Geoff Mayer and Brian McDonnell, "Encyclopedia of Film Noir"
Publisher: Greenwood | ISBN: 0313333068 | edition 2007 | PDF | 494 pages | 3,15 mb
When viewers think of film noir, they often picture actors like Humphrey Bogart playing characters like Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, the film based on the book by Dashiell Hammett. Yet film noir is a genre much richer. The authors first examine the debate surrounding the parameters of the genre and the many different ways it is defined. They discuss the Noir City, its setting and backdrop, and also the cultural (WWII) and institutional (the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, and the Production Code Administration) influences on the subgenres.