Alain Silver is a US film producer, director, and screenwriter; music producer; film critic, film historian, DVD commentator, author and editor of books and essays on film topics, especially film noir, the samurai film, and horror films. Filmmakers about whom he has written include David Lean, Robert Aldrich, Raymond Chandler, Roger Corman, and James Wong Howe.
Working on location in New Mexico, 2002 (Photo by John Maio)
Alain Joël Silver
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., Theater Arts/Motion Pictures--Production, 1969. M.A. 1973 and Ph.D. 1976 in Theater Arts/Motion Pictures--Critical Studies.)|
|Occupation||Film screenwriter, producer, director, historian, commentator, production manager, assistant director|
Silver graduated from UCLA with degrees in film production (B.A.) and critical studies (M.A. and PhD).
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 Every Which Way But Loose, The Manitou, and The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and on television series such as Police Woman, Angie, Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley. 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, Prince Jack, The Ratings Game, Mortuary Academy, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, The Quickie, 10th & Wolf, The Kings of Appletown 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, Night Visitor, Cyborg 2, Beat, The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park, Crashing, 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.
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, samurai cinema, film noir, 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, with film historian James Ursini
- Brute Force, with James Ursini
- Call Northside 777, with James Ursini
- Crossfire, with James Ursini, plus audio interview excerpts of director Edward Dmytryk
- The Dark Corner, with James Ursini
- The Egyptian, with James Ursini
- He Walked by Night. with James Ursini
- 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, with James Ursini
- Lady in the Lake, with James Ursini
- The Lodger, with James Ursini
- Murder, My Sweet
- Mystery Street, with film historian Elizabeth Ward
- Nightmare Alley, with James Ursini
- Panic in the Streets, with James Ursini
- Ride the Pink Horse, with James Ursini
- The River's Edge, with James Ursini
- Smart Money, with James Ursini
- The Street with No Name, with James Ursini
- Tension, with Elizabeth Ward and actress Audrey Totter
- Thieves' Highway
- The Wayward Bus, with James Ursini
- Where Danger Lives, with James Ursini
- Ford, Luke (2004). The Producers: Profiles in Frustration. New York: iUniverse, page 16.
- DGA brief bio
- "The Films of Billy Wilder--Double Indemnity as Film Noir".
- Kevin Crust. "Story in Los Angeles Times".