Getting by in LaLa Land: Film Noirs set in Los Angeles

creative commons

creative commons

As seen in the movies, its most famous export, Los Angeles is the place where dreams go to die.  In contrast to the tough but aspirational New York City, Los Angeles is deadly and cynical.  It’s a city where the picturesque exteriors and the schemers within them make it the perfect location for film noirs.  Inspired by Michael Mann’s intense Collateral, I look at the Top 5 L.A. Noirs.  The movies on this list feature conflicts between dreamers and schemers, desperate fame seekers, and smoggy skylines.


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