"A particular delight if
youre intrigued by the whole world of film advertising
and the way ad art was designed to lure customers to
drop their dimes, quarters (and, eventually, dollar
bills) at the box office in the 40s and 50s."
Robert Osborne, Hollywood Reporter
"In the images and writing of The Art of Noir,
Muller has nailed down the essence of the genre."
Adam Bregman, S.F. Chronicle
"Sleek and deadly as a pair of silk stockings .
. . theres a whole malignant universe of desperate
fun in these pages."
George Tysh, Metro Times Detroit
Available in both hardcover and trade paper
Film Noir is all about style, even as much as it is about crime. The poster art from the noir era has a bold look and iconography all its own. A sizzling marriage of sex and violencethe sinuous figures of femmes fatales alongside the granite features of the tough guy starsmade this artwork dynamic and dangerous.
The more than 330 dazzling posters included in this volume range from classics Out of the Past, Touch of Evil, and The Big Sleep to obscurities such as The Devil Thumbs a Ride and Blonde Ice. Featured are rare offerings from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Japan, rounding out the knockout graphics of Hollywood. Background information is provided on the illustrators, many of whom have rarely received credit for their work.
The Art of Noir is the biggest selling poster book in Overlook Press history, its been translated into French by publishers Calmann-Levy, and its was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America and Mystery Readers International as the Best Critical/Biographical Work of 2002. Its a lurid and indispensable companion for movie buffs and collectors, as well as artists and designers.
SAYS EDDIE "Sometimes selling a book is blissfully simple. I sent a two paragraph fax to Overlook and said 'Somebodys going to do a film noir poster book and it might as well be me.' It took about two years to assemble and every minute was fun. If you dont love this stuff, youre not an Americanor French, Italian, German, British, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish . . . A dame with generous decolletage brandishing a .38who doesnt love that?"