Film Noir FAQ
Film Noir FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About Hollywood’s Golden Age of Dames, Detectives, and Danger
by David J. Hogan
“A book where even a die-hard fan will learn something.” —Goldmine magazine on the FAQ series
MONTCLAIR, NJ—Film noir pulls us close to brutal cops and scheming dames, desperate heist men and hardboiled private eyes, and the unlucky innocent citizens that get in their way. These are exciting movies with tough guys in trench coats and hot tomatoes in form-fitting gowns. The moon is a streetlamp, and the narrow streets are prowled by squad cars and long black limousines. Lives are often small but people’s plans are big—sometimes too big. Robbery, murder, gambling; the gun and the fist; the grift and the con game; the hard kiss and the brutal brush-off. It’s a genre where we are plunged into a disorienting place where everything we thought we knew is wrong.
Film Noir FAQ (Applause Books, April 2013, $22.99) by David J. Hogan celebrates and reappraises more than 200 noir thrillers, representing 20 years of Hollywood’s golden age. In detailing who made the films and who starred in them, as well as how each movie came to be, Film Noir FAQ brings lively attention to story, mood, themes, and technical detail, plus behind-the-scenes stories of the production of individual films. Hogan breaks the book down by theme and case files of key players like Alfred Hitchcock, Raymond Burr, Peter Lorre, Robert Wise, Fritz Lang, Raymond Chandler, Humphrey Bogart, and many others. Film noir icon Lizabeth Scott even contributes a brief message for readers of this book.
Featuring approximately 75 stills and posters—many never before published in book form—highlighting key moments of great noir movies, Film Noir FAQ serves up insights into many of the most popular and revered names in Hollywood history, including noir’s greatest stars, supporting players, directors, writers, and cinematographers. Pour a Scotch, light up a smoke, and lean back with your private guide to film noir.
David J. Hogan (Arlington Heights, IL) is a longtime writer about film, with four previous books, including Three Stooges FAQ, and hundreds of magazine pieces to his credit. He has contributed essays to a dozen multi-author books about the movies, and has long experience in L.A. and Chicago publishing. He is available for interview.
April 15, 2013
6“ x 9”
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group