through such seminal works such as Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Vertigo, and arrives at the present day via Chinatown, Pulp Fiction, Heat, and the recent cult favorite Drive.
Entries include posters, tons of rare stills, cast/crew details, quotes from the films and from critics, and analyses of the films. Film director, film noir scholar, and Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader provides the introduction to this feast of noir worship. Populated by the genre’s most revered directors, like Hitchcock, Wilder, Welles, Polanski, Mann, and Scorsese, the book also pays homage to its iconic faces, including Mitchum, Bogart, Hayworth, Bergman, Grant, Bacall, Crawford, Nicholson, Pacino, and so many more.
“Painstakingly compiled to include rare stills, behind-the-scenes details and quotes, this is a kind of revered Bible for the [Film Noir] genre…”
— Indulge Magazine, New York
“The dynamic pictures make each page a drama. The impact is overwhelming.”
— Mature Times, London
“The reviews of this work might be open to debate, but there is no argument over the overwhelming visual display that is not merely informative about a gripping genre, but has the smell (the high to be enjoyed from sniffing the de luxe paper is another of the pleasures of reading that e-books can never replace) and taste of a tribute that attains the same aesthetic level as the genre to which it is dedicated.”
— Carlos Boyero, El País, Cultura, Madrid
“…beautifully designed and crammed with loads of stop-right-there! photos.”
— Mystery Scene Magazine, New York
“A fascinating read that will have you scurrying to your nearest bookseller and, perhaps unwisely, a fedora shop.”
— Shortlist, London