Life's a Noir

Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?

The Film Noir Community
Posting Access:
All Members , Moderated
Welcome, new members! Please look over our tags and memories before posting!

What is Film Noir?

Film (fi'lm) - n.
1. A thin skin or membrane.
2. A movie or movies considered as a group.

Noir (nwär) - adj.
1. Of or relating to the film noir genre.
2. A genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak settings.
3. Suggestive of danger or violence.
Note: The word is French for "Black."

A Brief Background
Film Noir is a term coined by French critics that grew out of the pulp novels of the 1920s and 30s. Authors such as Dashell Hammett, James M. Cain, Cornell Woolrich, and Raymond Chandler laid the groundwork with their novels and short stories. Hollywood, enjoying its "Golden Age", made several notable forays in the style, but the themes of betrayal, alienation and obsession were the antithesis of the films of the Depression. It would take the post-World War II era to really set the classic noir in motion. As the studio system began to fade in the late 40s, the "happy ending" was no longer required and a final element was in place. Characteristics include lighting influenced from German Expressionism, plots concerning dark subject matters, and an over all atmosphere that is hard to even formulate into words. Several stock characters of Film Noir include (but are no means limited to) private investigators, detectives, femme fatales (two-timing females), salesmen, and criminals.

Opening Statements
This community is for lovers of film noir and the neo-noir. Anything concerning these subject matters maybe posted, discussed, and critiqued. This forum is for film appreciators above all else so I recommend that random people who just feel like they're into "old" movies right now to move along.

Feel free to post still images from your favorite films. Discuss the films, their directors, screenwriters, actors, actresses, and so on and so forth. Post DVD bargins you come across, post any news, or really anything you feel like.

We're also open to more recent films that have noir tones to them and some of those titles can be found within the interests (example: the work of the Coen Brothers). We're even open to discussing the style of noir that is coming back in television commercials and mass media. We are not strictly about older films although we do love them.
alfred hitchcock, alphaville, band of outsiders, barbara stanwyck, basic instinct, billy wilder, black comedy, blade runner, blood simple, blue velvet, body heat, breathless, cahiers du cinéma, chinatown, cinema studies, cinematography, citizen kane, classic films, coen brothers, cornell woolrich, cowboy bebop, crime, crime films, crime scenes, criminals, crossfire, d.o.a, dames, dark city, dark comedy, dark passage, dashiell hammett, david lynch, dead reckoning, detectives, detour, dorothy parker, double indemnity, erich von stroheim, farley granger, fedoras, femme fatale, femme fatales, film, film criticism, film festivals, film noir, film theory, films, frank miller, fred macmurray, french new wave, fritz lang, gangsters, genres, german expressionism, gloria swanson, gun crazy, guns, high and low, humphrey bogart, in a lonely place, james m. cain, jean-luc godard, jimmy stewart, joan crawford, john huston, key largo, killer's kiss, kiss me deadly, kiss of death, l.a. confidential, lady from shanghai, lana turner, laura, laura mulvey, lighting, lost highway, louise brooks, m, man who wasn't there, martin scorsese, mary astor, memento, mildred pierce, modern noir, mood, movies, mulholland dr., murder, murder my sweet, murder mysteries, mystery, neo-noir, night and the city, night of the hunter, noir, notorious, odd man out, old hollywood, orson welles, otto preminger, out of the past, payback, peter lorre, philip marlowe, postman always rings twice, private investigators, pulp, pulp fiction, quentin tarantino, raoul walsh, raymond chandler, reservoir dogs, robert mitchum, roman polanski, sam spade, science fiction, shadow of a doubt, shadows, shoot the piano player, sin city, stanley kubrick, strangers on a train, sudden fear, sunset boulevard, sweet smell of success, taxi driver, the animatrix, the asphalt jungle, the big heat, the big sleep, the hitchhiker, the killers, the killing, the lost weekend, the maltese falcon, the naked city, the third man, the usual suspects, the wrong man, thrillers, tone, touch of evil, unhappy endings, veronica lake, vertigo, white heat, william holden