LA Confidential And Film Noir

One of the most influential film movements in the 1940’s was a genre that is known today as film noir. Film noir was a recognizable style of filmmaking, which was created in response to the rising cost of typical Hollywood movies (Buss 67). Film noir movies were often low budget films; they used on location shoots, small casts, and black and white film. The use of black and white film stock not only lowered production costs, but also displayed a out of place disposition that the conventions of film noir played upon. It is these conventions: themes, characters, lighting, sound, and composition, which are seen in the movie LA Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997). This paper discusses the ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

noir style movie because it contains traits and qualities of filmmaking that were adapted by film noir filmmakers. Film noir started during the mid 1940’s and has been a popular film style ever since, yielding such contemporary movies like The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995), Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994), and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Guy Ritchie, 1998). These films have proved that film noir is not a method dedicated to past decades, but rather an innovative style of film that influences movies today.
LA Confidential, like other contemporary film noirs utilize many stylistic qualities that the earlier film noir movies grasped. Often times film noir movies were based upon corruption, usually in an urban type setting. Location in these movies would often times consist of nighttime scenes in a busy city. Los Angles, the location of LA Confidential, is a typical setting for film noir movies due to its “newer” west coast image and the absence of rural ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.

Already a member? Login

how anyone can achieve the American dream in Los Angeles and how it truly is the greatest place to live. Sid’s voice suddenly turns sour as he reveals the truth about Los Angeles: an image is sold to the gullible; a pleasant image sent throughout the media. Unfortunately, it’s all a lie.
The story continues with the addition of Edmund Exley to the Los Angeles Police Department. Exley is a skilled detective with all of the book smarts a cop could possess. Usually, the protagonist in film noir would have an inner conflict between what he feels is right, and what is expected of him. In the movie, Exley must decide if giving up his chance for promotion is reason enough to fight for ...

Succeed in your coursework without stepping into a library.
Get access to a growing library of notes, book reports,
and research papers in 2 minutes or less.


LA Confidential And Film Noir. (2006, August 30). Retrieved February 29, 2020, from
"LA Confidential And Film Noir.", 30 Aug. 2006. Web. 29 Feb. 2020. <>
"LA Confidential And Film Noir." August 30, 2006. Accessed February 29, 2020.
"LA Confidential And Film Noir." August 30, 2006. Accessed February 29, 2020.
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays

Added: 8/30/2006 11:39:33 AM
Category: American History
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 3251
Pages: 12

Save | Report


Save and find your favorite essays easier

» Analysis Of Chris Marker's "La ...
» Mildred Pierce: Book and Film C...
» The Chamber: A Look Into The No...
» Existentialism In Film
» Analyzing Noir Films The Maltes...
» Raw Deal: Film Techniques
» The Paparazzi And The Legislat
» James Cameron
» Shawshank Redemption And Film
» James Cameron
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2020 Essayworld. All rights reserved