Dark City: Lost World of Film Noir

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Weaving together reproduced images and a gritty wise-cracking commentary that pulls no punches. This book recreates the seedy, single-streetlight world of Hammett and Chandler. From "Double Indemnity" to "Chinatown", Bogart to Ladd, delivering the goods - straight, no chaser.

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"The best book ever written on film noir."--"Mystery Scene"
"Eddie Muller seriously takes film noir not too seriously--just the right mix, and with great stills."--Paul Schrader
""Dark City" is a thoroughly enjoyable companion to the unique, sometimes twisted pleasures of film noir, from acknowledged classics like "Out of the Past" to lesser-known gems like "Born to Kill" and "The Chase." In a genre where some see mostly fatalism and social critique, Eddie Muller also finds humor, eroticism, and the unfettered inventiveness of an extraordinary generation of directors and actors."--Geoffrey O'Brien, author of "The Phantom Empire"
"This ultimate companion to gritty black-and-white postwar classics reveals that the dark stars led desperate, nefarious lives both on-screen and off."--"Details"
"Even if you aren't a film buff, you'll probably find "Dark City" compelling. . . . Muller's plot summaries and insider accoutns of moviemaking are fitting companions to the brooding images that accompany them."--the "Washington Post"
"A pictorial anthology on the American existentialist crime movie . . . rich in background anecdotes and the argot of the genre."--"San Francisco Examiner"
"Dig it: Eddie Muller's "Dark City" is a righteous, rip-snorting riff on the ultimate cinematic genre--film noir. This book displays a salutary knowledge of the underpinnings of the genre; serves as a fabulous reference book; and most importantly, dishes the real life dirt on the freaks, geeks, commies, nymphos, hopheads, has-beens, red-baiters, and all-purpose fiends who made this genre great."--James Ellroy

The best book ever written on film noir. "Mystery Scene"

Eddie Muller seriously takes film noir not too seriously--just the right mix, and with great stills. "Paul Schrader"

"Dark City" is a thoroughly enjoyable companion to the unique, sometimes twisted pleasures of film noir, from acknowledged classics like "Out of the Past" to lesser-known gems like "Born to Kill" and "The Chase." In a genre where some see mostly fatalism and social critique, Eddie Muller also finds humor, eroticism, and the unfettered inventiveness of an extraordinary generation of directors and actors. "Geoffrey O'Brien, author of The Phantom Empire"

This ultimate companion to gritty black-and-white postwar classics reveals that the dark stars led desperate, nefarious lives both on-screen and off. "Details"

Even if you aren't a film buff, you'll probably find "Dark City" compelling. . . . Muller's plot summaries and insider accoutns of moviemaking are fitting companions to the brooding images that accompany them. "the Washington Post"

A pictorial anthology on the American existentialist crime movie . . . rich in background anecdotes and the argot of the genre. "San Francisco Examiner"

Dig it: Eddie Muller's "Dark City" is a righteous, rip-snorting riff on the ultimate cinematic genre--film noir. This book displays a salutary knowledge of the underpinnings of the genre; serves as a fabulous reference book; and most importantly, dishes the real life dirt on the freaks, geeks, commies, nymphos, hopheads, has-beens, red-baiters, and all-purpose fiends who made this genre great. "James Ellroy""

The best book ever written on film noir. Mystery Scene

Eddie Muller seriously takes film noir not too seriously--just the right mix, and with great stills. Paul Schrader

Dark City is a thoroughly enjoyable companion to the unique, sometimes twisted pleasures of film noir, from acknowledged classics like Out of the Past to lesser-known gems like Born to Kill and The Chase. In a genre where some see mostly fatalism and social critique, Eddie Muller also finds humor, eroticism, and the unfettered inventiveness of an extraordinary generation of directors and actors. Geoffrey O'Brien, author of The Phantom Empire

This ultimate companion to gritty black-and-white postwar classics reveals that the dark stars led desperate, nefarious lives both on-screen and off. Details

Even if you aren't a film buff, you'll probably find Dark City compelling. . . . Muller's plot summaries and insider accoutns of moviemaking are fitting companions to the brooding images that accompany them. the Washington Post

A pictorial anthology on the American existentialist crime movie . . . rich in background anecdotes and the argot of the genre. San Francisco Examiner

Dig it: Eddie Muller's Dark City is a righteous, rip-snorting riff on the ultimate cinematic genre--film noir. This book displays a salutary knowledge of the underpinnings of the genre; serves as a fabulous reference book; and most importantly, dishes the real life dirt on the freaks, geeks, commies, nymphos, hopheads, has-beens, red-baiters, and all-purpose fiends who made this genre great. James Ellroy

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"The best book ever written on film noir." --Mystery Scene

"Eddie Muller seriously takes film noir not too seriously--just the right mix, and with great stills." --Paul Schrader

"Dark City is a thoroughly enjoyable companion to the unique, sometimes twisted pleasures of film noir, from acknowledged classics like Out of the Past to lesser-known gems like Born to Kill and The Chase. In a genre where some see mostly fatalism and social critique, Eddie Muller also finds humor, eroticism, and the unfettered inventiveness of an extraordinary generation of directors and actors." --Geoffrey O'Brien, author of The Phantom Empire

"This ultimate companion to gritty black-and-white postwar classics reveals that the dark stars led desperate, nefarious lives both on-screen and off." --Details

"Even if you aren't a film buff, you'll probably find Dark City compelling. . . . Muller's plot summaries and insider accoutns of moviemaking are fitting companions to the brooding images that accompany them." --the Washington Post

"A pictorial anthology on the American existentialist crime movie . . . rich in background anecdotes and the argot of the genre." --San Francisco Examiner

"Dig it: Eddie Muller's Dark City is a righteous, rip-snorting riff on the ultimate cinematic genre--film noir. This book displays a salutary knowledge of the underpinnings of the genre; serves as a fabulous reference book; and most importantly, dishes the real life dirt on the freaks, geeks, commies, nymphos, hopheads, has-beens, red-baiters, and all-purpose fiends who made this genre great." --James Ellroy

About the Author:

Eddie Muller, a writer and designer, is the creative director of St. Francis Studio, producing storytelling in all media. He co-authored Grindhouse (St. Martin's Griffin, 1996), a history of adults-only cinema in America, and his other books include Dark City Dames and The Art of Film Noir. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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