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Culture: L.A. Film Noir:Then and Now

The allure of Film Noir, those dark downtown thrillers have mesmerized viewers since they began in the 1940′s. These steamy, seamy tales of hardboiled P.I.s, of good cops gone bad over a dame and smoldering femme fatales in sinister bars top the list of cult classic favorites.

The true hero of these dark thrillers though is the city of Los Angeles itself. And unlike the noir characters, the city never dies. Films like Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard and Kiss Me Deadly of the 40′s and 50′s began the noir style. Newer landmarks of the 70′s: Chinatown and The Long Goodbye are feasts for hungry fan’s imagination. Read Full Story

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