film noir


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a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters

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Women in Film Noir (London: British Film Institute, 1998), 47-68.
As a contribution to film studies, Fatalism in American Film Noir has no clear place.
its adroit mixture of location shooting and Gothic compositions and Richardson's wonderful performance as a lower middle-class Everyman, On the Night of the Fire clearly shows that an achieved mastery of film noir existed in British cinema.
19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Film Noir 10-Movie Spotlight Collection, containing must have films, that helped define the genre, debuts on November 4, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Somewhat oddly titled in that one generally expects an "FAQ" to present "frequently asked questions" together with answers, this volume instead profiles some 200 films of the American noir genre made from about 1940 to 1960 (with Fritz Lang's 1936 Fury, "probably the first film noir," being the single exception).
Writing about film noir is unavoidably philosophical: how to define the category is not even a settled question.
Given the significance of the influence of hard-boiled crime fiction on film noir, it comes as no surprise that Walker follows Krutnik in dividing noir texts into three narrative types based on the writings of Hammett/Chandler, James M.
Mulholland Drive is a dark yarn told with film noir sensibilities--and with such unexpected plot twists and turns that at times even the actors had no idea where the story would take them.
Insomnia (First Run, 1998) The ironic problem for police investigator Jonas Engstrom (Stellan Skarsgard) is that he's stuck in an edgy film noir in which there is no dark place to hide--or sleep.
As has often been pointed out, film noir is the only quasigeneric category which has its origins in serious film criticism rather than in the film industry itself or in the entertainment press, being first formulated in French film criticism in the immediate aftermath of World War II to describe what was perceived as a new, darker mood and style in certain Hollywood movies.
Respected film noir critic James Naremore accepts that the meaning of film noir has changed over time, but still sees noir as "a discursive construct" (6) and argues that critical analysis must place such films "in a series of historical frames or contexts" (2).
The Tangled Snarl'' is a 1940s-style tribute to film noir and detective stories.
net) An icon of Film Noir, his career peaked from the late '40s through the early '60s and his versatility showed equally well in westerns and romantic dramas.
of Chicago) looks at the philosophical questions raised in film noir of the 1940s, especially the question of individual causal agency and related questions of self-knowledge and moral responsibility.
In Muiholland Drive, Lynch's dual obsessions with film noir and hot babes take on new meaning (it helps that he has an actress as subtle as Naomi Watts to handle all the twists and turns in Betty's violently zigzagging trajectory), and Hollywood's terrible logic is exposed with mordant clarity.