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The be-all and end-all of film sites! A great starting point (and often, the ending point) for finding out about "that film with whats-his-name and the other one who was in that film with the dog and that chick who dated the guy from Friends."

An About.com site, which means lots and lots (and lots and lots) of good links on all kinds of classic flicks, all administered by fellow private eye genre fellow traveller Brad Lang, who also does the Hardboiled Heaven web site, and wrote the Crockett P.I. series. Of particular interest are his Top 200 Films and his Film Noir Page. He's also compiled a list of his Ten Favorite Detective, Hardboiled and Noir Films right here, on this site.

Part of an extensive site dedicated to all aspects of film, from genres to film financing and screenwriting resources.

According to the intro, the ultimate goal of SOLID! is the "publication of a complete guide to psychotronic black film & street literature from the 60s to now." Webmeister Mark Weddington is always looking for interviews, original articles, photos/posters/ad mats, publishing offers, videos, reference books, out-of-print paperbacks and any additional info pertaining to black film and African-American pulp fiction. SOLID's shares a "black street fiction" section with Crime City, all part of the giant Cathouse 2000 site. Can you dig it?

Yeah, sometimes the TV show got pretty hokey, but Ebert was pretty sharp at this film critic dodge. And he knew his stuff. In fact, any guy who says "Movies about private eyes have always been among my favorites" is jake with me. This site collects Roger's review, plus new reviews by some pretty sharp film buffs who've picked up the torch.

FILM NOIR

You may agree, or maybe you wont, but this is a pretty good starting point. For an argument and a night at the movies...

The world's only hard-copy newsletter devoted to all things film noir. Edited by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry, each eight-page, bi-monthly blast of bleak contains movie reviews, biographies of featured performers, memorable quotes, guest essays, photos, contests, and more! It may be a bitter little world, but The Dark Pages makes it alittle easier to swallow.

German-language site well worth investigating, even if you can't read a lick of German. The artwork alone -- most of it unfamiliar to American eyes, even for well-known films -- is worth the click. Online since November 2010, this site offers reviews from 1922 till today. Our reviews give, giving an overview of the content, history, style and quality of the movies available on DVD and blu-ray on the European market. And site co-founder Matthias Merkelbach says he's "seriously working on an English version."

A non-profit group created as an educational resource covering the "cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement." Think of it as a film noir rescue mission -- they're trying to find and preserve the films before they're gone for good, and to ensure that high quality prints remain for future generations.

Invaluable resource, linking to numerous intelligent, provacative and intriguing pieces on the genre, although it's woefully out of date now, with many of the links broken.

Everything you wanted to know about Spade, Marlowe and the other boys...

John Blaser offers further insights into women (and the concept of family) in noir.

Joe Carducci's brave stab at defining what is noir, and we merely think is noir. my head's still reeling.

Images (A Journal of Film and Popular Culture) takes a look at ten classic noirs. Well worth investigating.

Brief capsule descriptions of 18 more classic noirs.

Part of Tim Dirks' wonderful FilmSite, contains a smart, literate essay and list of essential noirs. Tim clearly knows his stuff.

Article by Andrew Mangravite on Miklos Rozsa, the man behind the music behind such noir classics as Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, The Killers, Brute Force, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands and The Asphalt Jungle.

DEALERS

A new source for crime-related movies, with a particular bent for gangster flicks. They have reviews, wallpapers, and a complete database of movies. Tell 'em Kevin sent ya...

Scott Blair's site bills itself as "one of the largest online selections of video cassettes, DVDs, movie memorabilia and collectibles in the world!" It was created in order to offer movie buffs and collectors a single source for hard-to-find video cassettes, collectibles, and other nostalgia-related items not generally available through other retail outlets. The good Captain operates exclusively as a mail order business, out of Alabama, and orders are accepted by phone, mail, e-mail, or fax.

This company has a truly large collection of offbeat, arty videos: foreign, silent, B-films, classic American, experimental, independent, fine arts...you name it, they probably have at least heard of it.

A great list of links to various dealers in "independent, cult, nostalgia, hard-to-find, rare, vintage, collectibles and indie" videos.


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