A revised and updated edition of the definitive study of film ir- the most original genre of American cinema- with a new afterword by the author Since The Dark Side of the Screen first appeared over two decades ago, it has served as the essential take on what has become one of today's most pervasive screen influences and enduringly popular genres. Covering over one hundred outstanding films and offering more than two hundred carefully chosen stills, it is by far the most thorough and entertaining study available of ir themes, visual motifs, character types, actors, and directors. This landmark work covers ir in full, from the iconic performances of Burt Lancaster, Joan Crawford, and Humphrey Bogart to the camera angles, lighting effects, and story lines that characterize the work of directors Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles. With a new afterword about the lasting legacy of ir as well as recently rediscovered films deserving of their own screenings alongside the classics, The Dark Side of the Screen reestablishes itself as both an unsurpassed resource and a captivating must-read for any fan of ir.
Foster Hirsch, a professor of Film at Brooklyn College, is the author of sixteen books on film and theatre, including Detours and Lost Highways: A Map of Neo-Noir Love, Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life: The Films of Woody Allen and Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King. He lives in New York.