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Film Noir. French for “Black Film”. What is it?. Crime Fiction. Characteristics. Ambiguous narrative themes Violent death Stark , angular shadows. The isolated feel of modern cities. Conflicted anti-heroes and terse dialogue. Determined , beautiful, scheming women.

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film noir

Film Noir

French for “Black Film”

what is it
What is it?
  • Crime Fiction.
characteristics
Characteristics
  • Ambiguous narrative themes
  • Violent death
  • Stark, angular shadows.
  • The isolated feel of modern cities.
  • Conflicted anti-heroes and terse dialogue.
  • Determined, beautiful, scheming women.
  • Low-key lighting – causing black shadows
  • Depth of Field – More sharp, crisp, focused items
  • black and white visual style
characters
Characters
  • Femme Fatales
    • Women as the central role,
      • glamorous
      • dangerous
      • seductive
      • Every action marked aimed at satisfying a desire for wealth and power –
  • Conflicted Hero
    • male protagonists (usually single)
    • frequently weak
    • confused
    • susceptible to temptation
    • incapable of acting heroically.
    • often detectives who were once cops
    • psychologically flawed or wounded
  • Villain or Situation
    • This places the hero in a position to problem solve
plot types
Plot Types
  • Range of plots:
  • the central figure may be a private eye
  • a plainclothes policeman
  • an aging boxer
  • a law-abiding citizen lured into a life of
  • simply a victim of circumstance
titles
Titles
  • The Big Sheep
  • Chinatown
  • Maltese Falcon
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