Urban Night scenes with deep shadows, wet asphalt and dimly lit with low rent apartments.
Alienation of Protagonist by framing</li></li></ul><li>Femme Fatale<br /><ul><li>Some of the characteristics: Mysterious, Duplicitous, double-crossing, gorgeous, unloving, predatory, unreliable, irresponsible, manipulative and desperate, seductive
Often leads the main person into compromising dangers and deadly situations
Achieves hidden purpose by using her beauty, charm and sexual allure</li></li></ul><li>Cinematic sources<br /><ul><li> 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.
Plots and Themes often taken from adaptations of American Literary works
Most of the early film noir films were detective thrillers because of this</li></li></ul><li>Moods of Film Noir<br /><ul><li> Melancholy
Paranoia</li></li></ul><li>Characters in Film Noir<br /><ul><li>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.
Were often morally-ambiguous low-lifes from the dark and gloomy underworld of violent crime and corruption</li></li></ul><li>Famous film noir directors<br /><ul><li>Howard Hawks