Title

Black and White: Film Noir's Portrayal of and Influence on the History of Los Angeles

Authors

Benjamin Fuchs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

From the beginnings of film history, urban reality has been a focal point of film. Los Angeles, the film capital of the world, is no different. In this essay, I will explore how the history of Los Angeles influenced the socially critical ideological and high-contrast aesthetic elements of Film Noir. Through an analysis of Howard Hawks' 1946 The Big Sleep, Roman Polanski's 1974 Chinatown and Carl Franklin's 1995 Devil in a Blue Dress, I will explore the evolution of the representation of Los Angeles in film noir.

Advisor

Broderick Fox

Department

ahva

Support

Ford Research Fellowship

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