NOIR CITY E-Mag No. 25

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Issue 25 of the NOIR CITY e-magazine, released November 20, may be the FNF's most eclectic and wide-ranging issue yet with its focus on International Noir. Our motto, "It's a Bitter Little World" takes on even more significance when you realize noir is not a specifically American phenomenon. As several of the features in the new issue attest, the noir ethos found expression in cinemas around the world—either contemporaneous with the artistic movement in Hollywood, or inspired by it during the years following. As examples: our cover story, by the always insightful and eloquent Imogen Sara Smith, offers an overview of Mexican Noir; Jake Hinkson offers a terrific introduction to the films of Japanese auteur Yoshitaro Nomura; Brian Light reviews Budapest Noir and interviews the film's director Éva Gárdos; Ray Banks provides an insightful profile of actor Patrick McGoohan.

We're also proud to introduce two new contributors in this issue: Ehsan Khoshbakht, co-director of the annual Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna, offers a fascinating look at the career of Iranian director Samuel Khachikian, and Lisa Lieberman provides an intriguing exploration of how Hollywood exploited "Asian exotica," specifically in film noir.

More than 100 sensational pages, including the usual stellar array of theatrical, Blu-ray/DVD and books reviews, plus an outstanding essay by Steve Kronenberg on Roger Corman's The Intruder, and the "5 Favorites" contribution by the legendary comic book writer/artist Jim Steranko. NOIR CITY Issue 25 will really broaden your dark horizons.


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NOIR CITY Annual #10

A stellar collection of writing here! 2018's NOIR CITY Annual 10, the best of the best from the Film Noir Foundation's 2017 quarterly NOIR CITY e‑magazines, is an essential addition for your bookshelves—essays, interviews, profiles, tributes, and reviews of classic and modern noir films from writers in top form -- including Imogen Sara Smith, Jake Hinkson, Ray Banks, Sharon Knolle, Brian Light, Danny Gardner, Trina Robbins, Sean Axmaker, Alan K. Rode, Eric Beetner, Steve Kronenberg, and Eddie Muller. Book layout and design by Michael Kronenberg. And, as with any purchase from the FNF, when you buy NOIR CITY Annual 10, you'll be helping fund the non-profit foundation's film restoration efforts. PURCHASE AT AMAZON

NOIR CITY E-mag Excerpts


Bill Bowers: The Court Jester of Film Noir

Bowers could adapt literary source material, create an original screenplay, or punch up dialogue in an existing script. Alan K. Rode explains why Bill Bowers was the best screenwriter in the business. READ

Dirty Sand: Beach Culture in Film Noir

The images Hollywood produced of beach culture weren't always sunny. As Jake Hinkson details, some of the most interesting, and subversive, images of California beaches are found in the noir films of the '40s and '50s. READ

Silent Noir: Policeman


Eddie Muller discusses the only pre-World War II movie by Tsunejir? "Tomu" Uchida that survives intact and its importance as a proto-noir.. READ

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