History Main / CityNoir

17th Sep '17 10:57:35 AM nombretomado
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** Moscow, however, has nothing on [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs the second capital of Russia]], which has been a CityNoir for ''centuries'' -- before the term was even conceived -- probably ever since its inception. Even the classical writers of Russian literature would agree: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky himself famously called Saint-Petersburg the "City of the Half-Mad" in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', while Creator/NikolaiGogol devoted an entire short story describing how gloomy and dark it was. And there's a good reason for that: [[TheNightThatNeverEnds on average, there are only two hundred days in the year that are rainy and only fifty that are sunny]], and the weather and life conditions were (and are) so unbearable that most of the peasants who constructed the city died and became the city's foundations. The (beautiful, mind you) famous baroque architecture of the city does not help either: [[InvokedTrope knowing full well that the place where Saint-Petersburg stood was naturally very gloomy]], they chose to use bright, pastel tones like yellow and cyan to add some color to the city, which, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, [[GoneHorriblyWrong made it look like a giant insane asylum]]. Saint-Petersburg also became famous for its rampant crime during TheNineties, and albeit the power of TheMafiya waned after Putin's ascension, the atmosphere of the city still reeks of criminality. In short, it is the ''quintessential'' CityNoir, with all of its main characteristics with the sole exception of huge skyscrapers -- and even that is only because it is built on a [[SwampsAreEvil swamp]] and would not support high buildings. Nevertheless, they found out how to build skyscrapers in St. Pete; one district, the Okhta Center, became extremely controversial for being butt-ugly and visible from the entire city due to its height.

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** Moscow, however, has nothing on [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs [[UsefulNotes/TheCityFormerlyKnownAs the second capital of Russia]], which has been a CityNoir for ''centuries'' -- before the term was even conceived -- probably ever since its inception. Even the classical writers of Russian literature would agree: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky himself famously called Saint-Petersburg the "City of the Half-Mad" in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', while Creator/NikolaiGogol devoted an entire short story describing how gloomy and dark it was. And there's a good reason for that: [[TheNightThatNeverEnds on average, there are only two hundred days in the year that are rainy and only fifty that are sunny]], and the weather and life conditions were (and are) so unbearable that most of the peasants who constructed the city died and became the city's foundations. The (beautiful, mind you) famous baroque architecture of the city does not help either: [[InvokedTrope knowing full well that the place where Saint-Petersburg stood was naturally very gloomy]], they chose to use bright, pastel tones like yellow and cyan to add some color to the city, which, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, [[GoneHorriblyWrong made it look like a giant insane asylum]]. Saint-Petersburg also became famous for its rampant crime during TheNineties, and albeit the power of TheMafiya waned after Putin's ascension, the atmosphere of the city still reeks of criminality. In short, it is the ''quintessential'' CityNoir, with all of its main characteristics with the sole exception of huge skyscrapers -- and even that is only because it is built on a [[SwampsAreEvil swamp]] and would not support high buildings. Nevertheless, they found out how to build skyscrapers in St. Pete; one district, the Okhta Center, became extremely controversial for being butt-ugly and visible from the entire city due to its height.
17th Sep '17 4:33:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mega City One in ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'', a spinoff of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. It's not really an example in its parent series since Dredd is one of the super-cops actually running the city, but ''Simping'''s protagonist Jack Point is a hardboiled detective who navigates the strange underworld of MC-1 and happens to dress like a clown.
15th Sep '17 7:32:28 AM MasterNecromancer
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** Moscow fits the trope perfectly, both in works like S. Lukyanenko's Watch tetralogy and in RealLife. The climate is dark and cold for nine months and blisteringly hot for the remaining three, the architecture consists mostly of drab Commie-era concrete towers with some neo-gothic Stalinist skyscrappers added downtown and a lot of squalid 'khrushevka' apartment houses in the outskirts, the citizens are apathetic, the {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s are flamboyant jerks and the psychological athmosphere of the place was nasty enough even before the global financial crisis, and now it's downright unbearable.
** Moscow, however, has nothing on [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs the second capital of Russia]], which has been a CityNoir for ''centuries'' -- before the term was even conceived -- probably ever since its inception. Even the classical writers of Russian literature would agree: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky himself famously called Saint-Petersburg the "City of the Half-Mad" in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', while Creator/NikolaiGogol devoted an entire short story describing how gloomy and dark it was. And there's a good reason for that: [[TheNightThatNeverEnds on average, there are only two hundred days in the year that are rainy and only fifty that are sunny]], and the weather and life conditions were (and are) so unbearable that most of the peasants who constructed the city died and became the city's foundations. The (beautiful, mind you) famous baroque architecture of the city does not help either: [[InvokedTrope knowing full well that the place where Saint-Petersburg stood was naturally very gloomy]], they chose to use bright, pastel tones like yellow and cyan to add some colour to the city, which, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, [[GoneHorriblyWrong made it look like a giant insane asylum]]. Saint-Petersburg also became famous for its rampant crime during TheNineties, and albeit the power of TheMafiya waned after Putin's ascension, the atmosphere of the city still reeks of criminality. In short, it is the ''quintessential'' CityNoir, with all of its main characteristics with the sole exception of huge skyscrapers -- and even that is only because it is built on a [[SwampsAreEvil swamp]] and would not support high buildings. Nevertheless, they found out how to build skyscrapers in St. Pete; one district, the Okhta Center, became extremely controversial for being butt-ugly and visible from the entire city due to its height.

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** Moscow fits the trope perfectly, both in works like S. Lukyanenko's Watch tetralogy and in RealLife. The climate is dark and cold for nine months and blisteringly hot for the remaining three, the architecture consists mostly of drab Commie-era concrete towers with some neo-gothic Stalinist skyscrappers skyscrapers added downtown and a lot of squalid 'khrushevka' apartment houses in the outskirts, the citizens are apathetic, the {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s are flamboyant jerks and the psychological athmosphere atmosphere of the place was nasty enough even before the global financial crisis, and now it's downright unbearable.
** Moscow, however, has nothing on [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs the second capital of Russia]], which has been a CityNoir for ''centuries'' -- before the term was even conceived -- probably ever since its inception. Even the classical writers of Russian literature would agree: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky himself famously called Saint-Petersburg the "City of the Half-Mad" in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', while Creator/NikolaiGogol devoted an entire short story describing how gloomy and dark it was. And there's a good reason for that: [[TheNightThatNeverEnds on average, there are only two hundred days in the year that are rainy and only fifty that are sunny]], and the weather and life conditions were (and are) so unbearable that most of the peasants who constructed the city died and became the city's foundations. The (beautiful, mind you) famous baroque architecture of the city does not help either: [[InvokedTrope knowing full well that the place where Saint-Petersburg stood was naturally very gloomy]], they chose to use bright, pastel tones like yellow and cyan to add some colour color to the city, which, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, [[GoneHorriblyWrong made it look like a giant insane asylum]]. Saint-Petersburg also became famous for its rampant crime during TheNineties, and albeit the power of TheMafiya waned after Putin's ascension, the atmosphere of the city still reeks of criminality. In short, it is the ''quintessential'' CityNoir, with all of its main characteristics with the sole exception of huge skyscrapers -- and even that is only because it is built on a [[SwampsAreEvil swamp]] and would not support high buildings. Nevertheless, they found out how to build skyscrapers in St. Pete; one district, the Okhta Center, became extremely controversial for being butt-ugly and visible from the entire city due to its height.
25th Aug '17 6:17:18 PM nombretomado
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* It would seem that many [[TheNewRussia Post-Soviet Russian]] metropolises embody the trope.

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* It would seem that many [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Post-Soviet Russian]] metropolises embody the trope.
15th Aug '17 8:23:18 AM sotonohito
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* Phoenix Arizona, in Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife definitely counts. The rich live in shining, air conditioned, arcologies with plenty of water. The poor and refugees from Texas are brutally exploited and live in the remains of the gutted suburbs ruled over by vicious gang leaders who brutally stamp out any effort by their victims to improve their lot in lie.

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* Phoenix Arizona, in Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife by Creator/PaoloBacigalupi definitely counts. The rich live in shining, air conditioned, arcologies with plenty of water. The poor and refugees from Texas are brutally exploited and live in the remains of the gutted suburbs ruled over by vicious gang leaders who brutally stamp out any effort by their victims to improve their lot in lie.
15th Aug '17 8:20:58 AM sotonohito
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* Phoenix Arizona, in Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife definitely counts. The rich live in shining, air conditioned, arcologies with plenty of water. The poor and refugees from Texas are brutally exploited and live in the remains of the gutted suburbs ruled over by vicious gang leaders who brutally stamp out any effort by their victims to improve their lot in lie.
9th Jul '17 11:50:16 AM LongTallShorty64
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* Iverstown from ''Film/TheStrangeLoveOfMarthIvers''.

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* Iverstown from ''Film/TheStrangeLoveOfMarthIvers''.''Film/TheStrangeLoveOfMarthaIvers''.
28th Jun '17 7:27:37 PM LongTallShorty64
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28th Jun '17 7:04:58 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/WhereTheSidewalkEnds'' takes place in the ugly, vice-ridden city of New York.
19th May '17 11:37:47 AM BWHComics
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* The unnamed city that ''Webcomic/TheLettersoftheDevil'' inhabits is a world of barely-hidden corruption. As the mysterious "L" says in the Prologue, "The city is beautiful from a distance. It hides the Rot well."
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