Film Noir Critical Essays


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“Dark Film” and Sunset Blvd. Essay

Sunset Boulevard (1950), written and directed by Billy Wilder exemplifies the film noir style through its use of visual elements (lighting, shots and angles), memorable characters, themes and overall structure of the film. Film noir, by translation alone, means dark film, and by that measurement Sunset Boulevard certainly fits the genre.


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Film Analysis Of Double Indemnity Film Studies Essay

in accordance with with the crime doesnt pay principles of the era, Billy Wilder even added a shot of Neff dying in the San Quentin gas chamber, but thought the film looked better with the film concluding as Neff hears the wails of police and/or ambulance sirens approaching. This was film noir (more exactly, “black film”), invented and named by Fren...


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Film Noir Features in Blade Runner and The Matrix Essay

“Blade Runner” is more of a film noir film than “The Matrix”. Film noir comes from the French term, ‘A Black Film’ or a ‘Dark Film’.


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‘Film Noir’

The conventions of the 1946 critics of ‘Film Noir’ are that they are mostly involved with the ‘tough guy’ who would be stable throughout the story and they are portrayed about how they are upright and how they are shown with the ‘femme fatale’ when they show off and get entangled with them to make love which turns out to be dangerous. The historical...


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Film Noir: A Tapestry of American History Essay

Film noir is a complicated genus, although complicated and shrouded in controversy its impact on American society and culture is extraordinary. Understanding how Film Noir reflected the political, social and cultural changes in America is accomp... ... middle of paper ... ...'s Big Screen: How Modern Audiences Experience Yesterday's Classics."


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Comparative Film Analysis: Shutter Island and Insomnia

Film critic, Lisa Kennedy, from rottentomatoes.com states, “What is real? “The best thing about Insomnia is that despite director Christopher Nolan’s soft spot for moody-blues obfuscation, he has the good sense to keep his star in practically every shot,” said Peter Rainer, a New York Magazine writer, on the film critic website, rottentomatoes.com (...


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How does the contemporary femme fatale differ from the femme fatal of the 1940’s

Later when she ‘allows’ Nick to rape her (this ambiguous scene enraged feminist critics, save Camille Paglia, who has dissected the accusations of this scene in depth), we begin to see a side of Beth that suggests her awareness of her own sexuality, a concept that was rarely acknowledged by the ‘good’ girl of film noir. As film noir, Basic Instinct ...


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Bunohan: A Noir Film Analysis

He emphasizes that film noir depicts the specific period of film history, which refers to the Hollywood films of the 40’s which mostly portray darkness in the city streets, low key lighting, crime and corruption. Film Noir which means black films in French, was actually coined by a French film critics, Nino Frank in 1946, who began to notice that da...


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Essay on Film Noir: A Style Spanning Genres

Works Cited Conard, Mark T. The Philosophy of Film Noir. The primary elements we need to examine when categorizing the phenomenon of film noir are the definitions of genre and style.


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l.a confidential film noir

This comes back to the key convention of corruption in film noir. The narrative of any film must have certain ‘key conventions’ which are apparent for the audience to tell the genre of the film.


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The Big Lebowski Raises a Glass to Classic Film Noir Essay

The Coen Brothers were inspired by film noir when making their movie, The Big Lebowski. The Big Lebowski Raises a Glass to Classic Film Noir On the surface, The Big Lebowski might look like a simple stoner comedy, but with closer inspection the film possess sharp undertones of film noir.


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Film Noir and Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard Essay

Often, films made in the style of film noir present audiences with a rugged, cynical, and disillusioned protagonist. Film Noir, a term coined by the French to describe a style of film characterized by dark themes, storylines, and visuals, has been influencing cinematic industries since the 1940’s.


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Television Crime Fiction And Post Modernism Film Studies Essay

Film Analysis: Postmodernism in visual arts is considered as a one of the perspective of film noir and vice versa. The following list is an compilation of film noir recurring technique from Paul Schrader’s chapter on “Notes on Film Noir” .


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Blade Runner as a Classic Film Noir and a Science Fiction Film Essay

Blade Runner is, definitively, a science fiction film, but the traits of Film Noir are the bread and butter, bringing it the dark, desperate atmosphere that is the very beauty of the film. Why am I doing this?’ and the replicants can ask, ‘why am I a replicant, why am I like this?’ The answer of course, the bitter sentiment of Film Noir, ‘for no rea...


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Jean-Patrick Manchette Essay

Jean-Patrick Manchette, born December 19, 1942 in Marseille and died June 3, 1995 in Paris, is a French writer, author of detective novels, literary and film critic, screenwriter and film dialogue writer, and translator. In 1974 he worked with Abel Paz, Raoul Vaneigem and Mustapha Khayati on a film project focusing on the Spanish Social Revolution o...


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Miami Film Noir

We have much to learn from Mike Davis, CITY OF QUARTZ (Vintage, 1992) who discusses the paradoxical effects that the representations of Los Angeles in hardboiled novels and their translation into film noir cinema had on the image and myth of that city. Butler, Jeremy G., "Miami Vice, The Legacy of Film Noir," in FILM NOIR READER, Eds.


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Review of the 1949 The Third Man film

When he penned The Third Man, Greene knew about the traditions of film noir, and he received them not as platitudes mandated by a classification, but rather as bits of a bigger perplex. In the same way as other ladies in film noir, she is the question of solitary love, and, monitoring the hero’s enthusiasm for her, she manipulates his warmth.


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The Big Sleep: Movie vs. Novel Essay

Novels into Film. Howard Hawks chose to film The Big Sleep in the genre of film noir; this seemed like the obvious choice for a hardboiled detective novel.


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Essay on Chinatown as Film Noir

However, the most distinctive feature of the film noir genre is the abundance of darkness. Roman Polanski's 1974 film, 'Chinatown', revolutionized the film noir genre.


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Jim Thompson Essay

The story is transposed to a small colonial town in French West Africa and the film receives a good critical reception. In 2010, the director Michael Winterbottom adapted the novel The Demon in my skin, or, in full version, The Assassin who is in me, in the film The Killer Inside Me (original title of the novel) , with Casey Affleck as Lou Ford.


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Chinatown: Above The Film Noir Genre Essay

The standard film noir private eye is a passive, cool, cynical, masochistic character who maintains a subjective view of the case and can sift through peoples’ stories to solve the mystery. Polanski added an entirely new dimension to classic film noir by linking up its darkness with the paranoid and depressed mood of post-Vietnam, post-Watergate Ame...


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Black novel Essay

Since 1998, the city of Frontignan and the Soleil Noir association have organized the International Festival of Black Romanesque (FIRN) every year in the district of La Peyrade. Henceforth, the noir novel designates today a detective novel inscribed in a precise social reality, carrying a critical discourse, even protesting.


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Discuss Unreliability In Shutter Island

Shutter Island would be considered a neo-noir film due to the fact that it does “relate or draw upon the notion, the image and the putative conventions of film noir, and, directly or indirectly, on some of the film featuring centrally within most version of the basic noir canon”. Shutter Island strongly follows the film noir genre characteristics by...


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Representation of Women in Action Films Essay

Of course let’s not forget the film noir style of dark shots and undertones of mistrust, cynicism, and despair. Gender Inequality in Film .


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Film Noir in The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity

While noir films typically incorporated and were identified by their visual styles, movies commonly associated as film noirs revolved around genres such as the gangster film, gothic romance, or melodrama. The film was the first of its kind that used film noir for what it in essence stood for, and became a hit from the day it was released.


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Film Noir: The Maltese falcon Essay

Lighting and camera angles played a huge role in creating the mystery in Film Noir. The Maltese Falcon is an example of film noir because of the usage of camera angles, lighting and ominous settings, as well as sinister characters as Samuel Spade, the anti-hero on a quest for meaning, who encounters the death of his partner but does not show any sig...


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Complex Narrative Structure Of Memento

It is easy to assume that this film would in fact fit the criteria of the Hollywood mainstream motion picture, only upon looking at the cast and A-List director- Christopher Nolan- who one could assume would use his ‘usual’ cinematic style to ensure the success of this film. In the sphere of cinema and film, these mechanisms shape the influential ‘c...


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The particular stylistic and thematic strategies of early expressionist cinema

How Do Film Trailers Persuade Their Target Audience To Go And See The Film Have Teens changed throughout the years Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ . This became known as ‘Film noir’, meaning ‘black film’.


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The Big Sleep - The Movie and The Book

The two genres are not interchangeable, though they are closely related; The Big Sleep transfers much more easily into film noir than it would, I imagine, transfer into a musical. However, the genre conventions present there, while similar to, are not the same as the genre conventions of film noir.


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Gender Representation in Film

The archetypal femme fatale of film noir use her sexual attractiveness and merciless manipulation to trick men in order to achieve power, money, or independence, or all of them at the same time (filmnoirstudies, 2008). Film Noir, is a term which is used to describe Hollywood crime dramas in 40’s and 50’s with cynical attidues and sexual motivations.


1356 words (3.4 pages)

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