Viewing Noir movies has been one of my favorite hobbies.
Virtually every book on these movies is included in my library.
Grant's book was good and a welcome addition to the Noir canon,
But was a little over inclusive of films that used only some Noir elements.
It would be difficult for a Noir novice to pick out the 'true' Noir movies.
Also, he did not categorize or rank the films; ie masterpieces, classics etc.
Based on my research during the past fifty years,
The ultimate Noir films are those with these qualities (of course with some exceptions):
Black and white movies filmed in the 1940's
Are 'B' movies without famous actors
Story line is told in the 1st person using voice-over narration
Scenes take place in gritty urban settings during rain showers
Dark visual styling is used and most scenes occur at night
Big role in events is played by chance
Smoking and drinking take on sacramental overtones
Chronological order creates a mood of lost time and hopelessness
Almost all involve a 'non-hero' male who is manipulated by a 'femme-fatale'
And know they are ultimately doomed in the end
Grant also did not adequately discuss the iconic actors or directors of film Noir.
These persons are paramount to what makes these films truly great.
Despite this criticism, I did enjoy his book and glad I own a copy,
But my favorite Film Noir reference remains the book written by Michael L. Stephens in 1961:
'Film Noir: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Reference to Movies, Terms and Persons'
A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide (Applause Books) 精装 – 插图版, 2013年10月30日
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- ASIN : 1557838313
- 出版社 : Applause Theatre Book Publishers; 第 图解 版 (2013年10月30日)
- 语言 : 英语
- ISBN : 884088609986
- 品牌 : Applause Books
- 尺寸 : 21.49 x 5.41 x 26.01 cm
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美国亚马逊： 16 条评论
Good but not my favorite Noir reference book2020年7月19日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Should be on every film lover's coffee table, but lacks a decent index.2015年5月19日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
One of the best coffee table books on noir out there. Personally I would have liked some better indexing, because I am just interested in Noirs pre-1965 and this has modern neo-noirs mixed in as well. So you have to look through everything and systematically go through the book if you are a noir completist like myself, so a list in the back of noirs by year would have been nice.
Pricey but worth it. I might quibble with some ...2015年3月4日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Pricey but worth it. I might quibble with some of the additions as "noir" but as comprehensive a guide as I've seen with descriptions of movies, critical analysis and cast listing. If you're hardcore noir, this is the book to save your money for!
Great book, very interesting2015年1月19日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
An excellent compilation of film reviews and interesting trivia. Would have benefited greatly from multiple tables of content (by year of release, by country of release, etc.).