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Noir after the forties. Context of forties Disillusionment with American Dream – depression, war, etc Gender issues Hays code German and Eastern European.

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1 Noir after the forties

2 Context of forties Disillusionment with American Dream – depression, war, etc Gender issues Hays code German and Eastern European influence Edward Hopper images of American life

3 Other aspects of Forties Noir Studio-bound look to the genre Contrast to the colourful musicals of the era B-movies Psychoanalysis popular leads to interest in character motivation

4 Why the French name? Post war influx of American films to French market French film critics, e.g. Francois Truffaut & Andre Bazin begin to analyse the style, content and ideology of the films

5 How does Noir evolve? Lighter cameras lead to greater use of location shooting

6 Scarlet Street – Fritz Lang 1945 Studio-bound artificial lighting

7 Killer’s Kiss – Stanley Kubrick 1955 Naturalistic, location lighting

8 Jazz music becomes more prominent in soundtrack Times change – style follows Different generation and attitudes Cold war paranoia creeps in as a theme

9 The ‘end’ of Noir Touch of Evil – Orson Welles 1958

10 1970s Noir pastiche Chinatown – Roman Polanski 1974

11 1980s – Noir parody Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid – Carl Reiner 1982

12 Neo-noir

13 Key features of Neo-Noir A ‘knowingness’ to convention Deliberately retro look - postmodern attitude Sometimes deliberate subversion of the noir ‘rules’ References to the classic noir past Playfulness Often a critique of consumer society more than fully serious psychological exploration Freedom to indulge in the amorality denied the classic noirs

14 Crossing genre boundaries

15 A Neo noir film?


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