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L.A. from Every Angle
Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"
As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.
Slide 10: L.A. of the Film Noir
Billy Wilder once said: “I must say that Chandler’s great strength was a descriptive one. There are very few people who can get the flavor of California. It’s very peculiar, you know, that the only person who caught the Californian atmosphere is prose was an Englishman—Chandler.”
“If my books had been any worse,” Chandler once said, “I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.”
Hollywood interpreted his most famous novel, The Big Sleep (1939), making it into a 1946 film featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, whose star power carried an otherwise chaotic script.