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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Film Noir
NEW Noir Now and Then Film Noir Originals and Remakes 1944 1999 by Ronald Sc
new noir now and then film noir originals and remakes 1944 1999 by ronald sc
Gelett Burgess Two OClock Courage 1934 UK 1st DJ Crime Detective Film Noir
gelett burgess two oclock courage 1934 uk 1st dj crime detective film noir
a comprehensive encyclopedia of film noir john grant hardcover new
Girl on the Train The Blu ray DVD Digital HD 2017 NEW w Slipcover
girl on the train the blu ray dvd digital hd 2017 new w slipcover
Film Noir Reader 4
film noir reader 4
ray milland charles laughton orig film noir big clock mint us herald
The Philosophy of Popular Culture Ser The Philosophy of Film Noir 2007
the philosophy of popular culture ser the philosophy of film noir 2007
Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir  Ready for Her Close Up by Julie
rethinking the femme fatale in film noir ready for her close up by julie
A Panorama of American Film Noir 1941 1953 by Etienne Chaumeton and Raymond
a panorama of american film noir 1941 1953 by etienne chaumeton and raymond
Film Noir FAQ All Thats Left to Know About Hollywoods Golden Age of Dames
film noir faq all thats left to know about hollywoods golden age of dames
European Film Noir 2007 Paperback
european film noir 2007 paperback
Creatures of Darkness  Raymond Chandler Detective Fiction and Film Noir by
creatures of darkness raymond chandler detective fiction and film noir by

« Previous12345...89

Products previously bought from this site:
new noir now and then film noir originals and remakes 19441999 by ronald sc, gelett burgess two oclock courage 1934 uk 1st dj crime detective film noir, walk softly stranger vhs 1950 rare classic film noir, a comprehensive encyclopedia of film noir john grant hardcover new, girl on the train the bluraydvddigital hd 2017 new w slipcover, angels with dirty faces michael curtiz james cagney pat obrien 1938 new, robert wise film noir house on telegraph hill orig fox still 8, marshall thompson dial 1119 original mgm film noir still 1, film noir reader 4, ray milland charles laughton orig film noir big clock mint us herald, the philosophy of popular culture ser the philosophy of film noir 2007, rethinking the femme fatale in film noir ready for her closeup by julie, a panorama of american film noir 19411953 by etienne chaumeton and raymond, stolen identity film noir 53 donald buka joan camden francis lederer, film noir faq all thats left to know about hollywoods golden age of dames, european film noir 2007 paperback, creatures of darkness raymond chandler detective fiction and film noir by, dark city the film noir, film noir a comprehensive illustrated reference to movies terms and persons, east asian film noir 978178076009 chiyun shin mark gallagher paperback new, filmnoir the big combo cornel wilde jean wallace belgium , unless the threat of death is behind them hardboiled fiction and film noir, i the jury film noir 53 biff elliot preston foster peggie castle, neonoir the new film noir style from psycho to collateral by ronald, hardboiled great lines from classic noir films, coen brothers the man who wasnt there 2001 billy bob thorton richard jenkins, the girl in pretty black dress film noir postcard b310, street with no name a history of the classic american film noir, oldboy tee mystery thriller neo noir film park chan wook tshirt s m l xl 23xl, houses of noir dark visions from thirteen film studios, euro noir the pocket essential guide to european crime fiction film , lady in the car with glasses amp; a gun bluray region 1, film noir 101 mark fertig hardcover new, hourglass film noir full spectrum mascara onyx black brand new no box, betsey johnson film noir kiss me sexy lips necklace rare, the killing of a chinese bookie 1976 john cassavetes dvd new, street with no name a history of the classic american film noir by andrew, sympathy for mr vengeance 2dvd special edition ntsc region 3 trilogy oldboy, sir arthur conan doyles sherlock holmes 5disc collectors edition 2004 dvds , charlie chan at monte carlobrand newunsealed dvd1937 classic film fast ship, doa on dvd with edmond obrien d95, richard attenborough is the man upstairs orig uk film noir drama one sheet, killer that stalked new york 1950 original van pelt film noir keyes korvin, port of new york pressbook scott brady kt stevens richard rober film noir, columbia pictures film noir classics iv 5 disc set 2014 dvd new, doa double feature 1950 amp; 1988 dvd used very good, sea of trees blu ray wdigital hd wsengeng subspan subeng sdh51dts, flamingo road crawford zach scott film noir lobby 8 1949, detective story douglas parker original lobby 7 1951 film noir, hush dvd jessica lange gwyneth paltrow johnathon schaech nina foch debi maz, he ran all the way garfield winters original lobby 8 1951 film noir, 5 film noir killer classics dvd 6disc set doadetourthe strangerkiller bait e, katharine hepburn original undercurrent mgm film noir 2, katharine hepburn orig undercurrent film noir still 7, rko film noir strange bargain original vintage still, invisible avenger dvd sam page lee edwards leo bruno film noir 1958 b, fallen angel photo dana andrewsalice faye original film noir publicity still, film noir lizabeth scottrobert ryan the racket f14656, russian avant garde poster russian constructivism poster film noire poster , house of games vhs david mamet joe mantegna lindsay crouse htf rare euc, rear window vhs hitchcock janes stewart grace kelly, russian avant garde poster russian film noir poster art constructivism art, russian avant garde poster film noir movie poster art constructivism art, film noir music cd, picture snatcher james cagney ralph bellamy film noir 1930s classic dvd new, hourglass film noir full spectrum mascara in onyx black travel size 45g new, le doulos belmondo melville reggiani film noir original movie poster, alfred hitchcock complete masterpiece collection series boxed bluray set new, film noir classic burt lancaster lizabeth scott desert fury, film noir classic dan duryea ella raines the swindlers, the devil thumbs a ride and other unforgettable filmsnoirbarry gifford, the dragnet collection vol 1 dvd 195358 tv film noir jack webb ben alexande, classic movie poster black tuesday movie poster film noir movie poster clas, classic movie poster armored car robbery movie poster film noir movie poste

Copyright © 2017 — Classic Art Films — All Rights Reserved