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  • Film Noir
  • What films are noir? ●Hollywood crime dramas from the early 1940´s to the late 1950´s. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
  • Origins ● The hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the USA after the Depression. ● The German Expresionist cinema. ● The Existencialism and the Psicoanalysis Out of past (Jacques Tourneur,1947)
  • Main features ● Visual Style ● Structural and narrative styles ● Plots, characters and settings ● Favourite actors and actresses ● 10 Best Films Noir
  • Black-and-white visual style Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)
  • Diversity of angles (The lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
  • Innovative shots Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958 )
  • Complex story lines ● Flashbacks, flashforwards. ● Omniscient narrator (for instance: the detective) ● Oneirism and fatalism.
  • Literary sources Dashiel Hammet→Detective Sam Spade in The ● Maltese Falcon ●Raymond Chandler→Detective Phillip Marlowe in The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, The lady from the lake... ●W.R. Burnett→ gansters and criminals in The asphalt jungle
  • Plots,characters and settings. ● A crime investigation ● Archetypal characters: private eyes, fall guys, femmes fatales, corrupt policemen, jealous husbands, intrepid claim adjusters. ● Urban settings but also small towns, suburbia, rural areas, open road...
  • Famous film noir actors Dana Andrews Humphrey Bogart
  • Famous Film Noir Actresses Gene Tierney Lauren Bacall Gloria Grahame
  • Famous Film Noir Actresses Jane Greer Gene Tierney Lauren Bacall Gloria Grahame
  • 10.- Les Diaboliques(1955) ● Plot: The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to happen to the two women.
  • 9.-The Big Sleep (1946) ● Screenplay by William Faulkner. ● Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love...
  • 8.-Notorious(1946) ● Plot: A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. ● Alfred Hitchcock & the Nobel Prize scientist...
  • 7.-Strangers on a train (1951) ● A psychotic young man confronts a tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to put into practice.
  • 6.- Touch of evil(1958) ● Perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town. ● Janet Leigh 's incident.
  • 5.- The maltese falcon(1941) ● A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
  • 4.- The third man (1949) ● Screenplay by Graham Greene. ● Arriving in Vienna, Holly Martins learns that his friend Harry Lime, who has invited him, recently died in a car accident ● When Welles finally arrived, he was 2 weeks late...
  • 3.- Double Indemnity(1944) ● Billy Wilder &Raymond Chandler: screenwriters. ● An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. ● Continuity: Walter Neff is unmarried, yet he wears a wedding ring throughout the movie
  • 2.- M.(1931) ● When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. ● Fritz Lang, its director, brought the German Expresionism to USA.
  • 1.- Sunset Boulevard(1950) ● Billy Wilder is screenwriter&director ● A screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. ● Trivia:Gloria Swanson played her final descent down the staircase barefoot ...
  • Echoes in the present ● Scorsese: Raging Bull, Infiltrados ● Paul Verhoeven: Basic Instinct ● Michael Mann: Heat, Collateral ● Curtis Hanson: L.A. Confidential ● Coen Brothers: Fargo, Blood Simple, No Country for Old Men. ● Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs ● Robert Rodríguez: Sin City ● Sam Mendes: Road to Perdition ● David Lynch: Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks,Mulholland Drive ● David Fincher: Seven, Fight Club, Alien3 ● Ridley Scott: Blade Runner ●
  • THE BIG SLEEP TRAILER