The Noir Effect

The Noir Effect
Photograph: courtesy of the Skirball Cultural Center Detail from Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks, illustrations by Dan Christensen and story by Jamie S. Rich, 2014

Accompanying the Skirball's "Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950" exhibit, "The Noir Effect" promises an insight into the impact of the film noir genre on American culture. Take a look at the femme fatales, private eyes and anti-heroes of early 20th century films such as Chinatown as well as graphic novels—think Spiderman Noir—photography and contemporary works and how they permeated the art, media and pop culture of American society. 

By: KiMi Robinson


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