Originally produced for PBS, the American Cinema series examined American film. This one-hour episode examines film noir. From lighting techniques to directors and actors, and the genre’s roots in German expressionism, the program is an excellent survey of the genre. All the great noirs are featured.
Particularly fascinating are contemporary interviews with noir luminaries Edward Dmytryk, Joseph H. Lewis, A.I. Bezzerides, and Marie Windsor. Richard Widmark supplies a nuanced voice-over for some scenes.
The documentary can be viewed on-line at Veoh.com American Cinema – Film Noir.