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Synopsis: Profiles six women who contributed to the success of the dark and sensual film noir genre of the 1950s, describing their fight against typecasting, their personal lives, their career, and their strive for fulfillment.
Review: Penzler Pick, August 2001: Two years ago, I wrote a book titled 101 Greatest Films of Mystery and Suspense. In addition to watching every one of those movies again (not exactly a horrendous ordeal), I did tons of research, flipping through or reading more than a hundred books about film. The best book--the one with the most offbeat stories and anecdotes, the most accurate information, and the most entertainingly written--was Dark City by Eddie Muller. It was a fascinating study of the great films noir, and a page didn't go by without my learning something.
Now Muller is back with Dark City Dames. It's a very different kind of book, not offering the big-picture overview that Dark City did, but it's nearly as fascinating. It's a portrait of six of the greatest femme fatales of the wonderful black-and-white crime movies that filled the screens in the 1940s and '50s: Jane Greer (the star, with Robert Mitchum, of Out of the Past and The Big Steal), Marie Windsor (The Killing, The Narrow Margin), Ann Savage (Detour), Evelyn Keyes (The Prowler, Johnny O'Clock), Audrey Totter (The Lady in the Lake, The Unsuspected), and Coleen Gray (The Sleeping City, Kiss of Death, Nightmare Alley).
But these aren't rehashes of plots and quotes from the rave reviews of these stars. Muller personally interviewed each of them, and the second half of the book is a kind of "Where are they now?" Perhaps oddly--perhaps not--these wicked, lying, cheating, double-crossing, money-hungry temptresses of the screen turn out to be rather nice ladies, as normal as one could expect of beautiful movie stars, and Muller brings them fully to life.
There are regrets here, both on the part of the reader and of Muller, that space couldn't be devoted to many of the biggest female stars of film noir. There's no Barbara Stanwyck, or Gloria Grahame, or Veronica Lake, or Lisabeth Scott, or Claire Trevor, or Ida Lupino. Scott became a silent recluse, and the others had died. But that is only in real life. On the screen they will live forever, just as they do in Muller's marvelous love letter to them all. --Otto Penzler
Title: DARK CITY DAMES The Wicked Women of Film ...
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Good +
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Harper, 2001. Condition: Good. 1 Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP96561008
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Book Description Harper Collins. Condition: Very Good, Very Good. First Edition, 2001. 8VO, B/W Photos, Hardcover Hardcover in dust jacket. SIGNED by author Eddie Muller on half title page.Crisp black cloth boards with title on spine in gold. Text pages are crisp and clean. Color illustrated dust jacket is in excellent condition and has been placed in new protective mylar. Always carefully wrapped and shipped in cardboard boxes to protect your purchase. Seller Inventory # 038622
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