Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles
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Praise For Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles…
— National Post
"On the way fantasy and reality interact in the films of the period, and on Hollywood’s essential darkness, this is a dense and compelling book."
— Times Higher Education
"The kind of book that could sit comfortably on the shelf between James Ellroy and Mike Davis. . . . A breezy read that doesn’t talk down to the consumer – film buffs may know a lot about the subject, but younger readers will benefit."
— On the Aisle
“Borrowing language from the hard-boiled writing of mid-century America, Lewis tells this history like a noir, with flashbacks and an elegantly labyrinthine structure that merges form and content. Written with verve, an eye for detail and a wit that positions it in the space between history and fiction, it is a significant addition to the catalogue of books that have puzzled over the meanings of Hollywood and Los Angeles. . . . A dazzling book.”
— Sight & Sound
"By illuminating a vast collection of characters, the noble + ignoble alike, Lewis revises standard industry narratives in important + suggestive ways, widening the scope of Hollywood history."
— Film Quarterly
“You can tell a lot about a society by looking at its suicides. That off-handed comment from Emile Durkheim becomes the animating principle for Jon Lewis’s Hard-Boiled Hollywood, which studies, as the surrealists would have it, the “exquisite corpses” of those left behind by the collapse of the studio machine. . . . The writing in this book is, in the Surrealists’ terms, exquisite as well: a combination of penetrating analysis of the decline of the industry and jaunty, laconic, and funny description of the fish swimming in this infested sea.”
— The Journal of American History
“The strength of Hard-Boiled Hollywood . . . is its detail. Lewis meticulously details each of the case studies he approaches, drawing from an impressive array of articles in trade journals and the popular press. Unearthing details that even those familiar with the era might have missed, Lewis affords us a portal into a Hollywood often overlooked.”
— Velvet Light Trap
University of California Press, 9780520284326, 248pp.
Publication Date: April 19, 2017