"A must for any serious collector"
says Derek Hill of Videoscope Magazine
During the period around and immediately following the Second World War, American filmmakers began to crank out a cycle of dark, unsettling crime pictures, suffused with a profound cynicism and a stylish Expressionist look. Peopled with tough guys (Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney) and femme fatales (Barbara Stanwyck, Lauren Bacall, Ida Lupino) trapped by Fate, inspired by the hard-boiled novels from the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, these urban melodramas became a genre unto themselves. Some were high-profile A-list productions by Hollywood’s finest (The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, The Big Heat), but most were low-budget B-pictures (The Big Knife, Private Hell 36, The Cobra Strikes).
All Day Entertainment is launching a new series of PULP CINEMA, to recover some of the unsung classics of B-noir. To whet your appetite and set the stage, we collect here four dozen original coming attractions previews of classic film noir. From A-list biggies to lesser-known gems, this set is a distillation of America’s home grown film style: pulp cinema.