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Film noir

  1. 1. Film Noir
  2. 2. What films are noir? ●Hollywood crime dramas from the early 1940´s to the late 1950´s. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
  3. 3. 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)
  4. 4. Main features ● Visual Style ● Structural and narrative styles ● Plots, characters and settings ● Favourite actors and actresses ● 10 Best Films Noir
  5. 5. Black-and-white visual style Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)
  6. 6. Diversity of angles (The lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
  7. 7. Innovative shots Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958 )
  8. 8. Complex story lines ● Flashbacks, flashforwards. ● Omniscient narrator (for instance: the detective) ● Oneirism and fatalism.
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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...
  11. 11. Famous film noir actors Dana Andrews Humphrey Bogart
  12. 12. Famous Film Noir Actresses Gene Tierney Lauren Bacall Gloria Grahame
  13. 13. Famous Film Noir Actresses Jane Greer Gene Tierney Lauren Bacall Gloria Grahame
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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...
  16. 16. 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...
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 6.- Touch of evil(1958) ● Perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town. ● Janet Leigh 's incident.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 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...
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. 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 ...
  24. 24. 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 ●