Saturday, January 2, 2021

You're Invited! Online Series FILM NOIR STYLE Continues 1/17 with TRANSITION YEAR 1946

On Sunday, January 17, my online series Film Noir Style continues with The Year of Transition 1946. This is the third in a series that accompanies my book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s. Like the book, the series is divided into four parts:

Before the War 1940-1941
The War Years 1942-1945
The Year of Transition 1946
The Post-War Years 1947-1950

In this webinar, I will present and discuss the impact of the end of World War II on home front along with the backstories and iconic style of 5 film noir from 1946: Gilda, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Notorious, The Big Sleep, and The Killers.


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

Tickets $10 - register on Zoom

The book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s is widely available January 12! Autographed copies can be purchased through Hollywood's historic Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

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.

Some of the 20 films that are featured in Film Noir Style -
both the book and accompanying online series


Christian Esquevin said...

Congratulations Kimberly!!! I just got my copy and it looks fabulous. I can't wait to read it. I'll be Zooming in to your Webinar on 1?17 so "see" you there. Congratulations on all your efforts to getting out your book. I know what it takes.

Kimberly Truhler said...

Thank you so much, Christian! I really appreciate that. I know you understand the challenges of getting a book out there. I so look forward to hearing your thoughts on FILM NOIR STYLE!

Near-Genius Nephew said...


Has anyone else informed you that there seems to be a printing error in the book where a series of pages are missing? I received a copy from Amazon late last week and pages that should be in the "Post-War" section are missing, with pages from the previous section reappearing in their place at that point.

Hoping that my copy is a total aberration, but also wanted to let you know in case it is a more widespread issue...

Kimberly Truhler said...

No, I have not heard of any issues like this. I have 10 copies of my own and they're ok, and at least 100 people I know have the book without issue. But I definitely want to hear more of the details of your copy - can you email me at I'm so sorry to hear that there are these issues.

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