Film Noir

Film Noir

Films and Movie Memorabilia

The term noir means ‘black’ or ‘dark’ and was applied in 1946 by several French critics who referenced the term towards several American films made during World War II. Much of the gloomy fatalistic style of the film noir derived from American hard-boiled detective novels from the 1920’s, involving gritty social themes such as moral corruption and masculine ideals, which were written by authors Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain. And yet the roots of the film noir began much earlier, with many theorists suggesting its birth began all the way from Europe, in German’s silent German Expressionism film period of the 1920’s with films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), Nosferatu (1922) and M (1931). The style of German Expressionism immigrated to Hollywood (along with several of their German filmmakers like Fritz Lang) when the Nazis gained power, ultimately incorporating itself into the Pre-code American gangster films of the 1930’s. Much of noir’s key elements like lighting, shadows and the tragic fatalism of its characters began with the American gangster films of Public Enemy (1931) Little Caesar (1931) and Scarface (1932); films which derived much of its social themes from the time like Prohibition, the Great Depression and organized crime. After the strict enforcement of the Production Code began to take hold in the late 30’s, the genre of the gangster film began to quickly taper off, allowing once again for its style to change and evolve. Finally the movement found its official mark with John Huston’s private eye classic the Maltese Falcon in 1941. Not only did the film establish and popularize many of the conventions of the film noir genre, it also made legendary actor Humphrey Bogart into a major star. The formulaic conventions of the film noir included various flawed male detectives or criminals, filled with conflicted, cynical feelings of self-doubt, pessimism and a cold, detached view of the world. The noir genre is famously known to include despicable and unlikable anti-heroes, characters who clearly have three things on their mind: sex, greed and murder. Most of the men nonchalantly strut through the formula of a routine murder plot or thrilling crime drama; constantly using cold sex play and stoic mannerisms while spurting out tough talk and arrogant macho attitude. The women in the films (femme-fatales) are usually sexually manipulative and treacherous characters, purposely luring the men into danger or death, all for their own selfish reasons. Most noir narratives are told nonlinear, either through a series of flashbacks or revealed unchronologically. Much of these iconic conventions spawned several noir films of the era; many looked at today as cinematic classics, most famously Double Indemnity (1944), Out of the Past (1947) and The Third Man (1949). Many critics believe the film-noir movement officially began with the Maltese Falcon and ultimately came to an end with Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil in 1958. Since Touch of Evil (1958) there have been various other films which many critics label as neo-noir, noir-like films that either pay homage or even parody the conventions of the film noir genre like Chinatown (1972), Blood Simple (1984) and L.A. Confidential (1997).



Film Noir
Featured Film Noir Films

Articles and Essays on Film Noir

Rififi (1955)

American director Jules Dassin has crafted one of the greatest French heist thrillers of all time with Rififi, creating a noir gangster story constructed around a 33 minute safe cracking sequence, which was duplicated and copied several times after and yet never surpassed. The story of veteran criminals that gather a group of specialists together to carry out […]

Continue

Nosferatu (1922)

To watch F.W. Murnau’s 1922 horror masterpiece Nosferatu is to see the vampire movie before it became a trendy pop icon of commercials, jokes, skits, franchises, books and over 100 different films. Nosferatu is the greatest of all vampire films, and its surreal and haunting tone and intensity gives off the feeling as if its creators were truly in awe of […]

Continue

M (1931)

Legendary director Fritz Lang took a gamble when making M, which tells the story of a child murderer in Berlin, as the film has been credited with forming two different genres: the serial killer movie and the police procedural. Lang’s earlier silent films including Metropolis were all worldwide successes, and by the year 1931, the Nazi […]

Continue

Le Samourai (1967)

“There is no greater solitude than that of a Samurai, unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle…” Bushido (Book of the Samurai) The film opens to an near empty room, along with the sound of a bird chirping in its cage. In the shadows we can barely see a man laying on […]

Continue
Film Noir
MILDRED PIERCE 45 JOAN CRAWFORD ANN BLYTH JACK CARSON FILM NOIR 2 LOBBY CARDS
mildred pierce 45 joan crawford ann blyth jack carson film noir 2 lobby cards
$35.00
SAIGON 48 ALAN LADD VERONICA LAKE FILM NOIR LC5
saigon 48 alan ladd veronica lake film noir lc5
$55.00
SAIGON 48 ALAN LADD SHIRTLESS AND READY TO FIGHT FILM NOIR VF+ LC2
saigon 48 alan ladd shirtless and ready to fight film noir vf+ lc2
$55.00
THE LADY GAMBLES 49 BARBARA STANWYCK IS COMPLUSIVE GAMBLER FILM NOIR TC
the lady gambles 49 barbara stanwyck is complusive gambler film noir tc
$95.00
SPELLBOUND 1945 Alfred Hitchcock Bergman Peck Classic Film Noir Rare NEW Blu Ray
spellbound 1945 alfred hitchcock bergman peck classic film noir rare new blu ray
$29.87
MILDRED PIERCE 45 JOAN CRAWFORD ANN BLYTH FILM NOIR 2 LOBBY CARDS
mildred pierce 45 joan crawford ann blyth film noir 2 lobby cards
$25.00
SAIGON 48 ALAN LADD VERONICA LAKE ESCAPE WRECKED PLANE FILM NOIR VF LC8
saigon 48 alan ladd veronica lake escape wrecked plane film noir vf lc8
$59.99
THE WOMAN ON PIER 13 50 ROBERT RYAN LARAINE DAY FILM NOIR TITLE CARD
the woman on pier 13 50 robert ryan laraine day film noir title card
$125.00
KEY LARGO 48 HUMPHREY BOGART AND GANGSTER EDWARD G ROBINSON FILM NOIR LC
key largo 48 humphrey bogart and gangster edward g robinson film noir lc
$45.00
THE SHANGHAI STORY 54 SEXY RUTH ROMAN EDMOND OBRIEN FILM NOIR TITLE CARD
the shanghai story 54 sexy ruth roman edmond obrien film noir title card
$79.99
BORDERLINE 50 FRED MacMURRAY CLAIRE TREVOR WITH GUNS FILM NOIR TITLE CARD
borderline 50 fred macmurray claire trevor with guns film noir title card
$149.99
CONFLICT 45 HUMPHREY BOGART SYDNEY GREENSTREET FILM NOIR TITLE CARD
conflict 45 humphrey bogart sydney greenstreet film noir title card
$119.99

« Previous12345...89

Products previously bought from this site:
mildred pierce 45 joan crawford ann blyth jack carson film noir 2 lobby cards, saigon 48 alan ladd veronica lake film noir lc5, saigon 48 alan ladd shirtless and ready to fight film noir vf lc2, the lady gambles 49 barbara stanwyck is complusive gambler film noir tc, spellbound 1945 alfred hitchcock bergman peck classic film noir rare new blu ray, film noir anne bancroft 1955 original portrait photo new york confidential, coleen gray with victor mature original filmnoir photo 1947 kiss of death, mildred pierce 45 joan crawford ann blyth film noir 2 lobby cards, saigon 48 alan ladd veronica lake escape wrecked plane film noir vf lc8, the woman on pier 13 50 robert ryan laraine day film noir title card, key largo 48 humphrey bogart and gangster edward g robinson film noir lc, the shanghai story 54 sexy ruth roman edmond obrien film noir title card, borderline 50 fred macmurray claire trevor with guns film noir title card, conflict 45 humphrey bogart sydney greenstreet film noir title card, the woman on the beach 46 joan bennett robert ryan jean renoir film noir tc, a dangerous profession 49 george raft ella raines film noir lobby card set, erotic psychological thriller vhs video 3 tape lot 15, film noir peter lorre original 1940s lobby card the chase don wilson cochran, film noir michele morgan lot 2 original 1940s lobby cards the chase, film noir lot 3 original 1950s lobby cards george raft stanwyck lois maxwell, film noir lightning strikes twice lot 2 original 1950s lobby cards ruth roman, film noir barbara stanwyck original 1950 photo thelma jordon wendell corey, film noir alexis smith scott brady original 1950 lobby card undercover girl, film noir alexis smith scott brady original 1940s lobby card the chase, film noir alexis smith scott brady 1940s original lobby card the chase, kiss of death bluray twilight time film noir richard widmark newfast ship, altonjohnjohn alton film noir collection dvd new, twin peaks fire walk with me bluray the criterion collection, revenge of the zombies monster horror creature dead shocking film noir zombie, cuban decor graphic design movie poster fortime to diefilm noircolombia, the maltese falcon dashiell hammett pulp noir sam spade pi humphrey bogart film, hipster mustache bicycle paris film noir illustration pillow sham by roostery, jewish israel film noir turquoise reflections turquoise pillow sham by roostery, hipster mustache bicycle vintage paris film noir pillow sham by roostery, film noir white and black gun shadows blue and black pillow sham by roostery, film noir dragonlady moll secretary widow murder mystery pillow sham by roostery, movie film noir noir femme fatale dames police lineup pillow sham by roostery, odd man out james mason robert newton dvd, triple deception uk spy crime thriller film noir michael craig 1sh movie poster, movie film noir train forties night time city skyline pillow sham by roostery, film noir no questions asked barry sullivan original 1951 photo detective, he walked by night dvd 2003 mint discno scratchesusaoutofprint, film noir mid century modern circle target pillow sham by roostery, film noir birds falcon movie noir pillow sham by roostery, film movie cinema film noir actors pictures 40s pillow sham by roostery, film noir noir movie abstract geometric pillow sham by roostery, movie film noir noir city animals characters night pillow sham by roostery, film noir movies crime criminal knife gun pillow sham by roostery, postman always rings twice lana turner john garfield film noir 1946 lc8, gilda dvd sony pictures nov2000 classic film noir stars rita hayworth, film noir robert blake original 1950s portrait photo revolt in the big house, film noir noir movie texture blender roses pillow sham by roostery, movie film noir noir guns drama police cigarette pillow sham by roostery

Copyright © 2018 — Classic Art Films — All Rights Reserved