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Key Features of Film Noir      By Liam Hughes
The Meaning• Film noir is a French term meaning “black  film”, or film of the night.• This was inspired by the Serious Noi...
Black and White• Most of these films are filmed in black and  white not just because they were made in the  1950’s and ear...
The Setting• The setting in film noir movies are usually  urban scenes, such as apartment blocks and  back alleys.• These ...
Lighting• The lighting is one of the biggest part of the  film noir genre. This shows two other big parts  which are shado...
Smoking/Smoke• This is a very important key feature in film noir  as it is used in every noir film.• With the use of smoke...
Shadows• With the use of shadows, they suggest more  mystery within the film. That there could be  someone in those shadow...
Darkness• In film noir, darkness is used a great deal  within the film. This suggests that there is  someone or something ...
Femme Fatales• These are woman who just as soon kill you as  love you, and they usually have certain traits  such as; beau...
Female Costume• The costume of the females also is a key  feature within film noir movies. But mainly the  femme fatales.•...
Male Detective• These are usually the main characters within  the film, and usually have a downfall.• These men are usuall...
Male Costume• The male costume plays a big part in the film  noir’s mise en scene. The men dress in fedoras  and suits all...
Guns• Guns are a great part of the film noir genre as  they bring action to the films. They give a  sense of danger and ex...
Reflections• Reflections are a big part in film noir. These  can show the audience things that the  character cannot, ther...
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  1. 1. Key Features of Film Noir By Liam Hughes
  2. 2. The Meaning• Film noir is a French term meaning “black film”, or film of the night.• This was inspired by the Serious Noir, this was a line of cheap paperbacks that translated hard-boiled American crime authors and found a popular audience in France.
  3. 3. Black and White• Most of these films are filmed in black and white not just because they were made in the 1950’s and earlier, but this emphasises the shadows in the movie.• It also suggests that there is no happiness in this movie by showing no colour.
  4. 4. The Setting• The setting in film noir movies are usually urban scenes, such as apartment blocks and back alleys.• These urban settings are usually filled with dark corners, shadows and little lighting, which shows us that there could be more than meets the eye.
  5. 5. Lighting• The lighting is one of the biggest part of the film noir genre. This shows two other big parts which are shadows and darkness.• This creates the mode of the scene, either it be uncertainty or anger, this creates it.• There is little lighting but it always faces the main character on screen.
  6. 6. Smoking/Smoke• This is a very important key feature in film noir as it is used in every noir film.• With the use of smoke, it suggests mystery within the scene or the person in the scene. It makes the audience think that there maybe something more to whats actually on the screen.
  7. 7. Shadows• With the use of shadows, they suggest more mystery within the film. That there could be someone in those shadows watching, without anyone knowing.• The shadows also create darkness, which suggest evil. This may suggest that there is evil everywhere in this movie, and that you can’t escape it.
  8. 8. Darkness• In film noir, darkness is used a great deal within the film. This suggests that there is someone or something out in the darkness, which creates a sense of the unknown and fear.• Also this suggests that there is evil within this film and that it is all around.
  9. 9. Femme Fatales• These are woman who just as soon kill you as love you, and they usually have certain traits such as; beautiful, unrealisable, promiscuous, seductive, double-dealing, ect.• These females love creating danger for the main character who ends up falling for her.
  10. 10. Female Costume• The costume of the females also is a key feature within film noir movies. But mainly the femme fatales.• Woman are usually seen in red dresses with a low neckline, lots of mascara, red lipstick, floppy hats, high heels, elbow length gloves, fur coats, ect.
  11. 11. Male Detective• These are usually the main characters within the film, and usually have a downfall.• These men are usually hard-heartened, cynical, morally ambiguous, a hero, ect.• There downfall is either a woman or alchol.
  12. 12. Male Costume• The male costume plays a big part in the film noir’s mise en scene. The men dress in fedoras and suits all the time which shows that they are either detectives or mobsters.• This tells the audience that crime is going to be a big part within most film noir movies.
  13. 13. Guns• Guns are a great part of the film noir genre as they bring action to the films. They give a sense of danger and excitement.• The typical gun is a hand gun, which is easily hidden so it can cause surprise in the movie.
  14. 14. Reflections• Reflections are a big part in film noir. These can show the audience things that the character cannot, therefor raising tension and excitement.• Also it is a great effect on showing certain conversa- tions between characters.
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