Film noir Essays

  • Film Noir: The Evolution Of Film Noir

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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

  • Casablanca Film Noir Analysis

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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

  • Brief Film Analysis: Classic Noir

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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

  • 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

  • Female Gothic Film Noir Essay

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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

  • Femme False Characters In Film Noir

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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

  • The Corruption Of Chinatown As A Film Noir

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    be film noir on it’s, because it has the classic detective story, but it’s more of a neo-noir on it’s own, where a detective Jake gets caught up between lies, deceits, corruptions and murders. The film takes place in 1937 which is almost the time of Film Noir films, but not quiet. Chinatown has the look of film Noir, but with the trademark black and white and dark lighting gone. Neo-noir films are shot in colored, but has the style of a classic Noir. The style of Chinatown as a neo-noir film has

  • The Hardest Goodbye Film Noir

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    Film noir, or neo-noir is cinematic term used to describe the heavily stylised Hollywoods crime films set in the 50s and 60s alongside The Great Depression. These generally black and white texts emphasise cynical attitudes, sexual motivations and dark themes, using the monochrome element to reflect the mood of the film. Whilst not defined by the conventions of setting and conflict, distinct characteristics of the sub-genre include recurring dark themes and dark tone. Showcasing the classic elements

  • Negative Effects Of Film Noir

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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

  • Fritz Lang: Film Noir

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    exemplary in film noir by utilizing his stark visual style and moody representation of human characters, and has a history of making great classics such as Metropolis (1927), M (1931), Fury (1936), and The Big Heat (1953). Lang came to America to escape the rise of Nazi power in Germany in 1934, he was part of the German expressionist, and could skillfully direct drama-thrillers and epic science fiction dramas with ease, as noted by Foster Hirsch in his book, The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, “Of the

  • Double Indemitity In The Film Noir Film

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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

  • What Is The Femme Fatale In Film Noir

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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

  • Sunset Boulevard Film Noir

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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

  • Essay On Film Noir

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    impressionism and cubism, surrealism and realism took literature to an opposite direction, and film has evolved over the years through cultural and artistic development such as expressionism, auteurism and film noir (House, p.61). The 1940s and post World War II gave rise to a new style of American film, these films appeared pessimistic and dark in mood, theme, and subject. The world created within these films were portrayed as corrupt, hopeless, lacked human sympathy, and “a world where women with a

  • The Early Influences Of Film Noir Films

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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

  • Blade Runner Film Noir Essay

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    Learning from Movies - A Case Study of Film Noir Film noir is a term that describes a style of Hollywood crime movies characterized by cynical attitudes, moral ambiguity, and low-key, black-and-white visuals. The genre’s classic period was the 1940s and 1950s. A typical film noir story often takes place in urban settings at night. The protagonist is usually morally ambiguous, cynical, disillusioned, or flawed. He may be a private detective, a cop, a gangster, a war veteran, or a petty criminal. As

  • Film Noir Film Noir Analysis

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    The Courtesans of the Noir Era In film noir and hardboiled literature, the femme fatales are one of the major archetypes of the genre. According to Ron Hanson, “If the women is the victim, it’s not really film noir.” This kind of woman manipulates men by any means necessary to gain power, a sense of independence, or just plain greed. Either way, this style does not display any sort of damsel in distress motif that previous audiences were used to. There is a digression from a loving and doting housewife

  • Hollywood In The Fortieth Film Noir Analysis

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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"

  • Film Noir: Anxieties Of The Great Depression

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    Film noir came into the public gaze in the post-war 1940’s. The American film industry continued to make and produce films during World War II and because the German’s where occupying France, they stopped all American films from being screened in the French theaters. When World War II had ended and the Nazi regime had collapsed in 1945 the France audience where greeted with a back log of American films. American films that reflected the anxieties of the American nation at that time and of the

  • Quintus Curtius's The Dark Themes Of Film Noir

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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