Film Noir Czar Eddie Muller

Lucky me.

Eddie MullerGot to  hang for a few minutes this weekend with Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation. They do wonderful work finding and restoring old film noir, and run the Noir City Festivals to promote the genre.

Here we are at Noir City Chicago, between screenings of The Chase and No abras Nunca esa Puerta, a great, lost Argentinian noir that Eddie found and restored.

Great stuff.

Eddie will also be one of the hosts at this year’s Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in Key Largo at the end of October.

Here’s a snippet of my interview with Eddie in the Stay Thirsty Summer magazine:

MARK YOST: What was the first noir film you saw, and how did it hook you?

EDDIE MULLER: I’m not actually sure, but since I get asked this a lot I’ve settled on Thieves’ Highway, a 1949 noir about the dangerous intrigues of the wholesale produce business, shot on location in San Francisco, my hometown. Seeing the city through a noir lens, and especially discovering aspects of the place that no longer existed, fueled both my imagination and my appreciation for historical context. Plus, the whole thing took place in the dead of night—I love stories about worlds that exist when the rest of the world is sleeping, and that describes a lot of noir. I got my initial dose of noir from watching Dialing for Dollars on afternoon TV, when I’d cut school and hide out to watch movies. All in all, that worked out pretty well for me.

Read the whole thing here.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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