thought getting out
of here would be easy, huh?
then, you haven't learned much about film noir from your time in the dark room, have you? actually, finding your way out of
here is no harder than leaving disneyland -- you simply have to pass through the souvenir
shop as you exit. no touristy schlock in the dark room store, though. we offer only the
finest-quality merchandise, if you know what i mean.
if you love film noir, you really should get
your hands on the essential books recommended below, which
can be purchased online (at low prices, from amazon.com) with a single click. all the movies explored in the dark room are also
listed here (most available for purchase) -- and i've highlighted the ones that really
must be part of any noir video library. (payment can be made easily with a
credit card over amazon's secure internet connection, or delivered by pre-arranged
agreement in a brown paper bag deposited in a phone booth on the other side of town in the
dead of night. and make sure you're alone. no funny stuff.)
have fun. and when you're really ready to leave,
you can exit, as usual, through the door at the bottom of the page...
3 key noir
i am deeply indebted to these three
beautifully designed, insightful, and entertaining books for all the exciting ideas
they've exposed me to over the years, the terrific movies they've helped me discover, the
occasional striking image they've unwittingly provided for the dark room
(gulp: thanks!) -- and especially for providing such absorbing company during
those long, dark, rainy nights in the naked city (seattle/los angeles/gotham)...
Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the
edited by Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward
to buy at 20% off: $23.16 oversized paperback
This indispensible guide to film noir
didn't come along until 1979, which will give you an idea of how recently the study of
noir has developed. It offers plot synopses, credits, and analysis of more than 300
important films noir, from the classics to the obscure, the formative years to
the neo-noir of the '60s and '70s. There's also a concise introduction that puts noir
in context. Chances are, if it's not in here, it's not noir.
Film Noir Reader
edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini
to buy at 20% off: $16.00 trade paperback
This amazing volume collects just about every
historically important article about film noir ever published! Until this came
along, you would have had to spend days in the library searching for all this stuff -- and
even then you'd be lucky to find some of these gems. Highlights include: an English
translation of the 1955 essay that started it all, "Towards a Definition of Film
Noir" by Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton; the landmark 1972 Film Comment
overview by Paul Schrader (who would soon write the screenplay for Taxi Driver);
case studies of Phantom Lady, The Killers, Kiss Me Deadly, and others; pieces
about the overwhelming influence of noir in the '80s and '90s, from Blade
Runner to Taxi Driver to Miami Vice (!); and a thoughtful,
provocative introduction that puts it all in perspective.
The Dark Side of the
Screen: Film Noir
by Foster Hirsch
to buy at 20% off: $14.36 oversized paperback
More than just the most beautiful coffee-table
book of stunning film noir images, Dark Side actually has writing to
match. Hirsch covers it all, from the influences of Expressionism, Neo-Realism, gangster
pictures, other visual arts, and the hard-boiled pulp fiction of Raymond Chandler,
Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain; to special chapters devoted to noir's
stylistics, narrative style, and treatment of "the city at night." Some of the
stills are so striking that you'll find yourself seeking out the movies just so you
can behold these incredible images in action.
Wanna do some other shopping? You can check
amazon.com's entire multi-million-title stock from right here...
please help jeeem defray just a wee
tiny fraction of what it costs to build and maintain jeeem's cinepad by occasionally
heeding one of those tiny tidbits of impassioned, authoritative consumer advice that
you'll find sprinkled here and there around the cinepad like runaway dust bunnies.
c'mon, trust me: treat
yourself to books and movies you simply must
experience before you die! all you have to do to immeasurably improve
your quality of life is to effortlessly click on an enthusiastically recommended cover or
title and voila! you can instantly order it from my pals at amazon.com.
more than just an acclaimed trailblazer in 24-hour web shopping, amazon is also the
world's largest independent bookstore, specializing in consistently low discount
prices, incredibly fast and attentive service, and unbeatable convenience. what's
not to love? (jeeem has been a devoted customer since the early days.) give it a
shot: it's quick, it's easy, it's fun, and it's an unbeatable deal for all of us.
don't forget: i've got to pay rent and
utilities to keep the cinepad roof over my head!
the dark room
opening soon: inside you'll discover
a comprehensive listing of the movies featured in the dark room
the (glass) key to all the place's hidden mysteries and treasures...
buh-bye! thanks! come back again