Taschen Books began in 1980 and was originally known as Taschen Comics. Since then they have progressed far beyond just comics and have become a leader of innovative, beautifully designed art books. Their books come in all sizes from massive tomes to small collectibles and each one is a work of art in itself.
One of their latest offerings takes a look at film noir and gives us a detailed look at their 100 all-time favorites starting with 1920’s “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” to 2011’s “Drive.” Here is how they describe their latest gem, “Film Noir: 100 All-Time Favorites.”:
Enter a world populated by private eyes, gangsters, psychopaths, and femmes fatales, where deception, lust, and betrayal run rampant. The first film-by-film photography book on film noir and neo-noir, this essential collection begins with the early genre influencers of German and French silent film, journeys through such seminal works such as “Double Indemnity”, “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” and “Vertigo”, and arrives at the present day via “Chinatown”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Heat”, and the recent cult favorite “Drive”.
Entries include posters, tons of rare stills, cast/crew details, quotes from the films and from critics, and analyses of the films. Film director, film noir scholar, and “Taxi Driver” screenwriter Paul Schrader provides the introduction to this feast of noir worship. Populated by the genre’s most revered directors, like Hitchcock, Wilder, Welles, Polanski, Mann, and Scorsese, the book also pays homage to its iconic faces, including Mitchum, Bogart, Hayworth, Bergman, Grant, Bacall, Crawford, Nicholson, Pacino, and so many more.
The book is a MASSIVE 686 pages and covers recent fan favorites like, “The Dark Knight”, “Se7En”, “No Country For Old Men” and “Sin City” but it also goes back to some amazing classics like “Rear Window”, “The Third Man”, and 1962’s “Cape Fear.”
The book pointed out a ton of movies that we have never seen or were not on our radar and after reading about them, they are now on our list of must-see films. The old movie posters are simply enchanting and we loved the one liners that start off every commentary…“And suddenly the shadows began to move.”, or “Body of a man, soul of a geek.”, and the office favorite “They had to know all the answers. Failure to do so would mean a bad grade later on in the shape of a bullet or an ice pick.”
“Film Noir: 100 All-Time Favorites” is an absolute must-have for film buffs and the images and commentary will keep you entertained and give you insight into some of the best that the silver screen ever offered. You can order your copy from Taschen HERE. Follow Taschen on TWITTER for updates on new releases.