I’ve read and reviewed a lot of books about film-noir. But what I really liked about this one was how it was organized and presented.
The author picked out some of the absolute best noir pictures and really goes into great detail on them. At the end of each big chapter, he adds in a few other noir movies that one can pair or compare with the movie he just spent a lot of time talking about at length.
This is a big, meaty book and while I’ve read close to a dozen books on noir cinema, there is a ton of information and details here that I hadn’t heard elsewhere. A lot of these books feel like more of the same but this one doesn’t. It’s rich and it comes from a place of real appreciation and love for these movies.
Additionally, once the book gets to the end of what’s considered the classic film-noir era (the 1940s and 1950s), it spends some time going over a lot of the neo-noir films that came after.
All in all, this was a refreshing read with a lot of unique insight that I hadn’t found anywhere else.
Pairs well with: other books on film-noir: Into the Dark, Film Noir FAQ and The Dark Side of the Screen.