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The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles

Paul Rogers | Posted 11.30.2014 | Books
Paul Rogers

Los Angeles has changed a lot since Chandler's day when it was just a big dry sunny place with ugly houses and no style, when people slept on porches and lots offering at eleven hundred dollars had no takers.

Chelsea's Legendary Alan's Alley Video Reopens... Here's Why It Matters

Christopher Lee Nutter | Posted 10.12.2014 | New York
Christopher Lee Nutter

Alan's Alley is more than a store -- it's a real New York experience, and a precious Chelsea treasure. If you are a New Yorker -- and especially if you live downtown -- here's why you should drop by the new location.

The Gritty Landscapes of Roberto Gutierrez

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 08.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

His paintings in this context are classic L.A. noir, straight out of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential, and often rendered from photographs that are sometimes blurry and spotty, which is also incorporated into the painting to give it a more authentic feel.

5 Very Stylish Reasons to Visit Beverly Hills in 2014

Karin E. Baker | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
Karin E. Baker

Unique and gorgeous, each has a theme, such as film noir, the golden age inspired by Marilyn Monroe, high-gloss 1970s glamour, a stylishly sophisticated view of the 1960s, and the birth of modern glamour.

Here's Looking at You, Kids

Josh Getlin | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Josh Getlin

Bring the kids, pack some Twizzlers and Brush up your Bogey for a new musical that celebrates Skittles, lampoons tween-teen angst and serves up a crash course in film noir trivia.

Movie Review: In Secret

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Charlie Stratton's In Secret is based on Emile Zola's Therese Raquin -- but were it set in a different time period, it could have been a film noir like Double Indemnity or The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Whoa: 'Pretty Little Liars' Goes Film Noir With Black-And-White Episode

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 02.12.2014 | TV

Things aren't always black and white in the world of "Pretty Little Liars," but they were this week. After watching an old black-and-white movie, Spen...

'It's a Bitter Little World': The Courmayeur Noir in Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.06.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The Courmayeur Noir in Festival is an event that appears to go beyond the typical film festival format. Surrounded by sidebar conversations, exhibits and featuring a work in progress alongside titles by mainstream filmmakers, the festival has gained a following worthy of the noir genre.

'Mob City' Star Gets Dark

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 11.30.2013 | TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alexa Davalos has handled her share of rough-and-tumble action in movies including "The Chronicles of Riddick," ''The Mist" and "...

Annapolis Noir, Baby

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 10.23.2013 | Books
Rob Hiaasen

Elmore Leonard died this week. He was 87 and was at work on his 46th novel. That's a book every other year if he had started writing fresh from the womb, which don't put past him.

Peggy Cummins Honored at San Francisco's Noir City Film Festival

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Film Noir resonates with a contemporary audience in a way that other film genres do not. It is the style. We see the roots of our contemporary society in these films. It's the point where we started to loose our innocence as a culture.

Santa Jones

Michael Kupperman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Comedy
Michael Kupperman

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LACMA's Trifecta of Exhibitions: Noir, Crime and Sin

Tracey Harnish | Posted 02.05.2013 | Arts
Tracey Harnish

A trifecta of cinema-inspired exhibitions is now playing at LACMA. Now showing: a post-renaissance painter, an iconic film director and a pop art master.

Emma Diab

Film Noir: The Slow Motion Evolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Diab | Posted 11.26.2012 | Arts

Looper is already being touted by critics as one of the smartest films of 2012. While the sci-fi action flick starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Br...

7 Classic Femme Fatales

Charles Ardai | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Charles Ardai

Hollywood didn't create the femme fatale, though it certainly made her known to millions, starting with the original "vamp," Theda Bara, back in the silent-movie days, and progressing right through the film noir era to deadly modern seductresses like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

Blade Runner Turns 30: Reflections on the Near Future

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts
Russell C. Smith

The sci-fi movie masterpiece Blade Runner turns 30 this month, and it's still ahead of where we are culturally.

A Look at Vera Caspary's 'Laura' (1943)

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
M.J. Rose

Vera Caspary wrote thrillers -- but not like any other author of her time, male or female. Her specialty was a specific type that she pioneered -- the psycho thriller.

Movie Review: Elena

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though billed as a Russian film noir, Elena skimps on the noir, and more's the pity. Instead, it's a disciplined, controlled and ultimately disappointing drama of family tension and murder.

11 Ideas That Changed Film

Posted 05.11.2012 | Books

Color. Sound. Multiplexes. Artificial Lighting. The ever-changing history of film is a story of the intersection between culture and technology from t...

Screen Siren Peggy Cummins Returns to Hollywood for TCM Fest

Debra Levine | Posted 06.23.2012 | Arts
Debra Levine

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's pulpy film noir Gun Crazy concerns a couple of newly weds; played by John Dall and Peggy Cummins, they're just doin' what newly weds do. They're livin', lovin', and workin'... and they're shootin'.

The Perfect Noir: Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity

Network Awesome | Posted 04.29.2012 | Entertainment
Network Awesome

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Movie Review: Thin Ice

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Almost 20 years later, there has yet to be a film noir that out-Fargos the Coen brothers' Fargo. Jill Sprecher's Thin Ice takes a run at it.

Dashiell Hammett at Film Noir Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 03.26.2012 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

The Film Noir Festival currently underway at the Castro Theater in San Francisco concludes Sunday with a tribute to Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and other classic works of detective and crime fiction.

PHOTOS: Murder And Crime In 1940s New York

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.03.2012 | New York

Arthur Felig, AKA Weegee (a bastardization of Ouija, as in the board--a pseudonym chosen for his almost clairvoyant ability to arrive at crime scenes ...

PHOTOS: Marlene's Androgynous Style

The Huffington Post | Jada Wong | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Although the menswear trend has been popular for several years, Marlene Dietrich was actually among the first to pioneer the androgynous style. Top ha...