Film noir conventions


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Film noir conventions

  1. 1. Film Noir
  2. 2. (1) Character roles (2) Narrative themes Film Noir Conventions (3) Iconography + mise en scene (4) Technical conventions
  3. 3. (1) Character roles -Cynical Protagonist -Femme Fatale -Corrupt authority figures Film Noir Conventions
  4. 4. -Cynical Protagonist Hard heated, cynical, selfless, lonely, physically tough. Usually meets a beautiful femme fatale who draws him into a dangerous situation. Is physically or mentally damaged, usually due to a past trauma or experience.
  5. 5. -Femme Fatale An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately cause distress to a man who becomes involved with her. Often uses her sexuality to manipulate the protagonist into becoming the fall guy
  6. 6. -Corrupt authority figures A character within a position of authority and trust. This status is often abused for their own personal gain. This role reflects the mistrust and paranoia narrative theme.
  7. 7. (2) Narrative themes Mistrust and Paranoia. Bleakness and depression. Reflecting the effects and consequences of war. Film Noir Conventions Reflecting the effects of waiting for the cold war. 1950’s Gender politics.
  8. 8. Film Noir Conventions (3) Iconography + mise en scene
  9. 9. Typical iconography and Mise en scene Film Noir mise en scene/iconography •Dark sidewalks •Rain drenched streets •Flashing neon signs •A villainous, corrupt and hostile urban environment •Alchohol/Alchoholics •Cigarettes •Guns •Trench cots •Neon lights
  10. 10. Film Noir Conventions (4) Technical conventions
  11. 11. (4) Technical conventions -Low key lighting
  12. 12. (4) Technical conventions -Voice over/narration
  13. 13. (4) Technical conventions Shadows cast by venetian blinds
  14. 14. (4) Technical conventions Non linear – first person narrative
  15. 15. What noir conventions are present?