Film Noir: A Brief History Of Film Noir

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Film noir, otherwise translated as “Black Film”, is a genre characterised by it’s low-key lighting, pessimistic tone, and other stylistic conventions. While it lasted for a little over a decade, spanning from the beginning of the 1940s to the late 1950s, it’s effects on Hollywood and European cinemas are profound, inspiring later contemporary films and the neo-noir genre. This essay will be analyzing the history of film noir, the influences that shaped the genre, and later developments. Film noir holds roots in the German Expressionism in cinematography, which emerged in the aftermath of the Great War. During this time, the pervasive feelings of sentiment at the ruling body in Germany gave traction to the Expressionist Movement which had existed

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