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  • Film Noir Genre
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    "Chinatown" as Film Noir Films that are classified as being in the film noir genre all share some basic characteristics. There is generally a voice-over throughout the film in order to guide the audience's perceptions. These movies also involve a crime and a detective who is trying to figure out the truth in the situation. This detective usually encounters a femme fatale who seduces him. However, the most distinctive feature of the film noir genre is the abundance of darkness. Roman Polanski's 1...
  • Existential Films
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    EXISTENTIALISM IN FILM I could not say where or how existentialist themes first emerged in film. Often times, critics will point to the work of Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini as early examples. Indeed, these two men are titans in their art, and they will be discussed in this essay. However, it occurs to me that a certain genre of film being made in America during the late forties and early fifties perhaps deserves credit for treating very early, if not for the first time, subject matter and...
  • Dr Peterson And The Fraud Dr Edwards
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    Spellbound In the film Spellbound Dr. Murchison, the head of Green Manors mental asylum, is retiring to be replaced by Dr. Edwards, a famous psychiatrist. Dr. Edwards arrives and is immediately attracted to Dr. Constance Peterson. Nevertheless, it soon becomes apparent that Dr. Edwards is a paranoid amnesic fraud. He runs from the police and Dr. Peterson is compelled to find and help him remember what happened to the real Dr. Edwards. Spellbound was not a film noir. Crime and detection wasn't vi...
  • Film Noir
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    Red Rock West is a hood example of a new-age film noir. It has all the elements that are needed to make a film noir such as light and dark contrast, symbolic environment, the femme fatal, corruption, treachery, and deception. The film is unlike classic noir because of its use of color, irony, and humor in the movie. In the opening scene we get a sense of what Michael is like. He is driving a boat of a car across the barren desert, like he is scavenging for something. Strapped for money he stops ...
  • Film Noir
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    Film noir is one of the most beloved and popular "period" film genres of the late twentieth century, although at the time that the movies comprising the genre were made, the term film noir was unknown. Essentially, it mean "black film" - a variation on the nineteenth-century French critical term roman noir, or "black novel" - referring to any number of doom-laden, deeply psychological crime dramas of the 1940's and 1950's. At the time they were made, the movies were simply gangster films or myst...
  • Consistent With Film Noir As Mike
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    Film noir has been around since the years following World War II, yet it has managed to keep the same characteristics it originally had. There have been many movies than may have film noir characteristics, but few can claim to be a true film noir. In recent years, the only major change made to the style of film noir has been the addition of color. Red Rock West is a 90's version of film noir, yet it still carries most, if not all, of the characteristics of classical film noir. Mike, the protagon...
  • Absent Family Of Film Noir
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    Percolating Paranoia Fritz Lang's The Big Heat Fritz Lang brings the terrors of noir into the bright kitchens of America. Watch that coffee pot! BY HIn Bright Lights 12 devoted to film noir, Gary Morris locates the malaise giving rise to the noir sensibility in the 'mechanized, immoral, soul-destroying city. ' 1 He defines the urban noir setting as attacking its characters' chances for 'hope, happiness, peace, complacency, and romance' (Morris 16). Although the attack may be related to the loss ...
  • Primary Moods Of Classic Film Noir
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    Dames, Coppers, and Crooks: A Look At Film Noir Film noir is a style of black and white American films that first evolved in the 1940's, became prominent in the post-war era, and lasted in a classic "Golden Age" period until about 1960. Frank Nino, a French film critic, first coined the label film noir, which literally means black film or cinema, in 1946. Nino noticed the trend of how "dark" and black the looks and themes were of many American crime and detective films released in France followi...
  • Roles Of Susan Vargas And Tanya
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    The arts, whether through words, film, melody or watercolor, have always reflected the society that created them. Within these renditions, the role of the women holds a great importance. Women have long been seen as the silent backbone of the family, and the family is itself the most basic unit of society. The interaction of this unit, primarily between husband and wife, is the microcosm for the interplay of man and woman as a whole. The genre of film noir relied heavily on that intercourse to c...
  • Tension Between Mike Vargas And Hank Quinlin
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    Touch of Evil Director: Orson Welles Producers: Rick Schmid lin, Albert ZugsmithDirector of Photography: Russel MettyWriter: Orson Welles Editor: Aaron Still, Walter MurchPoduction Designer / Art Director: Robert ClatworkthAlexander Golitzen AVF 10 - 5/1/05 In Orson Welles' classic film noir production Touch of Evil, a Mexican police officer named Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston), becomes the target of an American police officer named Hank Quinlin (Orson Welles), when Vargas attempts to expose Quin...
  • Typical Film Noir Style Movie
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    LA Confidential and Film Noir One of the most influential film movements in the 1940's was a genre that is known today as film noir. Film noir was a recognizable style of filmmaking, which was created in response to the rising cost of typical Hollywood movies (Buss 67). Film noir movies were often low budget films; they used on location shoots, small casts, and black and white film. The use of black and white film stock not only lowered production costs, but also displayed a out of place disposi...
  • Lost Weekend A Film Noir Movie
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    Matt Cowell Film Noir Sept, 28th 2003 Dr. Greta A. Niu "The Lost Weekend" Film Noir or Not Though "The Lost Weekend" is considered to be film noir, there are major differences between it and other classic film noir movies. What makes The Lost Weekend a film noir movie? As we have seen The Lost Weekend has no femme fatale, no mystery, murder, private eye, and none of the leading ladies is particularly sultry or sensual. However as I analyzed the film there are many key areas in which The Lost Wee...
  • Film Noir Movies
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    Blade Runner was considered one of the most significant and best made science fiction movies of its genre. The movie was directed by Ridley Scott, produced by Michael De eley, and stars Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. The theme of the movie is basically man's eternal quest to find infinite life, and how short life really is. It is also about man's egocentrism, making cyborgs that look and act like just like humans. It is the year 2019; artificial human robots called Replicants have been made for...
  • Conventions Of The Film Noir Genre
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    The film noir, or black film, is known as a popular phenomenon in American film-making. The era of the film noir began during, and following the war, becoming a common part of the American movie culture in the 1940's and 1950's. Later in the 70's, 80's and 90's, the conventions of film noir grew popular once again in what is considered the post-noir, or neo-noir era. The film noir encourages realism, and depicts dark images and a fatalistic perspective of the world. Notorious for it's American c...
  • Characteristic Of Film Noir In M
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    Into the Underworld The film M, directed by Fritz Lang and written by K aes, was created in 1931. The movie was made right after the German Expressionistic movement ended in 1926. M takes place in Berlin, Germany, where a child murderer is on the loose. The murderer, Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre), has been creating problems for the criminal underworld's businesses, so they too, along with the police, are interested in capturing Beckert. The story develops in a desolate urban landscape which include...
  • Film Noir Movies Share
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    Film noir is a type of film that is characterized by its dark somber tone and cynical pessimistic mood. This type of film mostly applies to Hollywood films of the? 40's and? 50's. For example? Double Indemnity? and? Chinatown? are two film noir classics. Although all film noir movies share common stories, these two in particularly share many characteristics of this film type. The two films were made 30 years apart, but they still keep the film noir characteristics very vividly in their story. Th...
  • Detective And The Bad Guy
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    The Big Sleep" directed by Howard Haus is definitely an example of film noir. Throughout the movie I noticed dark shadowy images where the protagonist and the femme fatale would exchange witty dialogue. The film held all the major aspects of a film noir, except for maybe one. Heavy music floods your ears while dark rainy pictures take over the screen. Whenever Bogart is driving somewhere or searching for something the picture turns significantly darker and adds more shadows. When Bogart stakes o...
  • Film Noir Protagonist The City
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    Discuss the influence of either the Expressionist or Neo-Realist theory of cinematic representation on the development of film noir. 'Realism in art can only be achieved in one way - through artifice" Andre Bazin For polemical purposes Bazin establishes a kind of heroic line of realist film-makers, beginning from Stroh eim, Mur nau and Flaherty in the silent period, represented by Renoir in the 1930's and culminating in the 1940's with a (theoretical not actual) coalition of the Italian neo-real...

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