film noir

1947project's L.A. history presentation at Occidental College

On March 6, 2012, social historians, bloggers and tour guides Nathan Marsak and Richard Schave spoke to students in Dr. J.B.C. Axelrod's History 395 course "Reading and Writing L.A." at Occidental College about their work on the 1947project time travel blogs, including On Bunker Hill, and the many ways of telling the many stories of Los Angeles.

Noir City: Los Angeles vs New York at the American Cinematheque

The 8th Annual Festival of Film Noir is coming to the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian from April 12-May 2, and getting discount tix for the whole series is a fine reason to become a member. Each screening includes a film set in Los Angeles set against one in New York. What burg will be the winner in this battle of mood, nuance, betrayal and pain? I think you know where our bet is laid!

We'd like to especially pull your sleeve to the rare Leonard Maltin-introduced 35mm screening of He Walked By Night on April 22, based on the unbelievable-yet-true Erwin Walker case (more here)--as seen on our Halloween Horrors crime bus tour, where we share startling, little-known facts about the crime spree, graciously provided by Walker's stepson. Sure, you can pick this public domain flick up on DVD at the 99 Cent Only Store, but you really want to see John Alton's beautifully shot scenes of that L.A. River sewer escape bigger than life.

For more info on the Festival of Film Noir, please visit the series webpage. And do come by and say hello at the reception on opening night, April 12, when some of the 1947project gang will be in attendance to answer your questions about the upcoming Esotouric bus adventures, including the noir-heavy Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, and editor Denise Hamilton and contributors Jim Pascoe, Diana Wagman, Christopher Rice, Neal Pollack, Patt Morrison, Emory Holmes II, Gary Phillips, Lienna Silver and Naomi Hirahara will be on hand with copies of the brand new Los Angeles Noir anthology. This is the second of a slew of Los Angeles Noir events 1947project folks will be attending.

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Neo-noir musings

Kindly dig this feature from the AP's Tim Molloy, looking into the state of neo-noir filmmaking in Hollywood (and Bulgaria) today, and winding up with a Q & A from your friendly 47project bloggers on matters architectural, sartorial and cinematic.

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