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 Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills

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What is your favorite mystery/suspense movie? Mine are below:
1. The Big Clock
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2. Laura
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3. Odd Man Out
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4. Lady from Shanghai
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5. Out of the Past
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6. Venetian Bird
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7. Lady in the Lake
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8. Quai des Orfevres
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9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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10. The Third Man
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Total Votes : 1


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Join date : 2010-02-02

PostSubject: Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:15 pm

For all you movie buffs out
there, this is an outstanding reference book.
Subtitled Mystery, Suspense, Film
Noir and Detective Movies on DVD
, this is one of the most comprehensive and
detailed summaries of the genres (as indicated by the subtitle) that I’ve seen
compiled to date. Written in two parts, the first 300 pages provides short but
concise descriptions of well over 200 titles on currently released on DVD. Sorted alphabetically, each mini-review
provides detailed information on the cast, the film crew and studio, a synopsis,
interesting production notes and a critical summary of the film itself. The book is illustrated by a couple hundred
photos–mostly stills from the actual movies–, which work nicely to break up the
text in this extensive project.

A pseudo-historical essay
on film noir dominates the second part.
(I use “pseudo” here, as it’s neither chronological, nor dominated by
industry facts). The main vehicle for
the education is a discussion of the actors and directors, and comments about
the films themselves. This combination
provides revealing and colorful insights on the evolution of this long-lived
era of film. This includes sub-genres
such as musical noir, comic noir and mysteries and thrillers themselves. Also included are interesting (albeit much
shorter) essays on film noir character icons such as Sherlock Holmes and The
Thin Man; and the screen adaptations of author Raymond Chandler.

It is clear from the
writing that Reid knows his stuff. Most
of the work concentrates on films from the late 20’s to the 50’s, which
includes a mix of no holds-barred criticism and scholarly interpretation of the
industry. The author has a crisp and
concise writing style that is both rich and at the same time interesting and easy
to digest.

If I have one criticism for
this book, it’s very minor. I would
have liked to see an introduction by the author to introduce the two parts and
how they were written. I’m sure that
this would have been as fascinating as the rest of the work.

Professional film critic,
John Howard Reid, examined over 1,200 DVD’s in the mystery/suspense field,
resulting in more than 700 film reviews.

For film aficionados of the
genre, this is a must read and fine contribution to your library. I’d recommend reading the essays first (the
last 150 pages), then place this next to your DVD player for constant

Reviewer: Gregg J. Haugland, Allbooks Reviews.

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