Film Noir Discussion Part 2 – Historic Hollywood (December 13th, 2015)

Historic Hollywood hosts Lex Michael and Byron Thompson do an an in depth discovery of the masters of film who built Hollywood. In depth biography and filmography of the cinematic masters of the past. Today we’re continuing our talk about Film Noir.

Film Noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly such that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood’s classical film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Great Depression.

The term film noir, French for “black film”, first applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank in 1946, was unrecognized by most American film industry professionals of that era. Cinema historians and critics defined the category retrospectively. Before the notion was widely adopted in the 1970s, many of the classic films noirs were referred to as melodramas. Whether film noir qualifies as a distinct genre is a matter of ongoing debate among scholars.

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  1. André Raymond
    December 14, 2015

    Another great show. "The Long Goodbye" (Altman), "In The Electric Mists" (Tavernier), "DOA" (Morton-Jankael) and "The Usual Suspects" (Singer) You could go on for six hours without exhausting the subject. Have a happy holliday.

  2. Jeffrey Grimm
    December 14, 2015

    More NOIR please. "Dead Men Don''t Wear Plaid", while not a noir itself, is a great way to see all those great moments presented in a clever way. …and the list goes on. 
    A film you didn't mention that seems to fit the neo-noir mold is "Hollywoodland"

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