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SP 472 American Film History II, Week 7 - Film Noir

SP 472 American Film History II, Week 7 - Film Noir

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Film Noir 
Literally “Black Film”Evolved in the 1940’s althoughthe roots can be traced throughGerman Expressionism,French films of the 1930’s andthe stark Americangangster/crime films of the1930’sAnswer to the optimistic andpatriotic escapist fareReflected change in attitudeafter WWII1941-1958
, 1931
The Public Enemy 
, 1931
Pepe le Moko
, 1937
 
Film Noir 
Literary traditionPulp FictionWriter-driven genre
 –Raymond Chandler  –Dashiell Hammett –James M. Cain
 
Film Noir 
The “Look”Stark black & whitechiaroscuro (Italian for 
light-dark 
)
 –Physical effects of lighton surfaces –Dark and light with littlegray –Excessive shadows –“Low key” –“High Contrast”
Out of the Past 
, 1947
T-Men
, 1947

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