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Black Dahlia and Film Noir

This January 15th is the death anniversary of the woman nicknamed The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short. Her detailed murder has remained very popular over the years, continuing to draw interest from a multitude of people. Her murder was so fascinating that the story was later made into a book and a motion picture, which was categorized as film noir. Film noir is a popular collection of movies that are classified as very Hollywood-esque crime dramas, highlighting the darker sides of people.

If you are interested in learning more about The Black Dahlia or film noir, feel free to check out these items from the Pioneer Library System.

The Black Dahlia book jacketThe Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a vacant lot. The victim makes headlines as the Black Dahlia-and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history. Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard. Both are obsessed with the Dahlia-driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer, to possess the woman even in death. Their quest will take them on a hellish journey through the underbelly of postwar Hollywood, to the core of the dead girl's twisted life, past the extremes of their own psyches-into a region of total madness.

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Film Noir, the Encyclopedia edited by Alain SilverFilm Noir book jacket

Enter the world of film noir, a world of darkness, ambiguity, and moral corruption. Meet the cynical and obsessive heroes of film noir portrayed by actors like Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, James Cageny, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis. You may encounter a gun-toting gangster, a femme fatale wrapped in fur, a detective with the brim of his hat turned down, or a desperate murderer lurking in the shadows of a doorway. It's a world we all know - the seedy underbelly of the American Dream, and every bit as much a part of our culture. This wonderfully exhaustive text - tallying more than three hundred thousand words with hundreds of film stills and photos new to the work - distills everything about the movement into one volume from movies to stars to themes and motifs, and brings us up to date with contemporary contributions to the movement.

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