The Dark Side of the Screen
Film Noir 3rd Revised edition
By (author) Foster Hirsch
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Dark Side of the Screen by Foster Hirsch
Book DescriptionA revised and updated edition of the definitive study of film noir-the most original genre of American cinema-with a new afterword by the author Since The Dark Side of the Screen first appeared over two decades ago, it has served as the essential take on what has become one of today's most pervasive screen influences and enduringly popular genres. Covering over one hundred outstanding films and offering more than two hundred carefully chosen stills, it is by far the most thorough and entertaining study available of noir themes, visual motifs, character types, actors, and directors. This landmark work covers noir in full, from the iconic performances of Burt Lancaster, Joan Crawford, and Humphrey Bogart to the camera angles, lighting effects, and story lines that characterize the work of directors Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles. With a new afterword about the lasting legacy of noir as well as recently rediscovered films deserving of their own screenings alongside the classics, The Dark Side of the Screen reestablishes itself as both an unsurpassed resource and a captivating must-read for any fan of noir.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306817724
(232mm x 178mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Foster Hirsch
Kurt Weill on Stage, Paperback (February 2004)
Many people believe they have to choose between the earlier high-brow European career of composer Weill or his later more popular work in the US, says Hirsch, a prolific writer on drama. But, he says, every one of Weill's shows is different, and there is no reason not to savor the merits of each one
Method to Their Madness, Paperback (December 2001)
Visit the training grounds of Brando, Pacino, and Dean in this essential, "richly detailed history"-Backstage
Love, Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life, Paperback (June 2001)View all books by Foster Hirsch
Now fully updated: The only critical study available of Woody Allen's entire body of work
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Author Biography - Foster Hirsch
Foster Hirsch, a professor of Film at Brooklyn College, is the author of sixteen books on film and theater, including Detours and Lost Highways: A Map of Neo-Noir; Love, Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life: The Films of Woody Allen; and Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King. He lives in New York.
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