L.A. Noir (Paperback)

The City as Character

By Alain Silver, James Ursini, Elizabeth Ward (Photographer)

Santa Monica Press, 9781595800060, 173pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 2005

List Price: 19.95*
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This book includes dark films and a dark side for the city of angels. At once a paean to the city's place in cinema history and a unique reference for movie and film noir buffs, L.A. Noir is a comprehensive guide to noir movies and their locations. A collection of articles, photographs, reproduction posters, essays and stories examining and surrounding the influence of Los Angeles on the film noir genre. Silver and Ursino illustrate how these films use L.A.'s diverse cityscape and architecture - not to mention it's outlying suburbs - to convey a unique vision of urban corruption and existential fatalism.

About the Author

Alain Silver is the author of The Samurai Film and has co-written fifteen other books, including Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, and two screenplays. He has written numerous articles for the Los Angeles Times, DGA Magazine, Film Comment, and Photon. He has also produced nine independent features and over fifty soundtrack albums. Silver is a member of the Directors Guild of America and Writers Guild of America. He lives in Santa Monica, California. James Ursini has contributed to various publications including Cinema, Femme Fatales, Mediascene, and Photon. Together, they are the co-authors of eleven books, among them the Film Noir Reader series, Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style, and The Noir Style. Ursini lives in Santa Monica, California.