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Film Noir

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Explore the dark and brooding elegance of Film Noir with this essential handbook to the genre, exploring key noir themes and their most representative movies. Copiously illustrated with film stills as well as original posters, the book also lists TASCHEN’s top 50 noir classics. A must for amateurs and aficionados alike.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.2.17 lb648 pages
“Crime has never looked so good.”
The Times
Film Noir

Film Noir


Into the Night

All you need to know about Film Noir

Whether it’s Double Indemnity, Kiss Me Deadly, or The Big Sleep, roam a screen world of dark and brooding elegance with this essential handbook to Film Noir. From private eyes and perfect crimes to corrupt cops and doomed affairs, editors Paul Duncan and Jürgen Müller examine noir’s key themes and their most representative movies from 1940 to 1960.

Copiously illustrated with film stills as well as original posters, this book offers page after page of noir’s masterful visual compositions while exploring the narrative paradigms of this cryptic, compelling, and evolving genre. If that weren’t enough to tickle your cinematic appetite, the volume concludes with TASCHEN’s top 50 pick of noir classics.

Brimming with the enigmatic dames, desperate gangsters, and psycho killers that continue to cast a long and captivating shadow over cinema, this is a must-have handbook for noir aficionados and amateurs alike.
The authors

Film producer, critic and historian Alain Silver is the author of 20 books on cinematic topics, including The Noir Style, LA Noir, the Film Noir Reader series, and Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, and Katharine Hepburn for TASCHEN's Icon Series. His audio commentaries on classic film noir DVDs include Call Northside 777 and Double Indemnity. A member of the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Writers Guild of America, he graduated from UCLA with degrees in film production and critical studies.

James Ursini has co-written eleven books with Alain Silver, including their Film Noir Reader series, which established them as two of the foremost authorities on film noir. Ursini has also written for various film magazines and supplied the commentary for numerous classic film noir DVDs. He has a doctorate in motion pictures studies and lectures on filmmaking in the Los Angeles area.

The editors

Jürgen Müller holds the chair of Early Modern and Modern Art History at the Technical University of Dresden. He studied Art History at the universities of Bochum, Münster, Pisa, Paris, and Amsterdam, and has worked as an art critic and curator of numerous exhibitions. He is also the editor of TASCHEN’s movies by decade series.

Paul Duncan is a film historian whose TASCHEN books include The Star Wars Archives, The James Bond Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Film Noir, and Horror Cinema, as well as publications on film directors, film genres, and movie stars.

Film Noir
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm0.98 kg648 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6168-6

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-6169-3

Edition: English
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91 Ratings

Great film picture book

Oriana,October 27, 2021
A must-have for a film scholar's side table for fun browsing.

A must have

Jasun,October 27, 2021
This was a gift I bought someone else because of their interest in “old crime movies.” I soon got a copy for myself not just to help introduce me to new movies but also to learn the rather fascinating history of Noir movies.

Compact, comprehensive and informative book

Stephen,October 27, 2021
There is so much packed into this relatively compact book. It is beautifully printed offering so much informative text on each of the chosen films featured on this classic genre of movie and its stars, and also some gorgeous visuals in the form of stills, star profiles and poster artwork. A valuable addition to my book collection, not only as an avid cinema goer and film fan, but also as a movie poster collector.

Great Book

Nick,October 27, 2021
This is a great introduction to Film Noir. I really liked it.

The Essence of Film Noir

Michael,October 27, 2021
Masterful examples of a genre presented in a form that revives interest and renews creativity for every new generation of viewers and of makers.