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Alain Silver is a US film producer, director, and screenwriter; music producer; film critic,
film historian Although the advent of film as an artistic medium is not clearly defined, the commercial, public screening of ten of Auguste and Louis Lumière, Lumière brothers' short films in Paris on 28 December 1895 can be regarded as the breakthrough of ...
, DVD commentator, author and editor of books and essays on film topics, especially
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. Filmmakers about whom he has written include
David Lean Sir David Lean (25 March 190816 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Widely considered one of the most influential directors of all time, Lean directed the large-scale epics The Experimental Physics a ...
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Robert Aldrich Robert Burgess Aldrich (August 9, 1918 – December 5, 1983) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His notable credits include '' Vera Cruz'' (1954), ''Kiss Me Deadly'' (1955), ''The Big Knife'' (1955), ''Autumn Le ...
,
Raymond Chandler Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American-British novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at the age of forty-four, Chandler became a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive durin ...
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Roger Corman Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926) is an American film director, producer, and actor. He has been called "The Pope of Pop Cinema" and is known as a trailblazer in the world of independent film. Many of Corman's films are based on works t ...

Roger Corman
, and
James Wong Howe Wong Tung Jim, A.S.C. (; August 28, 1899 – July 12, 1976), known professionally as James Wong Howe (Houghto), was a Chinese-born American cinematographer who worked on over 130 films. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was one of the most soug ...
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Career


Education

Silver graduated from
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with degrees in film production (B.A.) and critical studies (M.A. and PhD).


Film production

Silver entered the film industry through the Assistant Directors Training Program and was a trainee, second assistant and first assistant director on movies such as ''
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'', ''
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'', and ''
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'' and on television series such as '' Police Woman,'' '' Angie,'' ''
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'' and ''
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''. In 1981, Silver began working as a production manager and producer. Since that time Silver has been executive or supervising producer on a number of movies such as '' The Creature Wasn't Nice'', ''
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'', '' The Ratings Game'', ''
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'', ''
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'', '' The Quickie'', '' 10th & Wolf'', ''
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'' and ''The 7''. With Linda Brookover he co-wrote and was Executive Producer of the Showtime family feature ''Time at the Top''. Silver has also produced sixteen independent features, including ''Kiss Daddy Goodbye'', ''Prime Suspect (1989 film), Prime Suspect'', ''Night Visitor'', ''Cyborg 2'', ''Beat (2000 film), Beat'', ''The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park'', ''Crashing'', ''Changing the Game (film), Changing the Game'', ''Sacred Blood'' (which he also wrote), ''Radio Mary'', and ''Torch'' as well documentaries, music videos, and segments for the TV reality series ''America's Most Wanted'' and ''I Survived!''. He wrote and directed the short films ''A Fish in the Desert'' (2002) and ''Texas Vampire Massacre'' (2004) and the narrative features ''White Nights'' (adapted from Dostoyevsky, 2005) and ''Nightcomer'' (aka ''Blood Cure'', 2013)). Silver has given lectures on production and appeared on and moderated panels for the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, West and at various festival venues such as the Slamdance Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival.


Writing

Silver has written and edited more than thirty books, mostly with James Ursini or Elizabeth Ward, including ''The Noir Style; L.A. Noir; Film Noir Readers 1, 2, 3'' and ''4; Film Noir Graphics: Where Danger Lives; American Neo-Noir; Film Noir Compendium; The Film Noir Jigsaw; Film Noir Light and Shadow; Film Noir Prototypes; Gangster Film Reader; Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles; The Samurai Film; Horror Film Reader; Film Noir the Encyclopedia; Film Noir the Directors; David Lean and his Films; What Ever Happened to Robert Aldrich; More Things than Are Dreamt Of; The Vampire Film; Roger Corman: Metaphysics on a Shoestring; James Wong Howe: The Camera Eye; Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery'' and ''Katharine Hepburn'' for the Taschen Icon series; ''The Film Director's Team;'' and ''Film Budgeting.'' Silver also reviews films and has written numerous articles on
Raymond Chandler Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American-British novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at the age of forty-four, Chandler became a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive durin ...
, samurai cinema,
film noir Film noir (; ) is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood Hollywood is a neighborhood A neighbourhood (British English British English (BrE) is the standard dialect of the English language Englis ...
, vampire films, and other topics on film history and production. He has provided audio and video commentary on the DVD titles listed below. He has done film noir visual presentations on the long take and Billy Wilder and ''Double Indemnity'' for Hillsdale College and "A Noir Tour of L.A." at the Los Angeles Film Festival. He has also produced more than fifty soundtrack albums for Citadel Records and Bay Cities Music. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Writers Guild of America, West.


List of audio commentaries

* Boomerang (1947 film), ''Boomerang'', with film historian James Ursini * Brute Force (1947 film), ''Brute Force'', with James Ursini * ''Call Northside 777'', with James Ursini * Crossfire (film), ''Crossfire'', with James Ursini, plus audio interview excerpts of director Edward Dmytryk * ''The Dark Corner'', with James Ursini * The Egyptian (film), ''The Egyptian'', with James Ursini * ''He Walked by Night''. with James Ursini * Hobson's Choice (1954 film), ''Hobson's Choice'', with James Ursini * ''House of Bamboo'', with James Ursini * ''Invisible Stripes'', with James Ursini * ''Kiss Me Deadly'', with James Ursini * Kiss of Death (1947 film), ''Kiss of Death'', with James Ursini * ''Lady in the Lake'', with James Ursini * The Lodger (1944 film), ''The Lodger'', with James Ursini * ''Murder, My Sweet'' * ''Mystery Street'', with film historian Elizabeth Ward * Nightmare Alley (1947 film), ''Nightmare Alley'', with James Ursini * Panic in the Streets (film), ''Panic in the Streets'', with James Ursini * ''Ride the Pink Horse'', with James Ursini * ''The River's Edge'', with James Ursini * Smart Money (1931 film), ''Smart Money'', with James Ursini * ''The Street with No Name'', with James Ursini * Tension (film), ''Tension'', with Elizabeth Ward and actress Audrey Totter * ''Thieves' Highway'' * The Wayward Bus (film), ''The Wayward Bus'', with James Ursini * ''Where Danger Lives'', with James Ursini


See also

* Film noir * Samurai cinema *
David Lean Sir David Lean (25 March 190816 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Widely considered one of the most influential directors of all time, Lean directed the large-scale epics The Experimental Physics a ...
*
Robert Aldrich Robert Burgess Aldrich (August 9, 1918 – December 5, 1983) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His notable credits include '' Vera Cruz'' (1954), ''Kiss Me Deadly'' (1955), ''The Big Knife'' (1955), ''Autumn Le ...


References


External links


Alain Silver's homepage
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Review of ''Film Noir: the Encyclopedia'' at ''Bright Lights Film Journal''

Review of ''Film Noir the Directors'' at the ''DGA Magazine''

Appearance in the documentary ''Los Angeles: The City of Film Noir''
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