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. An analysis of the low budget and series
film noirs provides information on those cult classics.
With over 200
entries on films, directors, and actors , the Encyclopedia of Film Noir
is the most complete resource for film fans, students, and scholars.