L.A. Noir: The City as Character

L.A. Noir: The City as Character

Alain Silver


Los Angeles has constantly been as a lot a celeb in movie noir as any actor, be it Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner or Jack Nicholson. In L.A. Noir: the town as Character well known movie historians Alain Silver and James Ursini discover the area of noir cinema within the context of la. The booklet good points dozens of noir and neo-noir landmark movies from Double Indemnity, Criss pass, sundown side road, Gun loopy, the large warmth, Kiss Me lethal, and contact of Evil within the vintage interval (1940-1960) to such neo-noir notables as Chinatown, L.A. private, Mulholland Drive, and Pulp Fiction.

L.A. Noir illustrates how those noir movies use L.A.'s assorted cityscape and structure to express a special imaginative and prescient of city corruption and existential fatalism, not just within the ever-changing, chaotic downtown of Bunker Hill, major highway, and Chinatown, yet in its prosperous coastal groups (Santa Monica, Malibu) in addition to its deceptively sunny suburbs (South Bay, San Fernando Valley). The authors deftly examine the foremost motion pictures of noir whereas integrating them into the geography and historical past of this "dark urban" which grew to become such an immense icon of noir literature and film.

L.A. Noir is profusely illustrated with nearly one hundred fifty photographs-many of them showing in print for the first actual time-including creation stills from the flicks mentioned, archival images of the destinations from the flicks and new pictures of the destinations this present day, chronicling the ever-changing cityscape of this noir character-Los Angeles.

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