Whether it’sDouble Indemnity,Kiss Me Deadly, orThe Big Sleep, roam a screen world ofdark and brooding elegancewith this essential handbook toFilm Noir. From private eyes and perfect crimes to corrupt cops and doomed affairs, editors Paul Duncan and Jürgen Müller examinenoir’s key themesand 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 paradigmsof 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 theenigmatic dames, desperate gangsters, and psycho killersthat continue to cast a long and captivating shadow over cinema, this is amust-have handbook for noir aficionados and amateurs alike.
Film producer, critic and historianAlain Silveris the author of 20 books on cinematic topics, includingThe Noir Style, LA Noir,theFilm Noir Readerseries, andSteve McQueen, Frank Sinatra,andKatharine Hepburnfor TASCHEN's Icon Series.His audio commentaries on classic film noir DVDs includeCall Northside 777andDouble Indemnity.Amember 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 Ursinihas co-written eleven books with Alain Silver, including theirFilm Noir Readerseries, 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.
Paul Duncanis a film historian whose TASCHEN books includeThe James Bond Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Film Noir,andHorror Cinema,as well as publications on film directors, film genres, movie stars, and film posters.
Jürgen Müllerholds 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 curated numerous exhibitions. He is also the editor of TASCHEN’s movies by decade series.