Film Noir Guide
745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959Book - 2003
The term film noir was first applied by French critics to a number of American films that made their way to France over a period of six weeks at the end of World War II. These films, such as The Maltese Falcon, Murder, My Sweet, This Gun for Hire and The Big Sleep, fascinated French moviegoers with their new breed of criminals - love-starved husbands and wives, local business owners, writers, gamblers, small-time hoods, private eyes, mental patients, war veterans, rebellious teenagers and corrupt lawyers, politicians, judges and cops.
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2003
Characteristics: ix, 541 p. : ill. ; 27 cm