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Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir

60Edizione: Multilingue (Francese, Inglese, Tedesco)Disponibilità: Disponibile
Esplora la realtà più oscura della Città degli Angeli in questa raccolta di fotografie ed ephemera che rivelano i segreti di Los Angeles dagli anni Venti agli anni Cinquanta. Dal crimine di Black Dalia alla piccola corruzione di sindaci e poliziotti, scopri il rovescio della medaglia della Southland che ha ispirato i film e i romanzi "Noir" in questa edizione, completa di ritagli di riviste facsimile.
Copertina rigida8.3 x 11.2 in.4.82 lb480 pagine
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Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir

Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir


What’s Wrong in Tinseltown?

The dark side of Los Angeles, 1920–1950

In the years following World War I, Los Angeles was a city awakening to its darker side, transforming itself from a backwater town to a gleaming metropolis and city of the future. But along the way a tarnished patina began to coat its ever-more glamorous façade. As thousands flocked to the city with their dreams and desires, so too came get-rich-quick schemes, phony religions, organized crime, and corruption.

A visual history like no other, Dark City brings together images from archives, museums, newspaper photo morgues, private collections, and the author’s extensive image library to reveal the true grit, grime, and sheer horror stories of Los Angeles from the 1920s to 1950s. In large format, we roam through the back alleys, gin joints, tattoo parlors, gambling dens, nightclubs, and the most brutal crime scenes, to uncover a city crawling with murder and mayhem.

From Sunset Boulevard to a jazz-saturated Central Avenue, tabloid headlines chronicle the most famous celebrities and infamous crimes in a hopped-up city that provided inspiration for journalists, pulp fiction scribes, and filmland script writers in their creation of the noir genre. With rare vintage magazine reprints from the crime tabloids of the time, this is a uniquely evocative visual history through which the crime, crooks, crazies, and mean streets of the City of Angels are transformed from myth to reality.
L'editore e autore

Jim Heimann is the Executive Editor for TASCHEN. A cultural anthropologist, historian, and an avid collector, he has authored numerous titles on architecture, pop culture, and the history of Los Angeles and Hollywood, including TASCHEN’s Surfing, Los Angeles. Portrait of a City, California Crazy, and the All-American Ads series.

Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir
Copertina rigida21 x 28.5 cm2.19 kg480 pagine

ISBN 978-3-8365-6076-4

Edizione: Multilingue (Francese, Inglese, Tedesco)
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2 Valutazioni


Jasun,27 ottobre 2021
For the True Crime fan. I couldn’t put this one down and it’s almost always on my coffee table. A great conversation starter but also just a riveting history of crime in our city

Excellent book

Joseph,27 ottobre 2021
Taschen’s diversity in the photobook field is the gold standard, as far as I’m concerned. Best publisher in the business! ❤️