A photographic odyssey accompanied by passages from Chandler's greatest works, reissued for the 50th anniversary of the film of Chandler's novel The Big Sleep.
Chandler's Los Angeles is a city of looming monoliths, endless alleyways, and outlying suburbs teeming with illegal activity, all linked by wide boulevards and miles of expressways. The City of Angels and its environs provided the endless physical and moral sprawl for Philip Marlowe's private investigations, and when things got rough, Marlowe like to go for a drive: Santa Monica Pier, Ventura Boulevard, San Bernadino Freeway, Beverly Hills ("the best-policed four square miles in California").Reissued for the 50th anniversary of the film version of Chandler's classic novel The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles is a visionary journey across a landscape of darkened bungalows, decaying office buildings and sinister nightspots an atmospheric tribute to both the writer and his city.
"An intriguing literary tour...with striking photographs of the city, evoking dramatically the environment of private eye Philip Marlowe's relentless stalking of his prey." American Cinematographer
"There's as much atmosphere here as architecture: windblown eucalyptus trees in Laurel Canyon, poinsettas tapping against the side of a shinglehouse, a concrete stairway descending into who knows what urban danger... All those interested in Chandler, in local architecture, in L.A. history and in photography should find much of interest in this book." The Los Angeles Daily News
Alain Silver is a graduate of the motion picture school of the University of California at Los Angeles where he got his Ph.D. in motion picture history. He and Elizabeth Ward have collaborated on several books including the bestselling Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (Overlook).