Encyclopedia of film noir / Geoff Mayer and Brian McDonnell.

By: Mayer, GeoffContributor(s): McDonnell, Brian | ebrary, IncMaterial type: TextTextSeries: ebraryPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2007Description: xiv, 477 p. : ill. ; 27 cmISBN: 9780313333064 (alk. paper); 0313333068 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Film noir -- EncyclopediasLOC classification: PN1995.9.F54 | M39 2007Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [451]-453) and index.

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Film authorities Mayer (La Trobe Univ.) and McDonnell (Massey Univ.-Auckland) deliver a well-researched, comprehensive guide to film noir history. The first part of the encyclopedia provides five excellent essays on the genre, complete with references, and the second part has entries on films, actors, and directors. Covering both the classical film noir cycle (1939-59) and the modern neo-noir period (1959-present), this work assesses many old standards (High Sierra, Treasure of the Sierra Madre) and modern films (Body Heat, Chinatown). In addition, it covers low-budget films, black films, and representative British films. Big name actors and directors (Bogart, Stanwyck, Hitchcock) are profiled, as are some unlikely minor ones like Hugh Beaumont. Most entries vary in length from one to three pages, but the genre essays are much longer. Other works such as M. F. Keaney's Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959 (CH, Sep'03, 41-0002) are available, and they cover more films. However, this one is hard to beat because of its broad focus, scholarly but readable style, and good organization. The essays on the film noir genre will appeal to academic libraries with film studies programs and public libraries with film aficionados. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. P. Flaherty Eastern Kentucky University

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Geoff Mayer is a Reader and Associate Professor in Cinema Studies at La Trobe University. He is Head of the School of Communications, Arts and Critical Enquiry. His previous books include: Roy Ward Baker , and the Guide to British Cinema (Greenwood, 2003).

Brian McDonnell is an experienced film teacher and researcher with a PhD from the University of Auckland. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Program Co-ordinator in Media Studies at the Auckland campus of Massey University in New Zealand. His previous publications include the book Fresh Approaches to Film (1998) and chapters in the Italian Encyclopaedias Storia del Cinema Mondiale and Dizionario del registi del cinema mondiale . He has achieved a high profile as an international television quiz contestant. Brian's ancestry goes back to Ireland and to Maori iwi (tribe) Tuhoe.

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