This is a complete presentation on Film Noir and Neo Noir Films - 1940 - 1991. THERE ARE MANY ACTUAL SLIDES IN THE PREVIEW FOR YOUR REVIEW. THIS IS YOUR BEST INDICATION OF PRODUCT QUALITY.
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Films Covered Include:
CLASSIC FILM NOIR, 1940 - 1960
Diabolique (English title is "The Fiends," which no one uses; everyone uses French title)
Elevator to the Gallows (French title is "Ascenseur Pour l'échafaud")
In a Lonely Place
Night of the Hunter
Postman Always Rings Twice (Lana Turner, John Garfield)
Purple Noon (French Title is "Plein Soleil")
Shadow of a Doubt
Shoot the Piano Player (French Title is "Tirez sur le pianiste")
Strangers on a Train
Woman in the Window
NEO NOIR (1974-1991)
Chinatown, 1974, Roman Polanski
The Long Good Friday, 1980, John Mackenzie (UK)
Body Heat, 1981, Lawrence Kasdan
The 4th Man, 1983, Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands)
Body Double, 1984, Brian DePalma
Blood Simple, 1984, Joel & Ethan Coen
House of Games, 1987, David Mamet
The Vanishing, 1988, George Sluizer (Netherlands)
The Grifters, 1990, Stephen Frears
Dead Again, 1991, Kenneth Branagh
EXCERPT: BULLET POINTS ON FILM NOIR:
~French phrase for black film or dark film.
~stylish Hollywood crime dramas with cynical attitudes and sexually ~motivated characters.
~low-key black-and-white style.
~roots in German Expressionism.
~derives from the American hardboiled crime fiction that emerged in the 1930s.
~term film noir, was not recognized by the American film industry of its own era.
~film noir term came into usage in the 1970s.
~encompasses a range of plots and characters with the sometime use of private eyes and police detectives.
~although these films were originally American productions, they became international, with the French New Wave getting the ball rolling.
~films released after the classical era often share the same attributes as the classical.
~sometimes the term neo-noir is used to describe a film noir of contemporary times.
BULLET POINTS ON ART INFLUENCE UPON FILM NOIR
~artistic movement of German Expressionism, 1910s - 1920s, was the primary art influence.
~many artists, both Jewish and non-Jewish, had to flee Germany as Hitler and the Nazis formed.
~if they were not Jewish, it was because they were classed as "degenerates."
~Hollywood benefitted enormously from this because these film artists all left for America, as did painters and artists of every medium.
~emigres included the early noir figures of Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, and Michael Curtiz.
~the emigres showed Hollywood a dramatic shadowed lighting style.
~expressing how one felt in one’s art was the key aspect to German Expressionism so a psychologically expressive approach arrived in Hollywood too.