L.A. Noir

L.A. Noir

The City as Character

Book - 2005
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Los Angeles has always been as much a star in film noir as any actor, be it Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner or Jack Nicholson. In L.A. Noir: The City as Character renowned film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini explore the world of noir cinema in the context of Los Angeles. The book features dozens of noir and neo-noir landmark films from Double Indemnity, Criss Cross, Sunset Boulevard, Gun Crazy, The Big Heat, Kiss Me Deadly, and Touch of Evil in the
classic period (1940-1960) to such neo-noir notables as Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, Mulholland Drive, and Pulp Fiction. L.A. Noir illustrates how these noir films use L.A.'s diverse geography and architecture to convey a unique vision of urban corruption and existential fatalism while chronicling the ever-changing cityscape of this noir character-Los Angeles. Book jacket.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Santa Monica Press, c2005
ISBN: 1595800069
Branch Call Number: 791.436279 SIL
Characteristics: 173 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Ursini, James
Alternative Title: Los Angeles noir

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