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Film Soleil (Pocket Essential series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Film Soleil (Pocket Essential series) by D. K. Holm...

Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more.This is aguide to the reconfiguration of film noir, featuring films like Sexy Beast, Reservoir Dogs and Blood Simple. Film noir is a genre of mid-century black and white urban crime thrillers populated by mysterious women and tortured, hard-bitten PIs. Film soleil is its adaptation for late-century tastes, using as its most common setting sun-beaten highways cutting mercilessly through the desert, its women in cowboy boots, and its men deranged by their biological drives.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   157
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   Pocket Essentials
ISBN  1904048501  
ISBN13  9781904048503  

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More About D. K. Holm

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! D K Holm is a movie reviewer for The Vancouver Voice and KQAC, and the author of Robert Crumb: Conversations; Quentin Tarantino; Independent Cinema; Film Soleil, and Guy Maddin: Interviews.

D. K. Holm currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > Art & Music > Theater
2Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > Communications > Film Studies
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Performing Arts > Theater > General
4Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > General
5Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism
6Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Television > Direction & Production
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Faulty Premise, "Soleil" provides little light  Jun 29, 2008
This book is well researched and well written affording considerable information
about films the author has designated as "Film Soleil." Unfortunately it is also
a hodgepodge of contradictions. Holm spends the first chapter attempting to
characterize this "mutated" variation of film noir as somehow distinctive. The films
he describes, as well as their antecedents, are virtually indistinguishable from film
noir or neo noir, depending on the date of original release.

The example he offers as the exemplar of Film Soleil, "Blood Simple," is a very dark
film whose setting is not urban and is shot in color. If that is to be the definition
of Film Soleil, fine, but Holm introduces many additional elements frequently not
present in the films he includes within his newly created genre.

"Neo Noir," while also a very problematic term/genre, is really what he is talking about.

Holm strikes a new chord  Jan 24, 2006
I found Film Soleil to be a very good and quick read. Holm describes and defines a whole new genre with imaginative and deft strokes. For film noir buffs it's a must, if only to understand the parallels and the distinctive differences between these two genres.

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