NOIR CITY E-Mag No. 28
This issue's cover story by Imogen Sara Smith gives an incisive look at the life and films of writer-director José Giovanni and will be an eye-opener for many readers, even if they are familiar with some of the films based on his scripts, such as Le Trou (1960, Jacques Backer), Classe tous risques (1960, Claude Sautet), and Le deuxième souffle (1966, Jean-Pierre Melville). If noir exists in a turbulent terrain of moral ambiguity, Giovanni's story might be the ultimate real-life example: a death-row inmate, convicted of murder, reprieved by Fate, redeemed by Art—or was he?
Also, in this issue, John Wranovics interviews actor-writer-director Edward Norton about his new film Motherless Brooklyn, and Jake Hinkson gives an insightful comparison of that film's source novel to Norton's finished film. We also have essays by two new contributors, Farran Smith Nehme and Nora Fiore, exceptional cinephiles known in the Twitter-sphere as, respectively, "The Self-Styled Siren" and "The Nitrate Diva."
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