Re: RARA-AVIS: Theme of the month - Los Angeles

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 06 Sep 2001

On Wed, 5 Sep 2001, Mark Sullivan wrote:

> And if California, and LA in particular, is the preferred setting for
> noir (along with NY), why? Is it simply because the movie industry drew
> so many writers? (If so, were they writing about LA or their native
> cities before they moved out there?) Or is there something about
> California that made/makes it a good setting?

Someone wrote (I can't remember who it was and I think it was a Finnish critic) that Los Angeles and California are the quintessential hardboiled place because that's where the movement toward the West finally stops. There's nowhere to go, because no one wants to go back.


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