Join film historian Kimberly Truhler for an online series that accompanies her new non-fiction book FILM NOIR STYLE: THE KILLER 1940s.
Mirroring the book, the series is divided into 4 parts – Before the War 1940-1941, The War Years 1942-1945, The Year of Transition 1946, and The Post-War Years 1947-1950.
In the second webinar The War Years, Truhler will present and discuss the impact of the war on the home front and fashion along with the backstories of 6 films from this period:
THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942)
DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944)
MURDER, MY SWEET (1944)
MILDRED PIERCE (1945)
About the book...
In 1941, Hollywood turned down a dark alley and began to explore stories of vice, corruption, and murder. Pictures featured tough leading men and mysterious women who were often very good at being bad. While navigating the impact of the Production Code and World War II, studio costume designers defined the style of the decade's crime thrillers and murder dramas, which would collectively become known as film noir. They transformed Hollywood's leading ladies into intrigantes and femme fatales - women who would do anything to get what they want.
The actors in film noir, led by Humphrey Bogart, set style standards for America in the way they wore suits, fedoras, and trench coats. And oh, the women - whether good or bad, they captured the imagination of the country and immediately began influencing fashion. Film noir made stars of young actresses like Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Gene Tierney, and Marilyn Monroe and magnified the careers of Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Greer, and Gloria Swanson. In all cases, costume design proved vital to their success. Historian Kimberly Truhler explores twenty definitive film noir titles and traces the intersection of film noir and popular fashion through the decade and beyond.