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Film noir

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  • 1. Film Noir
  • 2. About Film Noir
    • Hollywood’s classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940’s to the late 1950’s.
    • 3. Film Noir is a cinematic term used to primarily describe stylish Hollywood Crime dramas.
  • Characteristics
    • Emphasise Low-Key lighting and unbalanced compositions
    • 4. Mostly shot in gloomy greys, blacks and whites.
    • 5. deep focus or depth of field camera work
    • 6. Juxtaposition of elements
    • 7. Ominous shadows and skewed camera angles
    • 8. Urban Night scenes with deep shadows, wet asphalt and dimly lit with low rent apartments.
    • 9. Alienation of Protagonist by framing
  • Femme Fatale
    • Some of the characteristics: Mysterious, Duplicitous, double-crossing, gorgeous, unloving, predatory, unreliable, irresponsible, manipulative and desperate, seductive
    • 10. Often leads the main person into compromising dangers and deadly situations
    • 11. Archetype of literature and art
    • 12. Achieves hidden purpose by using her beauty, charm and sexual allure
  • Cinematic sources
    • Deeply Influenced by German Expressionism which is an Artistic movement of the 1910’s and 1920’a that involved theatre, photography, painting, sculpture and architecture as well as cinema.
    • 13. Plots and Themes often taken from adaptations of American Literary works
    • 14. Most of the early film noir films were detective thrillers because of this
  • Moods of Film Noir
  • Characters in Film Noir
    • Heroes or Anti-Heroes, corrupt characters and villains included: detectives or private eyes, cops, gangsters, government agents, a lone wolf, socio-paths or killers, crooks, war veterans, politicians, petty criminals, murderers.
    • 26. Were often morally-ambiguous low-lifes from the dark and gloomy underworld of violent crime and corruption
  • Famous film noir directors
  • Some Film Noir Films
    • The Falcon Takes Over – Irving Reis
    • 36. The Big Sleep – Howard Hawks
    • 37. In a Lonely Place – Nicholas Ray
    • 38. The Asphalt Jungle – John Huston
    • 39. Key Largo – John Huston
    • 40. Laura – Otto Preminger
    • 41. The Lady from Shanghai – Orson Welles
    • 42. The Woman in the Window – Fritz Lang

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