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What better illustration can be found to define Noir than the Fatal Lady and the harsher than hard pulp title below. Of all the glorious
film genres out there it's the american Film Noir from the 1940's and the early 1950's that i love the most. When a melting pot of talents
from all over the world, directors, script writers, cinematographers and actors, forced together by the WW2, created the greatest films
ever made. When the art of lighting a scene was at it's highest point, when the actors looked the best due to clothing- and hair styles,
when the soundtracks were most atmospheric and when great authors of the 20th century as William Faulkner and Graham Greene
helped writing the scripts to the dark tales.

The Crime fiction from this point in time became the foundation, created the archetypes for most of the modern crime, thriller and action
films. The Notion Film Noir could emanate from early 1950's French film critics and US pulp fiction then released in France in the Black
Series, Série Noire, the crime stories that the films were based on (compare with Italy and Gialli that were based on crime stories released
in the Yellow/Giallo series there. Also, the cover artists are finally getting their dues and recognition, for their beautiful noirish art

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James Hadley Chase


Below there's some cool sleeves from old pulp fiction and some newer crime writing. Fredric Brown (see above link) also wrote
Sci-Fi, just as John D. MacDonald. A Fatal lady, one of the epitomes of pulp fiction and Film Noir and sometimes with a smoking
gun in her hand. Ed McBain told about police procedure and the 87th Precinct. A Damsel in Distress was a popular subject in the
pulp fiction cover art. Ellroy, the neo-noir loose cannon with the solution to the famous Black Dahlia murder case.
Leonard, another neo-noir Master and one of my absolute favourite crime writers. Finally, the great Estleman keeps the Private
Detective writing style living on with his Amos Walker series and the delightfully scruffy settings of industrial city Detroit


The Big City - a jungle with human predators, sexuality, the fast buck, life and death, night and shadow

Some themes central for the 1940's Hollywood film and crime fiction. Femme Fatales, Bad Cops and disillusioned looser
heroes often turned anti-heroes, often dead anti-heroes, at the end. Something completely else than the family-friendly
syrupy fluff, endless superhero stuff and/or patriotic slush that the Factory assaults the zombiefied world with today.

Among the directors geniuses as Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Jaques Torneur, Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G.
Ulmer, Howard Hawks and Joseph H. Lewis must be mentioned. The writers ... see the above Pulp Fiction section ...
but Cornell Woolrich is my favourite and many of his novels/stories has been filmed, as Phantom Lady and The Black
Angel. Most of these classic Film Noirs have been restored and released on DVD or BR and many also, as being in the
public domain, can also be seen legally on Youtube streaming - Read more about Film Noir on my FN Page

Tom Neal (from 1945 Detour) - The Personification of Angst

Read About Film Noir, the movies that was based on these Pulp Fiction novels and stories - on my Film Noir Page

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