This NOIR CITY Magazine is spectacular — featuring the electrifying combination of insightful writing and inspired graphic design we proudly consider our standard. In issue #35, we announce this year's Modern Noir Master, an award annually bestowed by the FNF upon a contemporary artist whose work has extended the traditions of classic film noir. This year writer-director John Dahl, who created such neo-noirs as Red Rock West (1993), The Last Seduction (1994), Unforgettable (1996), Rounders (1998), and Joyride (2001), joins the ranks of previous recipients Stephen Frears, James Ellroy, David Mamet, and Mike Hodges. NOIR CITY's Sam Moore speaks at length with Dahl about his steady, sturdy, noir-stained career.
Stellar contributions to this issue: Nora Fiore (The Nitrate Diva) considers the vital role of lipstick in film noir; Chris D. has written a mini-memoir that reveals the connection between film noir and punk rock, both on a personal and cultural level; and stalwart contributor Jake Hinkson assesses film noir's dark visions of academia. For your noir history, John Wranovics' article on Harry Popkin (Rolling the Bones for the Heavy Sugar) is a must, as is Nathalie Atkinson's The Set‑Up Reborn. Many other surprises and insights are in store, as well as all our regular features.
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FROM NOIR CITY MAGAZINE NO. 30
Christa Faust pays tribute to her top ten portrayals of “women of a certain age” in film noir plus her honorable mentions and a prime selection from the neo-noir genre. READ
Sharon Knolle explores the noir genre’s dirties cops from the classic era through the turbulent seventies and into the modern era. READ
In this issue’s edition installment, Ben Terrall dives into Richard Brook’s novel The Brick Foxhole, the controversy around it, and its big screen adaption, Crossfire and the elements left out of it. READ