Tuesday, September 22, 2020

You're Invited! National Arts Club Hosts Book Preview Event for FILM NOIR STYLE 9/29

This past weekend I received the unfortunate news that the launch of my book Film Noir Style - originally scheduled for September 29 - will be delayed until January due to COVID's vast impact on the publishing industry. I am far from the only author who is experiencing a delay. There has been extensive coverage of the number of problems that have emerged in publishing since the pandemic began in March. Most recently The New York Times outlined some of the challenges with printers alone. Publishers Weekly even created and now maintains an "Impact Listing" of cancelations, closures, policy changes, and more. Even though this might be the new normal, learning about the later launch date of my book was still tremendously disappointing.

However, even with this delay, the National Arts Club - a cultural institution with over 120 years of history - has offered me the opportunity to preview my book in an online event. I will be presenting a complete overview of Film Noir Style and also share some of impact of the iconic costumes on fashion. The event is free for everyone - you just need to register through Eventbrite and they will send you the link to Zoom.


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

National Arts Club
Online via Zoom webinar
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)

Tickets are free - register on Eventbrite for Zoom event

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.

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