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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Film Noir: Books on Film Noir

A library guide to American film noir from 1942-1958 including relevant encyclopedias, indexes, journals, books, film clips and more!

General Books

Academic monographs on film noir. You can use these books as "seed documents" mining bibliographies, citations, and footnotes to get your research going in the right direction.

Femmes Fatals and Fast Talking Dames


Gender Performance in Film Noir




Collections of academic essays on film noir. Includes the Film Noir Reader series. You can use these essays as "seed documents" mining their citations and bibliographies or as an introduction to different perspectives around the subject.