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film noir

(fĭlm′ nwär′)
n. pl. film noirs (fĭlm′ nwärz′, nwär′) or films noirs (fĭlm′ nwär′)
1. A movie characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical characters.
2. The genre or style of such movies.

[French : film, film (from English film; see film) + noir, black (from Old French, from Latin niger, nigr-; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots).]
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film noir

(nwɑː)
n
(Film) a gangster thriller, made esp in the 1940s in Hollywood characterized by contrasty lighting and often somewhat impenetrable plots
[C20: French, literally: black film]
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film′ noir′


n.
1. a motion picture genre marked by grim urban settings, cynical, bleakly pessimistic characters, and starkly shadowed photography.
2. a motion picture in this genre.
[1955–60; < French: literally, black film]
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film noir

1. A French phrase meaning black film, used to mean the type of moody gangster movies made in the 1940s.
2. Moody style of gangster or thriller film, often shot in dark contrasting images.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.film noir - a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters; "film noir was applied by French critics to describe American thriller or detective films in the 1940s"
motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, film, picture show, flick, picture - a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location"
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At the studio, she was primarily featured in film noirs playing a femme fatale or a shady character.
There's a palpable sexual frisson between the conman and Dunst's tourist and an impressive period atmosphere that recalls some of the very best film noirs.
Bertrand Tavernier, who attended last year's festival with two of his films, will present some of his fave, including what he considers to be forgotten French classics and lesser-known American film noirs.
This claustrophobic sensibility extended to many films that were not Film Noirs but attested to the influence of that genre.
Her focus on minor female characters, however, provides a more complex reading of both of these classic film noirs.
And without Spillane, you wouldn't get any film noirs either.
In considering whether film noirs fit Aristotle's definition of tragedy, Jarvie bridges the gap between philosophy and literary criticism with remarkable clarity.
This class slippage is illustrated in one of the greatest of the film noirs, Anthony Mann's Raw Deal.
In doing so, his judicious use of locales, moody night settings and stark Miklos Rozsa score produced a highly stylized pic that set many of the standards for film noirs to come.
In fact, this book works best as a cultural studies text that reveals how one can apply contemporary psychoanalytic theories to a hand-picked selection of thrillers, "women's film" melodramas, film noirs, and Alfred Hitchcock movies.
Signaling his uninspired approach, Dickos has named his book after one of the more routine, justly forgotten film noirs of the post-WWII era.
Many key film noirs are scrutinized in the early chapters as well.