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Silver, Alain 1947-

Works: 101 works in 506 publications in 5 languages and 13,444 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Film noir  Detective and mystery films  Fiction  Catalogs  Interviews  Film adaptations  Encyclopedias  Prison films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Producer, Actor, Creator, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: PN1995.9.F54, 791.43655
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Most widely held works about Alain Silver
Most widely held works by Alain Silver
The samurai film by Alain Silver( Book )

38 editions published between 1975 and 2007 in English and German and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The image of a lone hero, marked by a violent past and bound by honor, has exerted an endless fascination on film audiences the world over, but nowhere more than in Japan, where Samurai films have gained legions of passionate followers." "Alain Silver deconstructs the key aspects of this vital fim genre, from its focus on violence and death as a means of understanding life and the significance of swords and weaponry to key elements and motifs such as hara-kiri, rebellion, and nostalgia for Japan's feudal past. With comprehensive filmographies of the major directors and films, a survey of the history and myths of the Samurai, a glossary of Japanese terms, and extensively illustrated with more than two hundred photos, this revised and expanded edition of The Samurai Film is the ultimate resource for one of world cinema's most influential and compelling genres."--Jacket
Film noir reader( Book )

50 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This bountiful anthology combines all the key early writings on film noir with many newer essays, including some published here for the first time. The collection is assembled by the editors of the Third Edition of Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, now regarded as the standard work on the subject." --Book Jacket
Murder, my sweet by Edward Dmytryk( Visual )

2 editions published between 1945 and 2004 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A down-on-his-luck private detective searches for an ex-convict's missing girlfriend and finds himself in a dark world of mayhem and murder
The noir style by Alain Silver( Book )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Replete with sinister and scintillating photos, this book handsomely and uniquely illustrates the graphic impact of film noir in images that practically speak for themselves. Cover hard-boiled detectives, tough dames, mean streets, and seedy gangsters that populated movie classics like The Maltese Falcon (1940), Double Indemnity (1944), The Naked City (1948), and Touch of Evil (1958). It is arranged under such classifications as "Dark Mirror," "Night and the City," "Deadly Is the Female," and "Neo-Noir"-
Film noir : an encyclopedic reference to the American style( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film noir : an encyclopedic reference to the American style by Alain Silver( Book )

10 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film noir : the encyclopedia( Book )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an overview of the characters, themes, and motifs featured in film noir, including contemporary contributions to the genre
Brute force by Jules Dassin( Visual )

2 editions published between 1947 and 2007 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joe Collins, along with his fellow inmates, live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins's dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains"--Container
David Lean and his films by Alain Silver( Book )

17 editions published between 1974 and 1992 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vampire film : from Nosferatu to Bram Stoker's Dracula by Alain Silver( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Focusing on [recent films] from the United States and abroad that found inspiration in the vampire theme ..., the authors consider and analyze each picture in detail: its style and approach, plot, acting, cinematography, set design, special effects--and finally its quality of achievement"--Page 4 of cover
Thieves' highway by Jules Dassin( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Vividly depicts the perilous world of 'long-haul boys', who drive by night to bring their goods to the markets of America's cities. Ex-G.I. Nick Garcos [is] a tyro trucker bent on satisfaction from the man responsible for crippling his father, ruthless market operator Mike Figlia. But when Figlia gets wise to his plan, Nick finds himself in a web of treachery and heartbreak."--Container
Lady in the lake by Robert Montgomery( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Marlow sets out to find the missing wife of a publishing magnate. Several smack-arounds, one dead gigolo, a few angry cops, a booze-soaked frame-up and one dame in the lake later, Marlowe finds the killer and finds he's looking at the business end of a gun
Film noir by Alain Silver( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with a general overview of film noir and covering its most important themes chapter by chapter (lovers plan murder, corrupt police, doomed love, psychological noir, and more), this illustrated handbook provides access to the film noir genre for amateurs and aficionados alike
The film director's team by Elizabeth Ward( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film noir reader 3 : interviews with filmmakers of the classic noir period by Robert Porfirio( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third in the Film Noir series. Directors, producers and actors of film noir tell how it is done. Many film stills are included
Film noir reader 4( Book )

12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text identifies a handful of plot elements that consistently recur within film noir and analyses in depth the memorable pictures that, while vivid prototypes of certain cinematic themes, bend and break their moulds to find new ways to enthrall and frighten us
Robert Aldrich : a guide to references and resources by Alain Silver( Book )

11 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles by Raymond Chandler( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excerpts from the works of Raymond Chandler juxtaposed to photographs of Los Angeles
The gangster film reader( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1930s the gangster film in the United States coincided with a very real and very sensational gangsterism at large in American society. Little Caesar (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), and Scarface (1932) borrowed liberally from the newspapers and books of the era. With the release of just these three motion pictures in barely more than a year's time, Hollywood quintessentially defined the genre. The characters, the situations, and the icons-from fast cars and tommy-guns to fancy fedoras and fancier molls-established the audience expectations associated with the gangster film that remain in force to this day. As with their Film Noir Reader series, using both reprints of seminal articles and new pieces, editors Silver and Ursini have assembled a group of essays that presents an exhaustive overview of this still vital genre. Reprints of work by such well-known film historians as Robin Wood, Andrew Sarris, Carlos Clarens, Paul Schrader, and Stuart Kaminsky explore the evolution of the gangster film through the 1970s and The Godfather. Parts 2 and 3 comprise two dozen newer articles, most of them written expressly for this volume by Ursini and Silver. These case studies and thematic analyses, from White Heat to the remake of Scarface to "The Sopranos," complete the anthology
L.A. noir : the city as character by Alain Silver( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmbuffs explore the world of noir cinema in a Los Angeles context withthis guide to noir films and their California settings. This bookillustrates how these films use L.A.'s diverse cityscape andarchitecture to convey a unique vision of urban corruption andexistential fatalism, in both the gritty downtown area and the outlyingaffluent communities like Malibu and Beverly Hills. Dozens of noir andneo-noir films are featured including classics such as DoubleIndemnity, Kiss Me Dead
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Film noir : an encyclopedic reference to the American style
Alternative Names
Silver, A.

실버, 알랜

シルヴァー, アラン

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Film noir readerThe noir styleFilm noir : an encyclopedic reference to the American styleFilm noir : the encyclopediaDavid Lean and his filmsThieves' highwayFilm noirThe film director's team