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'Noir City' film fest explores darker side of life
'Noir City' film fest explores darker side of life

Gritty film noir just may be embraced by contemporary audiences more than any other genre from the Golden Age of Hollywood. And for good reason. "I think it's because the old film noirs have had a greater influence on popular culture," said movie historian and author Eddie Muller, founder of the Film Noir Foundation, a nonprofit preservation group. "I think young people recognize that the whole cocktail culture has made a comeback. They see the aesthetic of mid-20th century America as being really cool. It has not gotten dated or silly. The films are tough and tough-minded." And so are the characters. The "heroes" are conflicted, complex and often...

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