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Genres:Neo Noir

Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd): "You oughta have more sense than to take chances with strangers like this." Joyce Harwood (Veronica Lake): "It's funny, but practically all the people I know were strangers when I met them." This quote comes from “The Blue Dahlia” 1946 film directed by George Marshall. This film was created during the popular film noir era in 1940's, and is referenced in “The Black Dahlia” a film directed by Brian Da Palma which is his homage to the film noir era. This quote is relevant to “The Black Dahlia” because during the film we see a constant change in character perception. “The Black Dahlia” is a film that explores two former boxers who now are police officers in Los Angeles and there journey to solve a case of the a young aspiring actor who has been gruesomely murdered. The film receives the title “Black Dahlia” because that was the name attributed to the murder by the press. The film has multiple characters who are constantly developing and changing in the eyes on the main character and the audience until the last possible moment of the film. This movie genre could be classified as neo noir which is a film noir film created later then the 1970's. Though the film “The Black Dahlia” is a neo-noir film, it has many characteristic that resemble film noir through it's convention, formulas and expectations.

To further explain a neo noir film is necessary to explore the film noir genre. A film noir has many characteristic that make it a genre such as it's conventions, formulas and expectations. A film noir conventions usually follow a distinct trend such as characters being corrupt, cynical, antiheroic and possessing a dark pass. There is usually a detective figure and a seductive female who precipitates to the male protagonist's demise. The usually setting in film noir include dark,glistening streets, smoky dive bars, rented apartments and urban settings. The themes and moods that are provoked are crime,isolation,paranoia...