David Landau’s Film Noir Production: The Whodunit of the Classic American Mystery Film is a book meant for those who like a good story, one the Noir Films always delivered, concentrating on the characters more than anything else. Readers will find in these pages many behind-the-scenes tales of the productions of certain hard-boiled film classics and the prime players involved in their creation, from Darryl Zanuck and Raymond Chandler to John Seitz and Billy Wilder.
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This book is an indispensible companion text for anyone studying or interested in film noir, film history, the bygone days of the Hollywood film factories or how movies are actually made.
"’The stuff that dreams are made of.’ What Sam Spade said in The Maltese Falcon definitely applies to Film Noir Production. If you truly want to learn how the dark dreams of these films were conceived and written, let alone produced, David Landau’s book is a must read."
–David Carren, screenwriter, Silver Palm Award winner, Writer’s Guild Award nominee
"Film Noir Production is a breezy yet informative look at the content and making of Film Noir. If you weren't a fan of the genre before, you will be after reading this book!"
–Peter Kiwitt, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, Director member, Director's Guild of America
Chapter 1: Noir Comes to Light (The Maltese Falcon)
Chapter 2: The Noir Hero (Murder My Sweet)
Chapter 3: The Noir Anti-Hero (This Gun for Hire)
Chapter 4: The Femmes of Noir: They Aren’t Always Fatale (Double Indemnity)
Chapter 5: Directors and Noir: A Dark Relationship (Laura)
Chapter 6: The Noir Cast (The Big Sleep)
Chapter 7: Noir Themes (Macao)
Chapter 8: Noir Style; Cinematography, Sets, Costumes and Music (The Big Combo)
Chapter 9: Noir Speak: Dialog and Narration (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
Chapter 10: Noir Today, Noir Tomorrow: Noir’s Rebirth, Neo Noirs and Noir Influence (House of Games)
Appendix 1: Suggested Noir Films
Appendix 2: Books on Film Noir