Out of the Shadows: Expanding the Canon of Classic Film Noir

Out of the Shadows: Expanding the Canon of Classic Film Noir

By: Gene D. Phillips (author)Hardback

Up to 2 WeeksUsually despatched within 2 weeks


Film noir was a cycle in American cinema which first came into prominence during World War II, peaked in the 1950s, and began to taper off as a definable trend by 1960. Over the years, a group of films from the period emerged as noir standards, beginning with Stranger on the Third Floor in 1940. However, since film noir is too wide-ranging, it cannot be kept within the narrow limits of the official canon that has been established by film historians. Consequently, several neglected movies made during the classic noir period need to be re-evaluated as noir films. In Out of the Shadows: Expanding the Canon of Classic Film Noir, Gene Phillips provides an in-depth examination of several key noir films, including acknowledged masterpieces like Laura, The Maltese Falcon, Sunset Boulevard, and Touch of Evil, as well as films not often associated with film noir like Spellbound, A Double Life, and Anatomy of a Murder. Phillips also examines overlooked or underappreciated films such as Song of the Thin Man, The Glass Key, Ministry of Fear, and Act of Violence. Also considered in this reevaluation are significant neo-noir films, among them Chinatown, Hammett, L.A. Confidential, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. In his analyses, Phillips draws upon a number of sources, including personal interviews with directors and others connected with their productions, screenplays, and evaluations of other commentators. Out of the Shadows explores not only the most celebrated noir films but offers new insight into underrated films that deserve reconsideration. Of interest to film historians and scholars, this volume will also appeal to anyone who wants a better understanding of the works that represent this unique cycle in American filmmaking.

About Author

Gene D. Phillips, S.J. is the author of several works on film and literature, including David Lean: Beyond the Epic (2006) and Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder (2010). He is the coauthor of The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia (Scarecrow, 2010).


Acknowledgments Prologue: Overlooked Noir PART ONE City of Night: The Advent of Film Noir CHAPTER ONE Black Mask Brigade: Dashiell Hammett, Hard-Boiled Fiction, and Film Noir CHAPTER TWO Exploring Film Noir: Stranger on the Third Floor and Other Films PART TWO Nightmare Town: Dashiell Hammett's Fiction as Film Noir CHAPTER THREE John Huston: The Maltese Falcon CHAPTER FOUR Stuart Heisler: The Glass Key Edward Buzzell: Song of the Thin Man PART THREE Darkness at Noon: Representative Noir Films CHAPTER FIVE Fritz Lang: Ministry of Fear and Scarlet Street CHAPTER SIX Alfred Hitchcock: Spellbound and Strangers on a Train CHAPTER SEVEN George Cukor: A Double Life Billy Wilder: Sunset Boulevard CHAPTER EIGHT Robert Siodmak: The Killers (1946) Don Siegel: The Killers (1964) CHAPTER NINE Otto Preminger: Laura and Anatomy of a Murder CHAPTER TEN Fred Zinnemann: Act of Violence Stanley Kubrick: The Killing CHAPTER ELEVEN Orson Welles: The Stranger and Touch of Evil PART FOUR The Lower Depths: The Rise of Neo-Noir CHAPTER TWELVE Dashiell Hammett and Neo-Noir: The Dain Curse and Hammett CHAPTER THIRTEEN Anthony Minghella: The Talented Mr. Ripley Liliana Cavani: Ripley's Game Afterword by Jim Welsh Filmography Selected Bibliography Index About the Author

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780810881891
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 322
  • ID: 9780810881891
  • weight: 621
  • ISBN10: 0810881896

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly