Eddie Muller

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Eddie Muller
Eddie Muller in 2006
Eddie Muller in 2006
EducationSan Francisco Art Institute

Eddie Muller is an American writer based in San Francisco. He is known for writing books about movies, particularly film noir.

Early life, family and education[edit]

Muller is the son of a famed San Francisco boxing writer of the same name. He is a second-generation San Franciscan.[1]

Muller studied with filmmaker George Kuchar at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1970s.


Muller at Noir City X, the 2012 film noir festival at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Muller is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation and is co-programmer of the San Francisco Noir City film festival. Muller is considered a noir expert and is called on to write and talk about the film genre, notably on wry commentary tracks for Fox's film noir series of DVDs and introducing Turner Classic Movies's weekly "Noir Alley" movie block.

Laura Sheppard, director of events at Mechanics Institute, was the first to call him "The Czar of Noir" (as recounted by Eddie Muller in conversation with Angie Coiro on the In Deep radio show recorded March 20, 2019, at Dragon Theater in Redwood City, California; the quote is often misattributed to the novelist James Ellroy.)

Muller based the character of Billy Nichols in his period crime novel The Distance after his father. The novel was named the Best First Novel of 2002 by the Private Eye Writers of America. Billy Nichols returned in the 2003 novel Shadow Boxer.



  • (with Daniel Faris) Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of "Adults Only" Cinema (1996); ISBN 0-312-14609-4
  • Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (1998); ISBN 0-312-18076-4
  • Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir (2001); ISBN 0-06-039369-6
  • The Art Of Noir: The Posters & Graphics From The Classical Era Of Film Noir (2004); ISBN 1-58567-603-9
  • (with Tab Hunter) Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star (2005); ISBN 1-56512-548-7
  • Gun Crazy: The Origin of American Outlaw Cinema (2014); ISBN 978-0-692-26026-5
  • Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (Revised and Expanded Edition) (2021); ISBN 9780762498970


DVD commentaries[edit]


  1. ^ Per his website

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