WHAT IS FILM NOIR? Film Noir is a film tone that typically has these features… It is often dark Has a murder mystery A femme fatal character A private eye Lots of silhouettes.
FACTS! It began as an artistic movement in 1910-1920. It took off in the 1930s onwards. Film Noir literally translates as “Black Film.” Film Noir developed during and after WW2 and highlighted thepessimistic attitudes at the time.
HOW HAS IT CHANGED OVERTIME..? Film Noir hadn’t been altered much till 1970. The only change was a sub-feature named Neo-Noir It reversed the role that typical Film Noir movies originally set outto do. It reminded the audience that they were only watching and notparticipating in the story happening on screen
MILDRED PIERCE Director: Michael Curtiz Distributing company: Warner Brothers Released: 20th October 1945 Basic Plot: A woman who dotes on her two children faces roughtimes after her husband abandons her, she starts up her own business,and her new husband is killed in her own home.
SUNSET BOULEVARD Director: Billy Wilder Distributing company: Paramount Released: 17 August 1950 Basic Plot: A fading silent movie star gets her return to the screenwhen a script writer (who becomes her lover) writes her a way intothe life she didn’t wish to leave behind. A murder mystery surroundsthis.
TOUCH OF EVIL Director: Orson Welles Distributing company: Universal Pictures Released: 23 April 1958 Basic Plot: A Mexican officer cuts his honeymoon short to dealwith the death of an American man who had a bomb placed in hiscar. Whilst investigating his suspects, they have plans in store startingwith the Mexican officer’s wife.
NIGHTMARE ALLEY Director: Edmund Goulding Distributing company: Twentieth Century Fox Released: 28 October 1947 Basic Plot: A threesome, consisting of an ambitious carnie, analcoholic husband and a fake mind reading wife work the crowds atthe carnival.
THE BIG SLEEP Private Eye and Silhouettes Femme Fatale
THE BIG SLEEP Director: Howard Hawks Distributing company: Released: 31 August 1946 Basic Plot: A private eye is hired by a dying man to investigate afew family issues before he passes on. As he probes further, he findsit leads to the disappearance of a favoured employee that left with aknown mobster’s wife.
WHAT DID I LEARN FROM THESE MOVIES...? Film Noir, has very similarly linked features throughout all moviesin this style. Creating dark shadows and silhouettes is key in Film Noire. The femme fatale character has to be incredibly seducing to makeit 100% believable.
•Drama has always been an essential genre.•Dramas, as the name suggests are very dramaticand can leave the viewer in shock or leave themexcited about what they have viewed.•Music is always used very well in Dramas toenhance the mood that has been set.•Romantic dramas started to be released in the1950’s and were very popular and still are, withfemale audiences.
Director: James CameronDistributing company: Twentieth Century FoxReleased: December 19,1997.Basic Plot: The maiden ship, Titanic sets off forNew York and love blossoms between a youngsocialite and a poor artist.History: It is a 1997 American drama/romancemovie. The production of the film began in 1995.The movie was partially funded by paramountpictures and 20th century fox.
Director: Michael CurtizDistributing company: Warner BrothersReleased: 23rd January 1943Basic Plot: Set in Africa during the 1940s, HumphreyBogart stars as a man with a past trying to hide thepast. He meets his former lover at his own bar andthings begin to get complicated.
Director: Daniel BarnzDistributing company: CBS FilmsReleased: 22nd April 2011Basic Plot: It is like the "Beauty and the Beast" butin modern times, where a vain New York teen istransformed into a hideous monster in order to getover his looks to find true love.
Director: Henry JaglomDistributing company: Jagtonia FilmsReleased: 16th October 1998Basic Plot: A shop owner and an Englishman meetand falls in love at the very first time but the man ismarried and the woman is to marry her businesspartner.
Director: Bille WoodruffDistributing company: Universal PicturesReleased: 12th March 2004Basic Plot: It is about a young dance teacher in a localcommunity center who manages to become a backupdancer in music videos. She ends up dating a barberwhich leads to problems with her new found career.
Directors: Danny Boyle & Loveleen TandanDistributing company: Universal PicturesReleased: 9th March 2008Basic Plot: A young teen who grew up in theslums, becomes a contestant on the Indian versionof "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?“ As themovie progresses, you see how his life storyhelped him answer his questions correctly and win“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”
Titanic: The characters where very emotional which is a typicalconvention of Drama.Casablanca: The story of love in this film is a plot which is often seen inDramas.Beastly: When the two characters meets and fall in love even though themale has been cursed in order to find true love makes it very dramatic asit shows that love has no ugly side.
CONVENTIONS Déjà vu: When things get complicated among the lovers and thingsstart to collide. Honey: Having exactly what you want in life before it goes wrong. Thistypically happens in Dramas. Slumdog Millionaire: Shows how love prevails no matter what, whichis typical of Dramas.