Romi Stepovich’s answer to What are some great noir films based in Los Angeles?

8 Mar

Detour (1945, Edgar G. Ulmer) – only part of this is set in Los Angeles but it is certainly a classic and worth watching.

Mildred Pierce (1945, Michael Curtiz) – while this is also a melodrama it’s definitely also noir.  The updated HBO version is far more melodrama.

In A Lonely Place (1950, Nicholas Ray) – is Humphrey Bogart a homicidal maniac, and if so, can Gloria Grahame fix him?  A great film adapted from a great novel by Dorothy B. Hughes.

Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder) – what happens when a demented cougar (one of the original ones – far before Mrs. Robinson) falls for a second rate screenwriter?  A cautionary tale of younger men using older women in Hollywood.

Angel Face (1952, Otto Preminger) – spoiled rich-girl Jean Simmons toys with Robert Mitchum‘s life for fun while attempting to kill her step-mother and destroy any other female competition out there.  A great over-the-top performance by Simmons and a fun watch.

Dead Again (1991, Kenneth Branagh) – Scott Frank’s well-written script that feels and looks noir even though it’s set in the 1990s.

What are some great noir films based in Los Angeles?

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