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  • By Georgio Spelvini
    Mar 28, 2012
    Reading through Film Noir, Detective and Mystery Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Suspense, by John Howard Reid is like slipping on a favorite rain coat, and fedora, and having a nice glass of whiskey while I watch a good old black and white flick. I used to think that I was one of those “special” people because I liked to sit up nights and watch those dark movies on TV that we now classify as film noir. Little did I know that I am not special at all but a member in a large group of folks who enjoy wallowing in the shadowy world of cinematic ulterior motive and intention. A lot of these films were made under the studio system so scripts were written to enhance the particular screen presence of certain actors and actresses. These are well-made “Hollywood” products helmed under the direction of Howard Hawks, Carol Reed, John Huston, Otto Preminger and the like, and designed to deliver an ending that served what the common demographic desired. Reid has created a comprehensive list... More > of hundreds of great noir films, with cast & crew list, production credits, story synopsis, black-and-white photos, and writing on ‘noir film’ and it’s genesis, list of DVD suppliers, and interesting anecdotes on productions. This is a great book for any lover of film noir.< Less
  • By Tami Brady
    Dec 19, 2009
    Michael Woodhead- TCM Reviews They don’t make them like they used to do. And reading through this compendium of some of the best ‘mystery, suspense, film noir and detective movies on DVD’ reminded me of that. In many cases, these films were made under the studio system, whereby the scripts were tailored to the actors’ strengths and personalities. This is one reason why many of the old films were so good. The author has brought together outlines of hundreds of them, each complete with a cast list, the major production staff, copyright and release notices, story synopsis, and his own personal comment about the film. Also embellishing some of the outlines are dozens of black-and-white photos, as well as a lengthy but well-written article on ‘noir, crime and mystery’. Several other shorter articles are included, aimed at those interested in the genres—the best Sherlock Holmes, and Raymond Chandler as adapted for the movies, for example. Reid has done a marvelous job putting these all... More > together, thus taking a lot of the legwork out of trying to locate these movies for our viewing pleasure—he includes a small list of DVD suppliers where many of these films can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Many titles will be familiar; for example, The Maltese Falcon. However, those same people who recognize it might not realize that there were at least four adaptations of Dashiell Hammett’s 1929 five-part serial; two of the movies are included in the book, one starring Ricardo Cortez, the other with Humphrey Bogart. Other titles, of course, won’t be so familiar. There are some fascinating anecdotes, too. For example, for the movie Odd Man Out, “director Carol Reed asked the composer to write the score from the shooting script and record it, so that [James] Mason could walk in time to the beat”. Such tidbits encourage readers to find copies of the films in order to see for themselves how it was accomplished. So, for the lover of vintage thriller movies, this book would make an ideal and extremely informative purchase.< Less
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First Edition
Lulu Books
July 21, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.6 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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