The Murky Politics of Film Noir

The Other Muller Report

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 2019 Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election probed crimes and misdemeanors at the highest levels of the Trump campaign and U.S. government. In what could be called The Other Muller Report, author Eddie Muller takes readers and cinefiles on a deep dive into a Hollywood crime genre full of hard-boiled gumshoes, femme fatales, crooked cops, hoods, corrupt politicians and businessmen, where GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone would feel right at home. But unlike the former FBI Director’s Muller Report, Eddie Muller’s Dark City, The Lost World of Film Noir is unredacted.

This outstanding, lavishly illustrated film history book definitively covers the waterfront of this shadowy brand of pictures that explores the seamy underside of life – and death. Muller is the world’s leading authority on Film Noir, who has written three nonfiction books on the genre and hosts the weekly Noir Alley series on Turner Classic Movies (TCM Noir Alley). In terms of text and layout, Muller’s revised, expanded Dark City, The Lost World of Film Noir (Running Press) is a movie history masterpiece.

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Ed Rampell was named after legendary CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow because of his TV exposes of Senator Joe McCarthy. Rampell majored in Cinema at Manhattan’s Hunter College and is an L.A.-based film historian/critic who co-organized the 2017 70th anniversary Blacklist remembrance at the Writers Guild theater in Beverly Hills and was a moderator at 2019’s “Blacklist Exiles in Mexico” filmfest and conference at the San Francisco Art Institute. Rampell co-presented “The Hollywood Ten at 75” film series at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is the author of Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and co-author of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.    

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