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Hollywood historian weighs in on the ‘best of’ film noir




Susan Vargas' (Janet Leigh) inquisitiveness leads to her kidnapping by a group of hoodlums in Orson Welles'
Susan Vargas' (Janet Leigh) inquisitiveness leads to her kidnapping by a group of hoodlums in Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil."

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Film noir fans understand the allure of darkness.

Broody and passionate, they love stories that don’t carry the promise of a happy ending. Color? Who needs it? Musicals? Don’t even start.

For the kind of fan that can’t get enough of “Sunset Boulevard,” Hollywood Historian Mark A. Viera has put an inside spin on the genre that could satisfy the most avid film noir addict.

"Into the Dark" by Mark A. Vieira (Running Press, 2016)
Running Press

Vieira’s book, “Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950,” dives into the history of these shadowy classics with a voices of artists who were on set during that time, and journalists who wrote about the films’ breakthroughs on-screen. It was also a way to tell the story of how those movies broke into an entertainment industry built on lightheartedness.

Vieira speaks with Larry Mantle today about his book, the origins of film noir and his favorite films of the genre.

What’s your favorite film noir pick?

Guest:

Mark A. Vieira, Author of the book, “Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950” (Running Press, 2016) and writer and photographer specializing in Hollywood history