Book Review: ‘The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir’ by Foster Hirsch

I’ve been studying up on film-noir and this is one of the better books I’ve read on the subject. It is a bit dated but it is still relevant to the material and written really well.

This book just flows nicely and covers a lot of ground for something that isn’t too massive. In fact, it is incredibly comprehensive and talks about dozens of movies, actors, directors, as well as film-noir’s influence on motion pictures that came out after the genre faded out.

Foster Hirsch covers so much ground, it is hard to sum it all up and it’s a book that I’m sure I will continue to reference in the future, whenever I watch a film-noir I haven’t yet experienced.

It is also packed full of great stills and production shots of the films and actors discussed.

If you are a fan of noir or you want to start dabbling in this style of picture, this book will give you a lot of direction in how to traverse through the genre’s heyday.

Rating: 9/10

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