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 is a contributor to the new book on America’s former Poet Laureate “Conversations With W.S. Merwin” and co-author of “The Hawaii Movie and Television Book“.

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