Film Noir. By: Bryan & Alex. Background Info. FIlm Noir literally means "black film or cinema" It was first called that by a french film critic Nino Frank in 1946, who noticed how 'dark' and downbeat and black the American crime and detective movies looked.
By: Bryan & Alex
Directed by: Alfred HItchcock
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and George Sanders
Plot: When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants.
Directed by: Charles Laughton
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lilian Gish
Plot: A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid 10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
The Night of the Hunter
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston
Plot: An Los Angeles private detective investigates an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water in the 1940s.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young
Plot: Deckard, a Blade Runner, has to track down and terminate four replicants (clones) who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker. Takes place in futuristic Los Angeles, circa 2019.
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurnman
Plot: The lives of two mob hit men, boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.