"Film Noir" Essays and Research Papers

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Film Noir

Cisneros Film Noir Assignment 1--How is the mood of Sunset Boulevard representative of the Film Noir style? The mood of the film is immediately established as decadent and decaying by the posthumous narrator - a dead man floating face-down in a swimming pool in Beverly Hills. As we fade backward into the story, we quickly come to understand that this film is about "behind the scenes" Hollywood, self-deceit, spiritual and spatial emptiness, and the price of fame, greed, narcissism, and ambition...

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Film Noir and Graphic Novels

Noir Stylistics in Noir Inspired Graphic novels : Sin City and V for Vendetta The Stylistics of Film Noir transcends medium : in Sin City and V for Vendetta - both Noir influenced graphic novels that were adapted for the screen - an attempt to identify the Stylistics at play that are common to both mediums will be made. Sin City is Film Noir in both the film version and in the art and writing in the graphic novel from which the film directed by Robert Rodriguez was made. V for Vendetta was written...

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film noir of society

Media genres are a reflection of society. Film noir is a movie that conveys a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace and cynical characters. French critics used it to describe American thriller or detective films in the 1940s. The term literally means ‘Black Film’ and features extremely negative themes. Fedora hats, trench coats and nighttime make up some of the distinguishing features of film noir. Film Noir of this era is associated with low-key black and white visual styles that have roots in...

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Black and White Film Noir

Black and white film noir evolved in the 1940’s during World War II. This time period of film replicated the post war tensions and anxieties that plagued American society during and after the war. The repetitive trend of these films was dark and almost always based on crimes that involved love and betrayal. 1941- Citizen Kane Director- Orson Wells This film was one of the earliest film noir’s produced and was budgeted at $800,000. Wells was the director, star and producer. Wells also collaborated...

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Femme Fatale - Film Noir

Film Noir is a reflection of, and reaction to, the world within which it was created. With the majority of the films shot from mid-40s through to late 50s, Film Noir is a lens into the fears and values of that time and society. With the world coming to terms with the horror of what human did to human in World War II, the genre also had to deal with how the world at home had changed. We can see in the basic conventions of the genre these fears and realisations. Corrupt society, flawed men riddled...

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Chinatown: Above the Film Noir Genre

has all the elements of a film noir: the presence of a beautiful but dangerous woman, otherwise known as the femme fatale, a gritty urban setting, compositional tension (highly contrasting light and dark colors or oblique camera angles), and themes of moral ambiguity and alienation. Chinatown, however, is different. Polanski shot Chinatown with color film, and though his colors do appear especially vivid, color film precludes the contrast intensity that black and white film offers. In addition, Evelyn...

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Kiss Me Deadly and Film Noir

During the 1940s, a new style of film emerged, which was later referred to as "film noir." These films were set apart from others due to their gritty nature and overall dark quality. They were inspired by the culture of the 1950s. There is a common belief that the 1950s was a time of complete bliss for everyone involved. In fact, it was a time of global distress due to communism and nuclear weapons and misogynist gender roles. Film noir movies were excellent at portraying the culture of fear of the...

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Film Noir to Neo Noir

Howell Film 2700 12 November 2012 Word Count: 1411 Film Noir to Neo-Noir: A Shift in Cultural Tides Film noir of the 1940s captivated audiences through its distinct form of storytelling. Strongly influenced by German Expressionism, these films have a definitive look and style that still resonates with modern audiences today. Like other classical Hollywood genres, film noir sought to bring to light tensions felt within society, namely those that affected men following World War II. Neo-noir films...

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Before Brokeback: Homosexual Undertones in Double Indemnity and Classic Film Noir

Context: The "film noir" as we know it is a world of hard-boiled crime drama with conventions that are, for a genre itself outside convention, rather consistent, especially in the realm of its major players: the sleazy smooth-talking criminal and the femme fatale. The ever-present sexual dynamic between these two provides the basis for much of the criminal action and, therefore, the ultimate ignominious downfall of the man (and the woman herself might get dragged down in the scheme as well). Often...

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 FILM NOIR'S PROGRESSIVE PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN The quintessential femme fatale of film noir uses her sexual attractiveness and ruthless cunning to manipulate men in order to gain power, independence, money, or all three at once. She rejects the conventional roles of devoted wife and loving mother that mainstream society prescribes for women, and in the end her transgression of social norms leads to her own destruction and the destruction of the men who are attracted to her. Film noir's portrayal...

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