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  Film Noir - Films
Film noir was also derived from the crime/gangster and detective/mystery sagas from the 1930s (i.e., Little Caesar (1930), Public Enemy (1931) and Scarface (1932)), but very different in tone and characterization.
The criminal, violent, misogynistic, hard-boiled, or greedy perspectives of anti-heroes in film noir were a metaphoric symptom of society's evils, with a strong undercurrent of moral conflict, purposelessness and sense of injustice.
Film noir films were marked visually by expressionistic lighting, deep-focus or depth of field camera work, disorienting visual schemes, jarring editing or juxtaposition of elements, ominous shadows, skewed camera angles (usually vertical or diagonal rather than horizontal), circling cigarette smoke, existential sensibilities, and unbalanced or moody compositions.
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  Film noir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Film noir is a film style and mood primarily associated with crime films, that portrays its principal characters in a cynical and unsympathetic world.
Film noir is primarily derived from the hard-boiled style of crime fiction of the Depression era (many films noir were adaptations of such novels) and the gritty style of 1930s horror fiction.
Film noir has been associated by some critics with the political landscape of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s--in particular, with a sense of social anxiety and alienation that is said to have followed World War II and later with the Red Scare.
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 Film Noir. Film Noir Movie Downloads.
Film noir movies feature a mood and film style, primarily associated with crime movies, that portrays its principal characters in a nihilistic and existential world.
Film noir is principally derived from the hard-boiled style of crime fiction literature of the Great Depression era, (many films noir were adaptations of such novels).
Film noir was defined in retrospect by film critics and movie historians; many of the creators of film noir later said they were unaware at the time that they were creating a distinctive film genre.
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 Bright Lights Film Journal | Film Noir and Neo-Noir
Nightmare Alley — Set in a cheesy carnival, the film presents an unforgettable gallery of grotesques whose lives intertwine romantically, criminally, and, ultimately, fatally.
Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour — Detour (1945) has one of the more convoluted plots in noir, packing a flashback structure, an extended voiceover, a cross-country trek, a mysterious death, an "accidental" murder, an identity exchange, an unforgettable femme fatale, and one of the most pathetic, masochistic antiheroes ever into its 67-minute running time.
Film Noir's Knights of the Road — “The fl sheep of the family, noir’s tramps are the tin-age antithesis to Chaplin’s golden-age thesis.”
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 Film noir and the German-Hollywood Connection
In film noir, events often occur in the dark of night, and the characters also tend to have their dark side.
Despite many variations, most film noir heroes/villains are paranoid loners headed for some dark destiny, but who nevertheless manage to exchange a few snappy lines of dialog with the inevitable femme fatale along the way.
Purists claim that “true” film noir can't be in color, which would exclude almost all of the neo-noir films from the 1960s to the present.
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 Category:Film noir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Film noir originally referred to the classic period of 1940s-1950s films during and after World War II.
Such films were generally made in fl-and-white with cheap production values, but often with shots using the hand-held cameras developed during the war for documentary use.
Modern films that evoke this period and style may be referred to as neo-noir.
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 No Place for a Woman: The Femme Fatale
Moreover, there is clearly an impetus in film noir to transgress the boundaries of this circle; for the presence of husbands on crutches or in wheelchairs (Double Indemnity, Lady from Shanghai) suggests that impotence is somehow a normal component of the married state.
Noir films immediately convey the intense sexual presence of the femme fatale by introducing her as a fully established object of the hero's obsession.
In the majority of noir films, however, the femme fatale remains committed to her independence, seldom allowing herself to be converted by the hero or captured by the police.
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 Conversation with Nathaniel Rich, p. 3 of 5
These are films that are often shot in color but try to stylistically approximate the same kind of effect that was achieved in fl and white but using color, and this takes on many different forms, often using lots of shadow or often using strange colors, things like that.
Many books on film noir don't actually give any kind of clear definition of the genre but simply list all the films that they consider to be film noir, and that's their definition.
Noir came along to say, "Maybe everything isn't quite so great as we all think it is, maybe not everyone's doing so well, maybe there's something more sinister going on, at least underneath the surface." Noir is very much about what's underneath the surface, the underground, the underbelly.
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 Night of the Soul
Film noir is not a genre....It is not defined, as are the western and gangster genres, by conventions of setting and conflict, but rather by the more subtle qualities of tone and mood.
While a few films noirs had been made in color (most notably Leave Her to Heaven in 1945), for the most part it is impossible to effectively show dank, rain-washed streets and harsh, oblique shadows in glorious Technicolor.
Film noir is famous for its tangled plots which are told in convoluted manners of flashbacks, narrations, and displaced time sequences.
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 HARD-BOILED MYSTERIES - French crime films: noir films
The term "film noir" was created by French critics after the end of World War II when they discovered a large group of American films made in the 1940s that could not be seen in France during the German occupation.
They were dubbed "film noir" by analogy with "roman noir", the label used to describe the American "hard-boiled" detective fiction by the writers like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler or James M. Cain that provided source material for these films and that was published in the "Série Noire", launched in 1945 by the Gallimard publishing house.
But to present "noir" as a purely American cultural phenomenon merely assimilated by the French is to ignore the cinematic and cultural trends that already existed in France in the 1930s and the early 1940s.
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 GreenCine | Film Noir
Noir's roots can be traced to American pulp literature and German cinema in the years immediately preceding the Great Depression and the Third Reich's rise to power.
Alfred Hitchcock was not a straight-up noir director, but it'd be a shame not to explore the overlap between the genre-slash-style and his work, particularly in the 40s and 50s.
Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker (1953) has been called the only true noir directed by a woman, but those who make that claim probably also mean to include the provision "during the classic noir period." Regardless, the heroine of American independent cinema proclaimed it her best film and few would argue.
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 Images - Film Noir
Film noir, occasionally acerbic, usually cynical, and often enthralling, gave us characters trying to elude some mysterious past that continues to haunt them, hunting them down with a fatalism that taunts and teases before delivering the final, definitive blow.
Film noir first appeared in the early '40s in movies such as Stranger on the Third Floor (often cited as the first full-fledged noir) and This Gun For Hire.
While soldiers went to war, film noir exposed a darker side of life, balancing the optimism of Hollywood musicals and comedies by supplying seedy, two-bit criminals and doom-laden atmospheres.
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 Film Noir Reader   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Just completed is Film Noir Reader 4, another anthology of 20 never-before-published case studies and articles and the forth in the series of essential texts on film noir published by Limelight Editions.
Film Noir Reader 4 is scheduled to be published in late summer, 2004.
The original Film Noir Reader reproduces in one volume seven seminal essays on film noir and fourteen other articles, either long out of print or original to that anthology, which consider many of the key films, directors, and themes of film noir.
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 Film and Roman Noir Web Page: What is Film Noir?
There are seven elements of film noir Raymond Borde and Etienne Chauteton highlight in Panorama du Film Americain (excerpted and translated in the Film Noir Reader edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini).
Crossfire are structured from the perspective of the police, yet this does not limit the brutal violence and perversity of the murders in Crossfire.
Recent films like Bound, Dark City and virtually anything by John Dahl are not mere homages to film noir, but contemporary noirs themselves.
www.eskimo.com /~noir/whatis.shtml   (441 words)

 USA Today (Society for the Advancement of Education): The endurance of film noir - continuing influence of dark, ...
There was a time not too long ago when film noir (literally, "dark film") was an arcane term found in cinema studies textbooks.
Film noir endures not only as a style and a genre (it is both) from yesteryear, but continues to influence contemporary moviemaking.
Film noir generally is recognized to be a certain style that influenced primarily the crime movies of the 1940s and 1950s.
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 Film Noir Mailing List Information Page
"Film noir: a term coined by French critics to describe a type of film that is characterized by its dark, somber tone and cynical, pessimistic mood.
Literally meaning 'dark (or 'fl') film', the term is derived from roman noir, 'fl novel', which was used by French critics of the 18th and 19th centuries to describe the British Gothic novel.
Specifically, film noir was coined to describe those Hollywood films of the 40s and 50s which portrayed the dark and gloomy underworld of crime and corruption, films whose heroes as well as villains are cynical, disillusioned, and other insecure loners, inextricably bound to the past and unsure or apathetic about the future."
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 Film Noir   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This film noir was made during the height of the McCarthy Era, by anti-establishment film star Humphrey Bogart with stunning femme fatale Gloria Grahame.
Considered historically to be the first true film noir, this first-time directing effort by John Huston is still one of the all-time classics of film.
This film noir, made in 1973, is a fine addition to the Marlowe legacy.
www.filmmonthly.com /Noir/noir.htm   (671 words)

 TASCHEN Books: Film - All Titles - Film Noir - Facts
Beginning with a general overview of film noir and covering its most important themes chapter by chapter (lovers plan murder, corrupt police, doomed love, psychological noir, etc.), this copiously illustrated handbook provides instant and in-depth access to the film noir genre for amateurs and aficionados alike.
The authors: Alain Silver has co-written and co-edited a score of books including The Samurai Film, The Noir Style, The Vampire Film, Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, director studies of David Lean and Robert Aldrich, and four Film Noir Readers.
He has also contributed articles to various film magazines and has supplied the DVD commentary for numerous classic film noirs.
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 The Film Noir Foundation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Film Noir Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement.
It is the mission of the Foundation to find and preserve films in danger of being lost or irreparably damaged, and to ensure that high quality prints of these classic films remain in circulation for theatrical exhibition to future generations.
As a focal point of the film noir renaissance, the Foundation is in a position to serve as a conduit between the studios and repertory cinemas still interested in screening these films in 35mm.
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 Film Noir
NEW York is Film Noir City: as I move through it, I scout locations for my imaginary 1947 thriller.
The city is still filled with bars and restaurants that opened in the 1940's and early 50's, the years that bookend the classic film noir cycle.
This is a shared weakness of these movies, I think,because in other film noirs the bad guys meet far more creative ends: they are left dangling from the tops of bridges, sent screaming down elevator shafts, impaled on the hands of giant clocks or, in one, consumed by a runaway combine harvester.
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 Articles > Film Noir
While it is generally agreed that the "classic period" of Film Noir began with "The Maltese Falcon" in 1941, and ended with Orson Welles' film "Touch of Evil" in 1958, there is little agreement on anything else to do with this series-movement-genre.
Most films classified as Film Noir share a visual motif that uses strong directional lighting and deep shadows (derived from the German expressionist films, although "Citizen Kane" is often cited as the prototype), but there are notable exceptions.
A number of excellent neo- Films Noir have been made since the "classic period", and in 2001 the Coen Brothers introduced a fine example entitled "The Man Who Wasn't There" This fl and white film, set in 1949, uses modern techniques to recreate the style and tone of the traditional Film Noir.
www.pictureshowman.com /articles_genhist_filmnoir.cfm   (935 words)

 Hard-Boiled Fiction and Other Media, including Film Noir   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Film noir ("dark film") refers to a genre of movies that employ hard-boiled protagonists, urban settings, dark tones, and a sense of despair.
Early techniques in cutting sound film resulted in dead spots; this was eliminated by slight overlaps, giving the impression of seamless sound and leading to a maxim that “sound leads”: for every visual shift, there must be an auditory shift as well, and it came first.
This film is famous for Hitchcock’s style: complex choreography in scenes and richly detailed settings in which characters and objects are placed and moved significantly.
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 What is this thing called film noir
These films’ long, sharply-defined shadows, frames bathed in inky flness, tilted camera angles and claustrophobic compositions created an overall aesthetic of nocturnal, subterranean unreality that is easily recognised (and imitated).
One of the greatest noirs of the 1940s drew on neither Expressionism nor even Hollywood for its strength [though it did draw on the American hardboiled fiction common to film noir].
The new-fangled television forced film noir out to suburbia to compete with ‘pulp’; crime on TV where, in all the bright sunshine and open spaces, noir was effectively dead as a film genre by 1955.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Film Noir: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Noir explored the dark side of post-war society - gangsters, hoodlums, prostitutes and killers - and showed how it corrupted the good and the beautiful.
The Pocket Essential Film Noir charts the progression of the noir style as a vehicle for film-makers who wanted to record the darkness at the heart of American society as it emerged from World War to the Cold War.
As well as an introductory overview of the origins of film noir, this Pocket Essential discusses all the classics from the heyday of the movement and includes a handy reference section for readers who want to know more.
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