What could be more unsettling than the steely look on Gene Tierneys face as she watches her young brother-in-law drown in Leave Her to Heaven? Or Barbara Stanwycks voice in Double Indemnity as she coolly tells her lover that it is straight down the line for both of us in their plot to murder her husband. Though often thought of as primarily male vehicles, films noirs offered some of the most complex female roles of any movies of the 1940s and 1950s. Stars such as Stanwyck, Tierney and Crawford produced some of their finest performances in noir, while such lesser known actresses as Peggie Castle, Hope Emerson and Helen Walker made a lasting impression on moviegoers with their roles in the genre. These six women and 43 others who were most frequently featured in films noirs are profiled here, focusing primarily on their work in the genre and its impact on their careers. A filmography of all noir appearances is provided for each actress.
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Karen Burroughs Hannsberry writes regularly for Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. She lives in Chicago.From Booklist:
The film noir, according to Hannsberry, is recognized by its somber mood and tone; cynical heroes and villains; and visual elements like looming shadows, foggy nights, and rain-swept streets. Most of these films were produced during the 1940s and 1950s. The "femmes" of film noir are the actresses featured in these movies, and this book recounts the personal and professional stories of 49 of them.
Each entry begins with a striking black-and-white studio portrait set off by a black border and captioned with the entrant's name in large print. An essay ranging in length from 7 to 15 pages follows, providing a biography and an account of film roles. One, and sometimes two, publicity stills often accompany the text. Entries are finished off with a "Film Noir Filmography," in which the director, producer, cast, month/year of release, and running time of each film are listed. The references that follow are usually citations of magazines and newspaper articles, and, in a few cases, books.
Who are the femmes of film noir? Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford, Ida Lupino, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gene Tierney are among the quintessential types. Less familiar are Peggy Cummins, Hope Emerson, Coleen Gray, Ella Raines, and Helen Walker. A few actresses better known for other kinds of film roles--Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and Lana Turner--are included because each appeared in at least a few noir films. A bibliography of several pages and an index by personal name and film titles completes a work suitable for reference and performing-arts collections in academic and large public libraries.
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Descripción McFarland & Company, 1998. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0786404299
Descripción McFarland & Company, 1998. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 786404299
Descripción McFarland & Company, 1998. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0786404299
Descripción McFarland & Company, 1998. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110786404299