Film Noir Conventions

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INTRODUCTION Film noir is a genre of film that blossomed in late 1930s and early 1940s during the wake of World War II. Film noir was popular during the World War II because of its thematic concerns of hopelessness, failure, deceit and betrayal. Film noir is also known as the ‘black cinema’ or ‘dark film’ for its label of the black and white film as the beginning of film noir, which were mostly crime thriller film made between 1940 and 1959 because it shows reality life, for example “ The Maltese Falcon ”(1941), “ Double Indemnity ”(1944), “ Murder My Sweet ” (1944) and “ Laura ” (1944) were credited for their signature uses of darkness (Spicer.A, 2010). Film noir can also be indentified in a specific period of film history, particularly…show more content…
Films from Classic noir period begins with “ The Maltese Falcon ” by John Huston (1941) and end with “ Touch of Evil ” by Orson Welles (1958). Normally movies in Classic Noir play with the unusual lighting which are low key light, shadow movement and the different style of camera angle(close up, tilted angle, low angle and high angles). Apart from cinematic technical, there are some themes that used in Classic noir such as the male protagonist will create misunderstanding to audiences, for example the inversion of traditional value. For instance, bad guys act as heroes, while traditional good guys like cop doing bad thing (Conard Mark T, 2006) and Classic noir always bringing the feeling of alienation, paranoia and pessimism. Hard boiled detectives will be the one of the signature of Classic Noir because it shows the harsh reality of an American daily life and the darker side of the reality society of 1940s and 1950s. After the end of classic era, the element of film noir still preserve, even it is evolving from time to time became what we know as Neo Noir. For example the neo noir film, “ Raging bulls ”(1980) by Martin Scorsese are known as the movie in Modern Era but using the element of classic noir which is black and white, and

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