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    Evolution of Film Noir “Black Film”, is the translation per-se, to the meaning of Film Noir. The specific mood of film has been argued as unable to label and identify with a specific genre, therefore, arguably, it has morphed into it’s own self-proclaimed genre. It is a mood, a style, a point of view, a tone of a film. A genre by definition of Foster Hirsch is, “determined by conventions of narrative structure, characterization, theme, and visual design.” Stimulating enough, Film Noir contains all

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    Those that believe Casablanca is not film noir usually perceive Film Noir as a genre. Noir is not a genre; Noir transcends genres and behaves more accurately as a style of cinema. As styles go, there can be variations of them as we see now with Post-Noir and Neo Noir, noir elements in a different time period of film technology which makes these films slightly different than the style of classic film noir. Themes of cynicism, impending doom, loss, jeopardy of life accompanied by visuals dominated

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    the most notable films of classic noir directed by Otto Preminger was released in nineteen forty-four. The film consists of the basic elements of film noir; McPherson, the detective played by Dana Andrews, Laura Hunt, the femme fatale played by Gene Tierney, Waldo Lydecker, the criminal played by Clifton Webb. With these elements story of a murder takes action. It’s a murder mystery filled with suspects and a plot twist that makes the audience wonder what is happening. The film begins with Waldo

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    Film Noir Film Analysis

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    THE LOST FALCON IN FILM NOIR In written literature, writings that mention about crime is classified as “Noir Fiction”. From the second half of the 19th century, in cinematography, this genre is simulated as “Film Noir”. The audience will encounter with a crime throughout the film which is made by using this specific genre. Main characters in this genre are a criminal who is mostly a man, a female and a detective. Criminals are mostly coldblooded and ruthless. This behavior disorientation can

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    Both the film noir and the female Gothic film cycles address the changing tides of the woman throughout the 1940s. As the social implications of wartime America emerged in cinema, exploration of the female’s role outside of the home and as a part of a moving and shaking society became key. Women began to emerge as highly competent and counter to their previous role as the subservient doe of a housewife. Females rose to status in their new role as the “working-woman,” embracing previously male-occupied

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    Throughout the film noir genre we have explored the role of the femme fatale characters who use their womanly charms as weapons to manipulate men and achieve some higher goal. There acting skills to appear vulnerable and helpless, along with her manipulative nature creates a cold hearted master over men, disguised as a damsel in distress, which our heroes cannot resist. This femme fatale character is portrayed perfectly by Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s film Sunset Boulevard but is also challenged

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    Film Noir: The dark side Background Film noirs came to prominence during and after the World War II and lasted through the ‘Golden Era’ till 1960. Film noir can be defined as a film movement and not just a genre of film because it emerged at the time of political disturbance (1941-1958) – Second World War and Cold War. Feelings of fear, mistrust, and ambiguity, loss of innocence, pessimism and paranoia are evident in noir films, reflecting the disruption and disillusionment prevalent in the American

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    Introduction: Film noir is a well-known cinematic term that is generally used to deal with the briefing of Hollywood crime drama and is more particularly used to place an emphasis on the cynical attitudes that also deal with the sexual provoking activities. The time period of noir in the Hollywood history is generally marked as the extending period of the time of 1940 to 1950s. The Film Noir is the time period that deals with and is associated with the low-key and black and white visual styling

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    Film noir was rooted in a specific period of time during the 1940s and 1950’s after the great depression and post-war. Directors created a plot, which concentrated on cynical attitudes and sexual motivation. Many of theses films were low-budget movies made by upcoming directors. They used low-key lighting to focus on the scene because the set was not very nice. It was usually in block apartments or back alleys. Also, the low-key lighting was used to emphasize on the shadows and the faces of characters

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    Influences Of Film Noir

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    know today as film noir can result in a convoluted mess. Film noir itself is not necessarily a genre in the same way the western or musical is. Film noir is characterized by shadowy cinematography, thematic elements, and a generally somber and cynical mood. The notable films generally accepted as the characteristically noir include White Heat, Double Indemnity, The Big Heat, Detective Story, The Maltese Falcon and several others. Modern viewers might be familiar with noir-inspired films like Chinatown

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    acclaimed, but darkest film noir story about Hollywood and what happens behind the scenes written by Billy Wilder. It shows the true deceitfulness, emptiness, the price of fame, greed, narcissism, and ambition it really takes to be an actor or actress during the 1950’s in Hollywood. Norma Desmond was one of the main characters and she showed viewers how easily they can perceive their characters on screen for their real life and get them twisted. In the 1950’s fans of the film wanted the actors to be

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    The film noir is not a genre, as Raymond Durgnat pointed out quite accurately to the objection in the book "Hollywood in the Fortieth" by Hayyom and Greenberg (Hollywood in Soroca). This movie can not be defined in the same way as, for example, a western or gangster film: that is, through the scene of action and conflict. Rather, noir is determined by a combination of more elusive qualities of tone, image, intonation. First of all, "Noir", as a "black" film, is defined through the opposition to "gray"

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    Following World War II, film critics in France noticed a new dark, low-key screen style in American cinema. These films, showing “lost innocence, doomed romanticism, hard-edged cynicism, desperate desire, and paranoia,” brought a more mature world-view into Hollywood (CITE). Known as film noir, this style took advantage of the post-war atmosphere that surrounded America in the 1940s. American society felt disillusioned and jaded after everything that transpired with the second World War. In his article

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    Why Should Double Indemnity Be Considered a Film Noir? Double Indemnity was published in 1944, directed by Billy Wilder. According to Filmsite.org, film noir become popular during the 1940. Tim Dirks, writer and editor of Filmsite.org, listed Double Indemnity as one of the greatest film noirs in history. There are many elements that classify Double Indemnity as a film noir, such as flashbacks, violence, dark settings, the dangers of what being in love could cause, and the list is endless. Double

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    Alphaville Film Noir

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    Not since Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville (1965), a French classic science fiction noir, has a film like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), an American neo-noir, evoked such an unconventional, dark, and gritty sci-fi tale involving a cynical police detective on the trail of murdering androids called “replicants” that look identical to humans. The film takes place in a futuristic, overcrowded, rain-soaked metropolis of Los Angele in the year 2019. “The infrastructure looks a lot like now, except older

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    There are many distinct elements of a film noir. Strong lighting features, tough female characters, a twisted love story, and crowded yet simple sets. These are just a few of those elements and they all make Blade Runner a film noir. One of the more noticeable elements of a film noir is lighting. Throughout the film, lighting is used to set the mood and atmosphere of each scene. When Deckard and the other police enter the apartment to find what they believe to be a fish scale, they open the door

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    LA confidential is as much a film noir as it is not a film noir, for one it is set in the 1950’s which is film noir era. Noir films are based corruption in urban settings so location of these films often consist of nighttime scenes, neon and busy cities and los angeles (the location of the film) is a perfect example of such. A city was chosen to host this film because film noir plays largely on the idea of loneliness and solitude and the setting of a big city allows just that where the male protagonist

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    Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner is known for its incredible use of very low key lighting, the dark appearance of the film not only exemplifies the futuristic L.A city but also ties the film in with a modernized film noir style. The low key lighting in combination with the neon lights and signs creates a correlation between the light and the dark, this represents the conflict throughout the film between humanity and the replicants. Investigating the lighting throughout the scene when Deckard, played

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    The Coen Brothers Ethan and Joel, were a dynamic duo who had influential effects on the film scene using many techniques of film noir. The Coen Brothers are most known for their crime and unravelling of character films often using techniques such as chiaroscuro, moving shots and quick character changes. The Brothers produced their first film in 1984 sparking their careers into film and especially film noir. Element one - Music A significant technique the Coen Brothers often use to add tension

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    of classic film noir the Touch of Evil (1958). The contributions of Orson Welles (Orson Welles) on transiting the traditional Hollywood film style and developing the film noir in the 1940s is irreplaceable. The genre Film noir was well known for showing a degenerate and dark underground world. The masterpieces of Orson Welles for example the Citizen Kane(1941), The Lady from Shanghai (1948) and The Strangers (1946) all made significant contributions to the styles of American film noir during1940s

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