Front Row Classics is celebrating Noirvember this month with a very special guest. The "Czar of Noir", Eddie Muller joins Brandon and Eric to celebrate the Film Noir genre. Eddie is a celebrated author, film historian and is the host of Turner Classic Movies' Noir Alley. The interview covers the history of noir as well as discussion of modern and classic examples of the genre. We encourage our listeners to also visit The Film Noir Foundation's website to see how you can get involved in preserving film history.
Eddie Muller is the host of Noir Alley on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Every Saturday, Noir Alley visits classic noir films featuring some of the best set-ups and shake downs involving iconic antiheroes and the unforgettable, fatalistic dames they fall for.
Muller is a contemporary renaissance man. He writes novels, biographies, movie histories, plays, short stories, and films. He also programs film festivals, curates museums, designs books, and provides commentary for television, radio, and DVDs. He produces and hosts NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, the largest noir retrospective in the world, which now has satellite festivals in seven other U.S. cities.
As founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, he has been instrumental in preserving America’s noir heritage, which to date has included restoring and preserving more than 30 nearly lost classics in partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, such as Too Late for Tears (1949), Woman on the Run (1950), and The Bitter Stems (1956). He has also presented and lectured on film noir at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
His debut novel, The Distance, earned the Best First Novel “Shamus” Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Muller is a two-time Edgar Award nominee from the Mystery Writers of America and has earned three Anthony Award nominations. Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, which he co-wrote with the actor, was a national bestseller in 2007. He has twice been named a San Francisco Literary Laureate.