Film Noir - which translates literally as 'black film' or 'black cinema' - was an epithet first used by French film critics to describe the new wave of downbeat American crime and detective films which were released in France immediately after WWII.
Primarily filmed in a low-key, monochrome visual style that had roots in German Expressionist cinematography, they became increasingly prominent in the immediate post-war era, enjoying a Golden Age through to the late 50s.
This unique set features the main title themes and/or signature music from 42 Noir classics, starting with John Huston's pivotal 'The Maltese Falcon' (1941) and ending with Orson Welles' 'Touch Of Evil' (1958), taking in benchmark movies like 'The Big Sleep' (1946), 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' (1946), 'Key Largo' (1948), 'White Heat' (1949), 'The Third Man' (1949), 'Strangers On A Train' (1951), 'The Big Heat' (1953) and 'Night Of The Hunter' (1955), in between.
A truly unique compilation, this is a must-have for fans of the golden cinematic era.
Tracks: The Maltese Falcon [Theme] / Journey Into Fear [Theme] / Double Indemnity [Theme/Scene] / Mildred Pierce [Theme] / Detour [Theme] / The Killers [Main Title/Theme] / The Big Sleep [Theme] / The Postman Always Rings Twice [Theme] / Notorious [Intro] / Born To Kill [Theme] / The Lady From Shanghai [Theme] / Kiss Of Death [Theme] / Key Largo [Theme] / Force Of Evil [Theme] / Sorry, Wrong Number [Prelude/Foreword] / Drunken Angel [Gui-tar Music] / Obsession [Main/End Title] / White Heat [Theme] / Criss-Cross [Main/End Title] / The Third Man [Main Theme, By Anton Karas] / The Asphalt Jungle [Theme] / D.O.A. [Theme] / Sunset Boulevard [Theme] / Night And The City [Theme/Intro] / In A Lonely Place [I Hadn’t Anyone Till You, By Hadda Brooks] / The Prowler [Main/End Title] / The Racket [Theme] / Strangers On A Train [Theme] / Macao [Theme] / The Hitch-Hiker [Main/End Title] / The Big Heat [Theme] / Pickup On South Street [Skip Leaves With Candy, By Lionel Newman] / Private Hell 36 [Theme] / Crime Wave [Opening Credits] / Sudden-ly [Theme] / Night Of The Hunter [Opening Credits] / Pete Kelly’s Blues [Main Theme, By Ray Anthony] / The Wrong Man [Prelude] / The Killing [Theme] / Sweet Smell Of Success [Theme] / Elevator To The Gallows [Generique, By Miles Davis] / A Touch Of Evil [Main Title Theme, By Henry Mancini]