Film noir: Plus Taschen's top 50 pick of noir classics from 1940-1960 by Paul Duncan
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Film noir: Plus Taschen's top 50 pick of noir classics from 1940-1960

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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 wit
Hardcover, 648 pages
Published October 26th 2017 by Taschen (first published 2017)
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Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tip to anyone moving to a new apartment with little furniture, most of their belongings in storage (including books), and a few hundred euros of purchase power. Go to your nearest well assorted bookstore, look for the section with Taschen books. There will likely be a display of their series of “Bibliotheca Universalis” budget publications. Each book costs roughly €15, and there are about a hundred different books in the series, hardbound, and thick as bricks. Anyway, that is what I did at the ...more
Zorana Mitrović
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, filmed
Razvukao se ovaj poduhvat jer sam nailazila na reditelje i glumce koji su mi se dopadali pa sam gledala neke njihove druge filmove i onda odstupala od liste.

Uglavnom evo top 5 i još nekih filmova vrednih pomena (nisam ih rangirala po tome koji su mi se najviše svideli jer su bukvalno nijanse u pitanju)

1.Sunset Boulevard
2. In a lonely place
3. Diabolique
4. The Night of the hunter
5. Rear window

- Hangover Square
- Psycho
- Vertigo
- Gaslight
- Rebecca
- Nightmare alley
- Double indemnity
- Gilda
- Leave her
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great encyclopedia of noir movies, for someone like me, who likes noir movies - wonderful read.
Brian Palmer
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
This is much more a coffee table book than most books I read; the photographs are just gorgeous (movie posters, publicity stills, and scenes taken from some of the best noir). The essays were interesting, although the book's size and binding made it somewhat awkward to read in depth. When I did start reading, I had a hard time not getting distracted just flipping from photograph to photograph.

I think this is a volume I will want to peruse at liesure, perhaps after picking up a few more films for
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very in-depth and informative, and not to mention presented in both an easy to understand and highly aesthetic manner. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to gain an understanding of film noir and the classic noir movies of the 40s-60s.
James Carter
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Tachsen's Film Noir is a silly book with super boring, highly skippable essays that are full of constant film references yet has a lot of nice-looking photos. I gave up poring through it by the time I got to the top 50 picks. The list isn't valid if Casablanca and The 39 Steps aren't among them. All in all, if you know film noir, you'll only laugh before being bored. ...more
IKhsan Risfandi
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ini buku keren baget dah ...bahas lengkap tentang film itemmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

noir dibaca noar kate orang betawi ....

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Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to film noir, looking into it’s various themes and tropes. And has reviews on 50 noir classics (according to the editors) from 1940-1960. A book to wet your appetite to watch more noir and seek out other books on this most fascinating of movie genres.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is encyclopedic. You're not going to read it cover-to-cover. It's for reading here-and-there as it sits on your coffee table. It's not so easy to find a particular movie in this tome, but it has nice pictures, and if you have a magnifying glass, you can even read a bit. ...more
Alexandra Freire
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Muy interesante.
Un libro a detalle del cine noir. Si bien es cierto ya conocía de algunos de estos filmes, la mayoría fueron nuevos para mí.
Super recomendado
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent volume from Taschen, Full of stills and plot synopsis, bios of some stars and crew, and background into the writing and filming. A worthy add to any film lover's library. ...more
Kevin T
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Great list for reference, short concise essays on each topic tackled in noir and great stills and artwork
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
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I falsely assumed a 640 page book of film history on film Noir would have an index that I could use as a reference. I am unable to look up movies, directors, actors or anything else .
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